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Graduate Program

Applications for Fall 2020 admission to the MFA Program will be accepted in all disciplines. For further information on the degree requirements and a sample schedule please click here. Frequently Asked Questions about applying to the MFA Program can be found here. Download a pdf of Studio Art MFA Program Guidelines

Dear MFA program applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the studio graduate program at Tulane University. Through the School of Liberal Arts, the Newcomb Art Department offers the MFA degree in an intensive, two-year residency program that emphasizes close interaction with faculty and peers. Degree requirements focus on studio work but include two graduate level courses in the history of art, and four MFA seminar courses that rotate in theme: Pedagogy, Professionalism, Studio Practice and Art Theory. For a sample schedule please click here.

Students are provided with a studio space and 24-hour access to general facilities. The Woldenberg Art Center offers some of the finest facilities available. Sculpture houses a fully equipped wood shop, a metals area/foundry, mixed media space, and digital fabrication capabilities. Ceramics includes large general studio workrooms as well as specialized clay, glaze and plaster mixing rooms, critique/computer and kiln rooms. Glass houses both a hot and cold shop, as well as a steel fabrication area. Printmaking has facilities for intaglio, lithography and silkscreen as well as its own darkroom. The Digital Arts studio includes 14 workstations with the latest software, 5 scanners, along with medium and large format printers. Photography includes graduate and main darkrooms, film processing, a lighting studio, lecture and demo rooms and an advanced digital imaging room. Painting and Drawing maintains four large classrooms with entire walls of natural north light and color-balanced lighting overhead. The Carroll Gallery serves as the exhibition space of the Newcomb Art Department, dedicated primarily to student and faculty exhibitions, including the annual MFA candidacy review and MFA thesis exhibitions. The Newcomb Art Museum features exhibitions and programs that utilize the critical frameworks of diverse disciplines in conceptualizing and interpreting innovative art and design.

Application deadline is February 1st. All requirements can be completed online. See:

School of Liberal Arts: applying to the graduate program

School of Liberal Arts application form:

Application materials include:

  • Portfolio and corresponding Inventory List
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages addressing influences, interests, current work direction, brief bio as it relates to art practice, and reasons for applying to graduate school at this time)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Unofficial academic transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate study (Official transcripts are required upon admission to the program)
  • CV/Resume optional

*Please note that the GRE is not required of MFA applicants in studio art.

Digital Images

1. You may submit a maximum of 20 images.
2. Images should be of recent pieces and indicate your primary interest and direction.<
3. Still images must be in JPEG format, maximum dimensions of 2000 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. File sizes should be no larger than 2MB.
4. Each file must be named as applicant’s Lastname_Firstname_##.jpg. Example: Doe_John 01.jpg
5. Applicants must also include an Inventory List of the images. Include your name at the top of this page, and list the Title, Date, Medium and Dimensions for each image (corresponding to each jpeg number).

Time-Based Work

1. Please limit your time-based work samples to no more than ten minutes.
2. If your time-based files are smaller than 20MB each, they can be uploaded through the application system.
3. Time-based files larger than 20MB should be uploaded on your website, Vimeo or Youtube. These files should be listed on the Inventory List with appropriate URL’s to their online location.

The studio art faculty reviews applications the first week of March and makes recommendations to the School of Liberal Arts on candidates to accept. All admitted students receive a financial aid package that consists of a full tuition waiver and an assistantship stipend that is issued as a monthly paycheck. Further information and applications may be obtained from the SLA Graduate Studies website.

If you have questions that are specific to the area to which you would like to apply you can contact a professor in that area.

If you have general questions that are not answered on this page, the MFA Program FAQ, or Studio Art MFA Program Guidelines, please email Molly LeBlanc at

Best Regards,

Adam Crosson

AnnieLaurie Erickson

Co-directors of Studio Art Graduate Studies



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