Master of Fine Arts in Design

Application Procedure

APPLY NOW UW-Stout welcomes MFA candidates who demonstrate strong academic and design skills through their education, background, and creative experience. The application process is intentionally designed to ensure any accepted candidates are likely to succeed in the program. If you have questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact APPLY Application is a 2-step process: You will apply to both the university and the MFA program—acceptance to one does not immediately grant acceptance to the other. More instructions are available at the link above. UPLOAD Portfolio | 10–15 examples of creative/professional work from your area(s) of expertise. Include brief written descriptions. A limit of 5 motion/video examples will be accepted as part of the total 10–15 examples. For interactive/game design examples, please use your best judgement or contact the program director for assistance. Statement of Interest | This 2–3 page statement should describe your goals for graduate study, your topics of interest for research and exploration, and should provide context for your work included in the visual portfolio. PDF preferred. CV/Resume | Your most current resume or CV, uploaded via SlideRoom. Three Letters of Recommendation | Recommenders can upload via SlideRoom. Transcripts (official) | Upload transcript(s) via SlideRoom.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS In addition to completing the application procedures previously listed, International applicants must include the following materials: Official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo scores | contact OIE for more details Declaration of Finances | Submit an official bank statement certifying that you or your sponsor has sufficient funds on deposit (in US dollars) to ensure full payment of expenses for your first year of graduate study. Refer to OIE’s Estimate of Expenses to see current amount required. Transcripts | Please submit your academic records from all secondary and higher education institutions you’ve attended. Send your official/attested academic records translated into English. For graduate-level programs, it is in your best interest to use a credential evaluator. This will give our evaluators the best possible information as we consider your transferable credits. Contact OIE for more details. GRADUATE FINANCIAL AID Graduate School is an investment in yourself and your future. The best way to make this investment is to take advantage of financial aid. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) To be considered for need-based financial aid, a completed FAFSA is required. All U.S. graduate students are strongly encouraged to complete the application. Visit for more information. Graduate Assistantships UW-Stout offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships, outlined earlier in this viewbook. Contact the program director for more information. Scholarships and Grants Funding assistance can be found through the UW-Stout Foundation, and through various external entities such as the Multicultural Student Center, IDSA, AIGA, etc. The program itself does not offer any financial assistance other than graduate assistantships. The program maintains a list of external scholarships and grants in its program handbook (available online).

DEADLINES April 1: Priority *

* For students who want to ensure full consideration for scheduling, assistantships, and additional financial aid, April 1 should be used. However, UW-Stout extends a rolling admission process into the summer.



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