Visual Arts Admissions FAQ

How do I apply to the Visual Arts MFA program?
Please see the School of the Arts Admissions page for information on how to apply.

How many students apply and how many are admitted?
Between 1000 - 1200 students apply each year for 26 spaces.
When and how will I find out if I have been accepted to the MFA Program?
Please see the Application and Admissions Policies page for information on notification of admission.

Must I have an undergraduate degree and must it be in Visual Arts?

You must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university but it does not have to be in Visual Arts.

Is the Visual Arts MFA Program an interdisciplinary program and if I apply for one discipline must I only work in this discipline for the entire two years?
The Visual Arts MFA program is an interdisciplinary program. Applicants are separated into disciplines (Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, New Genres, and Photography) for the application process but once accepted, may explore other disciplines and work in any area they choose.

How long is the program and can I study part-time?

The Visual Arts MFA program is a two-year full time program. There is no part-time study available.

It is not possible for prospective students to sit in on classes.

What does it cost to attend the School of the Arts?

Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is here. Please note that this information pertains to the current academic year, and is subject to change for the upcoming year.

Is there financial aid available?

Columbia University School of the Arts and Columbia University Student Financial Services work carefully with students to arrange the financing of their degrees. Loan packages, fellowships, scholarships and other options are available for eligible students. It is recommended that any applicant wishing to be considered for financial aid complete all necessary financial aid applications by February 15, 2013. Please see the Financing Your Degree page for information.

Is there housing?
Columbia University Apartment Housing consists of a limited number of apartment shares, dormitory-style rooms and a very limited number of one-bedroom, studio and family units for which priority is given to couples and families. This housing is primarily located within walking distance of the campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood.

Applications for Columbia housing may be made only after a student has been accepted, and are handled by the University Apartment Housing (UAH) Office. Please see the Housing page for more information.

What equipment does the Visual Arts Program and School of the Art have and what sort of access will I have?

Each MFA student is provided with a private art studio with 24-hour access in one of the School of the Arts facilities. Additionally, there are two woodshops, one metal shop, a kiln, two digital media labs, several darkrooms, a color processor, video cameras, projectors and printmaking facilities.
Visual Arts
310 Dodge Hall
Mail Code 1806
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-4065

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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.