Michigan State University has an online application system through the Office of Admissions. Additionally, to be considered for admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree program in studio art, an applicant must submit materials directly to the department.
MSU requires everyone to complete the general online application for graduate study - this is completed by Masters and PhD students in every area. Because it is a general application, there are some parts of the that are unnecessary or that duplicates the materials requested at the departmental level. It is important to remember in addition to the online application, you will need to submit the materials requested above to our department directly.
Department of Art, Art History, and Design Michigan State University 600 Auditorium Road 113 Kresge Art Center East Lansing, MI 48824
Applicants are required to identify their concentration when they submit an application (Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture). The program is designed to allow concentration in an individual discipline within a multi-disciplinary environment where exploration and experimentation across media are welcomed. It is not uncommon for MFA candidates to work individually or collaboratively with mixed media, installation, video, or performance. Many of our MFA's are creating work at the intersection of or space between the various concentration areas. We feel that a multi-disciplinary environment is reflective of the contemporary art world and is key to a successful MFA experience for many artists.
We request that you submit a "statement of intent" - this is an artist statement which also addresses your motivation/goals for pursing the MFA at Michigan State University in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. The MSU online application requests two statements:
ACADEMIC STATEMENT: For the requested "academic statement" that is part of the online application, you have two options: 1). submit the "statement of intent/artist statement" in the academic statement field on the online application or 2). write a note that says "see materials sent to department."
PERSONAL STATEMENT: For the personal statement, it is up to you whether or not you submit. If you elect to do so, the faculty will review. The personal statement is intended to provide applicants the opportunity to share biographical information that they would like the review committee to know, but that doesn't necessarily fit within the statement of intent/artist statement. You could think of this personal statement as a biography of sorts - it could allow you to share information about your background, interests, hardships, your past education experience and future educational goals, professional goals, etc.