Apply – Graduate Application Requirements
All application materials, including the portfolio and transcripts, must be received by January 5, 2021.
Late or incomplete applications, portfolios, or transcripts will not be accepted.
As it generally takes several weeks to complete an application, it is strongly recommended that applicants prepare their materials early to ensure completion by the deadline.
Graduate Application Requirements
To apply, you need to hold a degree from an accredited four-year university with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; it need not be in Art Studio. You need to provide evidence of your ability and commitment to the art process. GRE scores are not required for admission to the M.F.A. program or for fellowship consideration.
Graduate Application Guidelines
Students are admitted fall quarter only.
Apply online in two steps:
Applicants must complete both of these steps before their application will be reviewed for admission. Both steps must be completed on or before the posted deadline date. We strongly recommend that applicants submit their university online application and their online portfolio on the same day to ensure timely review of their materials. Applicants who complete one part of the application process but not the other will not be considered for admission and will not be entitled to a refund of any application fees.
Apply at the Office of Graduate Studies website: http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective/application.html. The online application includes:
- an application for admission and an optional application for fellowships through the Apply Yourself system.
- an application fee ($120 domestic and $140 international), which can be paid by credit card or e-check. Please note: the application processing fee is nonrefundable. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete in Apply Yourself, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.
- three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommenders must submit all recommendations online through the online application web site.
- your artist statement under the “statement of purpose” requirement.
- UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/admissions-application/submitting-your-transcripts.
- TOEFL score, if you are International status. Minimum score of 90 required.
- Your portfolio MUST be submitted online at http://ucdavis.slideroom.com.
You may submit up to 20 pieces of the following:
- Images offering a view of your best and most current work, in reverse chronological order, and in JPEG file format (3 MB maximum per image).
- Audio and video clips may be directly linked from SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox or Box.com. If your URL is password-protected, password must be clearly provided. Applicants have the option of providing up to 5 URLs with excerpted or complete pieces.
Applications will not be considered complete without step 1 or step 2 (above). Completed applications are evaluated along with the supplemental materials submitted to the Graduate Program in Art. The department’s Graduate Admissions Advisory Committee will submit its recommendations to the dean; final admissions decisions rest with the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Dean of Graduate Studies will notify you in writing of your acceptance or denial, usually in late March through your Apply Yourself account. No decision can be given out over the telephone. This approval procedure applies to all applicants, including those admitted to UC Davis from another UC campus.
** Applicants are responsible for making certain the Graduate Program receives all application supporting documents (transcripts, etc.). An application is not considered “complete” by the University unless all supporting documents have been received no later than January 5, 2016. The Graduate Program is not responsible for any materials that are submitted after January 5, 2016.
Application for Financial Aid
If you will be applying for need-based grants, loans, or financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA form to the Financial Aid Office. This form may be obtained at any college or university financial aid office or on line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. For complete information regarding financial aid at UC Davis, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for graduate and professional students. Click on their Contact us tab for phone numbers and other specifics.
The Dean of Graduate Studies will notify you in writing of your acceptance or denial, usually in March through your apply Yourself account. No decision can be given out over the telephone.
International Graduate Students: University policy requires international graduate students to take the SPEAK test of oral English proficiency before they begin duties as teaching assistants or associate-instructors. All international TAs and AIs must meet this requirement and they must pre-register in-person at the Center for Excellence in Teaching, 1350 Surge III, in order to take the exam.
The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, in accordance with applicable State and Federal laws and University policy. The University is interested in the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal opportunity policies may be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (530) 752-2070. Speech and hearing impaired persons may dial (530) 752-7320 (TDD).
International Student Information
The minimum score required for the TOEFL examination is 90; minimum score required for the IELTS is 7 on a 9 point scale.
Once admitted, University policy requires international graduate students to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) test and the SPEAK test of oral English proficiency before they begin duties as teaching assistants or associate-ins. All international TAs and AIs must meet this requirement and they must pre-register in person at the Center for Excellence in Teaching, 1350 Surge III, in order to take the exam. Click here for more information on the ESL test; see the CETL site for information on the SPEAK test.