The application deadline for our MFA program has been extended to March 15, 2013.
- Fall admission: February 1st
- Graduate Assistantship applications: February 1st
- Spring admission: October 15th
- Assistantship applications for spring semester are not accepted
For admission to the M.F.A. program in the Department of Art, the Graduate School does not require submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. However, the taking of the GRE test is necessary for students who wish to compete for a non-resident tuition waiver.
Please submit the following information directly to the Graduate School:
- Graduate School Application form.
- Application Fee.
- Two official transcripts from each institution previously attended.
- International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
- GRE scores (if taking to apply for out-of-state tuition waiver.
Applications must also be made to the Department of Art. Our departmental evaluation requires the following materials, which should be sent directly to the Department:
- A letter of intent stating the applicant's goals and objectives with regard to graduate study.
- A portfolio of work (20 digital images of studio work which the applicant feels would most effectively represent his/her involvement, ability, and potential).
- Digital images must be formatted for Mac computers. Submit twenty images (jpeg format) on a single CD; submit a duplicate CD as well. Label both CDs with applicant's name. No adhesive labels. Digital images, in RGB color, should be no larger than 5MB each. We recommend the longest pixel size of 1600, no smaller than 72dpi/ppi. Do not submit a PowerPoint presentation. Do not submit PDF files. Please do not direct to a website.
- Label each image as follows: LastnameFirstname01.jpg (e.g., JohnsonRobert01.jpg). Number your images in the order you wish to have them viewed. Include with your submission a hard-copy image list headed with your name and area/s of study to which you are applying. The image list should indicate, by corresponding number, the title, date, dimensions, and medium of each work.
- Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate instructors or other appropriate individuals, indicating the readiness of the applicant to pursue independent and sustained graduate-level work.
- Application for Teaching Assistantship (if applying).
- SASE if return of CD is desired.
Department of Art
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8004
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8004
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8075
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8075
The entire Graduate Faculty of the Department will review all materials submitted by each applicant. We arrive at admission decisions by measuring as accurately as possible:
- The applicant's demonstrated preparedness and potential to be successful in our program.
- Our sense, as a faculty, that we could contribute, in a meaningful and constructive way, to the student's development as an artist.
- Available space in the program, as well as faculty and departmental resources.
Graduate Assistantships are awarded competitively and based on Department and University needs. Priorities are established by evaluating:
- Previous teaching experience, if any.
- Expressed interest and attitude.
- Quality of the student's scholarship and studio work.
Preference will generally be given to graduate students who have been in the program for one full year. Occasionally, first year students - who have demonstrated potential as a teacher - will be awarded assistantships. Teaching Assistants are responsible for up to twenty hours of service per week including their instructional involvement. A coordinator for Teaching Assistants will monitor the T.A.s' classroom performance, and meet regularly to discuss related observations. Applications for Graduate Assistantships are available from the Art Department and must be submitted on or before February 1st. Please see the "Graduate Catalog" for additional information.
Contact the Department of Art at (208) 282-2361 or www.isu.edu/art