School of Visual and Media Arts

Degrees Offered

Program Area of Specialization
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Art Studio Art

Program Description

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art

Art Studio
Art History

Program Description

Media Arts (M.F.A.)


Program Description

General Requirements

There are three separate Master’s Programs in the School of Visual and Media Arts: the MFA and MA in Art and the MFA in Media Arts.

Applicants need to have an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in an art-related field (Fine Art, Design, Media Arts, Architecture, Art Education, Photojournalism, Scene Design, Film) or a degree in another area with a strong portfolio.  Students need to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or can apply for probationary acceptance with a B average in undergraduate major courses.

The School of Visual and Media Arts does not require the GRE.

We welcome visits to our campus by prospective students. Tours and meetings with professors can be arranged.

How to Apply

For all degree areas you will need the following materials:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended (excluding University of Montana).  Transcripts may also be transmitted electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse.
  2. 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation
  3. Application fee.
  4. International Students submit TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam. (Applicant must meet minimum University of Montana score).  See the International Student Admission section on this web site.

M.F.A. and M.A. in Studio Art additionally require:

  1. Digital portfolio. 20 images (jpeg format, 800 pixels-wide maximum). You will be asked to provide title, dimensions, materials and date for each image.
  2. Statement of Intent. Approx. 2 pages, double-spaced document addressing academic goals for graduate study.
  3. Artist Statement. Approx. 1 page, double-space document addressing the origin and nature of your portfolio work. **Note: please upload to field titled Essay.
  4. Curriculum Vitae.

NOTE: If an applicant has less than 30 studio and Art History credits, additional coursework may be mandated by the Selection Committee and/or the Director of the School of Art.

 M.F.A Media Arts additionally require:

  1. Portfolio. We understand that each student will have their unique combination of elements. It is not required to have works in all areas. Options include:
  2. Written work—total no more than 10 pages as a pdf.
  3. Photographs and other still images of work (jpeg 800 pixels wide max). No more than 20 images.
  4. Film and Video—time-based narrative work should contain examples totaling no more than 5 minutes per piece, please include link in application.
  5. You will be asked to provide title, dimensions, materials and date for each images/works if they are of non-digital, your production role for work if collaborative, and titles of individual works when applicable.

  6. Statement of intent: approx. 2 page double-spaced document addressing academic goals for graduate study.
  7. Curriculum Vitae, listing your artistic journey as well as the other jobs and professional interactions that have made up your work profile to this point.

Online Application  Completed applications must be submitted by January 15.  

If you prefer a paper application, or send transcripts directly, please contact the Graduate School at  (406) 243-2572. 

Note on applying for Teaching Assistantships: These are generally granted to second- and third-year students only.  However, in special circumstances first-year students are occasionally considered for Teaching Assistantships.  Application and Instructions can be found at Teaching Assistantship.

School of Visual and Media Arts

Campus Location

The School of Visual and Media Arts
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, FA 205
Missoula, MT 59812-5400

Phone: 406.243.4181