Applications for Fall 2021 are due on January 15 2021, 11:59pm PST
Prospective students, please apply for scholarships by Feb 1!
Portland State University’s Department of Art offers a three-year flexible residency program, with a one month in residence requirement in the Spring, leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Art Practice with a concentration in Art and Social Practice. Application for admission to the program must be completed by January, prior to the fall term in which the student intends to begin work towards the degree. Interested applicants are encouraged to schedule a visit the program and to familiarize themselves with program Handbook.
Shortlisted applicants are invited to a video interview with a committee of students and faculty. The decision making process is part of the course curriculum and current students have equal weight to faculty in admissions decisions.
PSU’s School of Art + Design is a vital part of Portland’s progressive, nationally recognized arts community. Graduates from the program come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and have gone on to successfully engage with the expanded field of contemporary art through traditional and unorthodox avenues. More about admissions requirements can be found here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for admission to the MFA Contemporary Art Practice: Art and Social Practice program must be made by January 15th prior to the fall term in which the student intends to begin work towards the degree.
A $65 non-refundable application fee and a $2 processing fee will be required to successfully complete the application. Payment can be made with a VISA or MasterCard.
In addition to the Portland State University Office of Graduate Studies application, the MFA Social Practice program requires a submission of a digital portfolio through SlideRoom.
- First, begin the application process through the Portland State University Office of Graduate Studies.
- Second, submit your portfolio for the Social Practice program through SlideRoom.
- These have to be done by the Jan 15 deadline.
- Additionally, make sure you apply for scholarships as well by Feb 1. Prospective students who are accepted cannot apply for this year’s scholarships after enrolment.
Applicants to the Art and Social Practice MFA Program must have a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree.
Office of Graduate Admissions Application
Application is a dual process between the Department of Art and the Office of Admissions. The applicant must contact the PSU Office of Admissions for a graduate admission application. In addition to the PSU application form, the applicant must send an application fee and sealed, official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended by the applicant. The Office of Admissions can be reached directly at 1-800-547-8887 ext. 3511, or 503-725-3511 if living in Oregon.
Social Practice Program Application Requirements (SlideRoom)
- Digital portfolio of applicant’s work — Maximum 15 images, video, audio or text based examples of past work and/or proposals for future projects. Please do not submit traditional studio based work samples unless the studio based work connects to your socially engaged work. Please be explicit about this in your descriptions.
Guidelines: Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) up to 60 MB each, audio (mp3) up to 10 MB each, documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each. It is a requirement to supply a description for each work sample.
- Statement of intent — The statement of intent must include the applicant’s reasons for applying to the MFA program, relevant aspects of significant past experience and achievements, future plans, and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study. (500 words max)
- Transcripts — Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended in the past (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
- References — Names and contact information of three references.
- Social Practice CV — In lieu of a traditional CV, applicants are asked to submit an alternative Curriculum Vitae specifically for Social Practice. The format should be modelled after a standard CV, but instead of traditional content (formal education, exhibitions, etc.) this CV should focus on less orthodox but equally important aspects from applicant’s life of experiences and research that have prepared the applicant for being a social practice MFA student.
- Three video assignments — While video quality is not important (cell phone/web cam videos are acceptable), the videos are an important part of the application because they allow us to meet applicants in a more personal way.
- Tour of the highlights in your neighborhood. Create a short video of what you consider to be the highlights of your neighborhood (3 min max).
- Ask a stranger the significance of the clothes they are wearing. Create a short video of you having a stranger describe for you the significance of the clothes they are wearing (3 min max).
- Demonstrate a talent. Create a short video where you demonstrate a talent (3 min max).
Shortlisted applicants are invited to a video interview with a committee of students and faculty. The decision-making process is part of the course curriculum and current students have equal weight to faculty in admissions decisions.
Office of Graduate Studies
Information about funding resources for graduate students may be found on the Graduate Studies website.
A financial aid packet may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.
Each year, tuition assistance is available through Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships through Portland State University.
- Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are offered to incoming students each year as they are available. Applicants do not apply for GAs. Assistantships provide students with opportunities to assist instructors and eventually teach their own courses. They also provide tuition remission and a stipend.
- Scholarships are available through the College of the Arts and through Portland State University.