Nscad Mfa Application Personal Statement

Graduate Admission

Graduate Application Deadline: January 15

NSCAD Graduate Studies are ideal for those individuals who have gained sufficient experience in their own area of interest to make concentrated post-graduate study a useful choice. In some cases, the graduate programs provide, through teaching assistantships, direct contact between graduate and undergraduate students. The university offers two graduate degree programs:


Master of Design
The Master of Design program consists of 60-credits or three semesters. The program is aimed at graduates of Bachelor of Design programs or professional designers who wish to broaden their practice through further critical study and research. Admission inquiries should be directed to the Director of Admissions or to the Director of the MDes Program.


Please review the application procedures for the Master of Design program.

Please review the additional information for International Students.

Please review the additional information for applicants from the People's Republic of China.


Master of Fine Arts
The Master of Fine Arts program consists of 20-24 months of study. NSCAD currently accepts approximately ten students to the program each year, with fourteen to twenty students in the program at any one time. MFA students may work in the following areas: Craft: Ceramics, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, Textiles/Fashion, Fine and Media Arts: Audio, Digital Media, Drawing, Film, Installation, Painting, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Video. Admission inquiries should be directed to the Director of Admissions or to the Director of the MFA Program.


Please review the application procedures for the Master of Fine Arts program.

Please review the additional information for International Students.



  • 1. Completed online application 

    Don't wait until the last moment to start your application! You are not charged the application fee until you submit, so there is no harm in starting early.

    Bard MFA is no longer using Slideroom for our applications. Please follow the instructions for our internal application.

    Select the link to the discipline you are choosing to apply to (Film/Video, Music/Sound, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, or Writing). You creat e user name and password. An email will be sent to you personal email address. Save this verification email for further use.
    You may apply to more than one discipline if you like, but you will have to submit a separate application to each discipline and pay the fee for each application. Each discipline has their own admissions review committee made up of faculty from that department.

    You may log in and out as many times as you need to complete the application. You will not be able to submit until you have completed all sections, uploaded all required items, and paid the application fee. You CAN submit before all recommenders have uploaded their reference letters.

  • 2. Application fee of $65 

    , paid on SlideRoom by credit or debit card.

  • 3. Personal Statement 

    1–2 pages discussing your work and artistic goals or considerations in a personal as well as critical context. Similar to an artist statement, but should also include the reason(s) you want to attend Bard, and what you hope to gain from graduate study. You will upload this through SlideRoom as a PDF file. 

    Note: please only upload your statement as a PDF, as other file types may be difficult for the reviewers to open.

  • 4. C.V./History of Work in the Arts 

    1–3 pages listing current and recent employment, artistic involvement, and related skills/experience. Can be in resume or paragraph form. You will upload this tto your online application.

    Note: please only upload your CV as a PDF, as other file types may be difficult for the reviewers to open.

  • 5. Letters of Recommendation 

    At least two letters of recommendation, submitted twith your online application. We recommend a maximum of 4 letters. Letters can be from anyone who knows you and your work well; a recent teacher, colleague, gallery owner, fellow artist, etc. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation is January 17, 2018.

    In order for recommenders to submit their letters through the online application you must provide their contact information under the Recommendation Letters section of the application. An email from Bard with instructions for uploading a letter will be sent to each recommender you register. If a recommender is unable to submit their letter through the online system, we will accept them by postal mail (scroll down this page for our mailing address). We do not accept letters by email or fax.

    Please notify us if you would like to us to upload your previous recommendation letters to your 2018 application.

  • 6. School Transcripts 

    Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools (Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctoral, or the equivalent) and certificate programs attended for at least one academic year. We don't require transcripts from non-degree programs, study abroad, or exchange programs.

    If you never received an undergraduate degree, please indicate life experience (in the undergraduate education section of the online application) that you feel takes the place of a Bachelor's degree. 

    Upload your unofficial transcripts or official electronic transcripts to your application. Unofficial transcripts should list the courses you took within a degree program, and include the dates of attendance.

    If you are invited for an interview, we will require that you submit official hard copies of all of your transcripts from schools you attended.

    Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institutions to:

              Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
              Bard College
              Attn: MFA Admissions
              30 Campus Road
              Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

    Official digital transcripts may also be emailed directly from the issuing institutions to mfaadmissions@bard.edu. 

    International applicants should consult with the Milton Avery Graduate School admissions office about submission of international transcripts.

  • 7. Portfolio 

    Portfolio representing a variety of work from the past three years. Work submitted may span more than one discipline, but the applicant must choose one primary discipline for the application. Portfolio requirements and submission formats vary for each discipline, as listed below. 

  • 0 thoughts on “Nscad Mfa Application Personal Statement

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *