Certificate of Fine Art Admission & Tuition

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Before You Apply

Those seeking entry to the CFA program are required to submit an admissions application as outlined below. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. For more details on degree equivalency, please see the Academy’s FAQs below or contact the Admissions Office admissions@nyaa.edu.

Applications are assessed by the Academy’s Admissions Committee through a multi-step review process. Portfolios are first evaluated in a blind review using the following qualitative measures: technical skill, formal awareness and conceptual development. The portfolios are evaluated again in conjunction with the candidate’s personal statement, letters of recommendation, official transcripts and other supporting documents.

2018 Application Deadlines

Applicants have the option of submitting their completed applications by one of two submission deadlines for fall admission and will receive notification by mail no later than six weeks from that date. The schedule for the annual admission cycle is as follows:



Filing Date:  March 1

Filing Date:  April 15

Notification:  March 15

Notification:  April 25

Deposit Due:  April 10

Deposit Due:  May 15

Online Applications Instructions

The Academy’s online application is free. Applicants must register for an account to complete the following online. Click here to register and begin your application. The following application materials can be completed through the online portal:

  • Portfolio
    Please submit a total of no more than 20 images arranged in chronological order. The Academy requires each applicant to submit five life drawings of the figure as part of the portfolio. The additional 15 images should represent your most accomplished work, indicate your major interest and demonstrate your creative thinking and unique artistic vision. At least half of the images should represent work completed within the last twelve months. All work should be from within the last three years. Those submitting images of sculptures should include no more than two views of each sculpture.
  •  Application Form
  • Personal Statement
    A one-page statement of educational objectives and career goals indicating why you believe these will be advanced by study at the Academy. Applicants are encouraged to discuss work in the portfolio, an understanding of the Academy’s unique mission and indicate how study at the institution will progress individual artistic development and aspirations.
  • Artist CV or Resume
    Submission of a CV or resume enhances the MFA application by giving more insight into a candidate’s creative experience. Please include educational background, professional experience, awards, residencies, exhibitions, etc. For more details on developing a CV or resume, please visit the College Art Association’s resource
  • References
    Letters of recommendation from academic professionals are strongly recommended. Please contact your references to ensure timely submission of your recommendation by the application deadline. If you have any questions, please email admissions@nyaa.edu for assistance.
  • Official Transcript
    Certified official transcripts conveying an applicant’s academic history and proof of eligibility are required. Transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Academy to be considered official. If you have attended more than one post-secondary institution, a transcript is required from each one. The Academy accepts electronic transcripts through eSCRIP-SAFE, Naviance, Student Clearing House and other verified transcript servicers. Hardcopies of transcripts must be mailed directly to the Academy by the undergraduate institution:

New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013

  • Bachelors Equivalent
    For those applicants without a formal undergraduate degree, please contact the Admissions Office for more information on submitting proof of eligibility admissions@nyaa.edu.

Applying for Transfer of Credits

Applicants seeking to transfer credits should first review the Academy’s policy. The transfer of credit application form must be emailed to the Admissions Office admissions@nyaa.edu and submitted by the filing deadlines listed above. Please include the program to which you are applying in the body of the email. For questions regarding the application or policy, please contact the Registrar registrar@nyaa.edu.

After Acceptance

The Academy requires an $850 non-refundable deposit from accepted applicants to confirm their place in the CFA program. The deposit will be deducted from the first semester tuition invoice.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition $25,000.00
Mandatory Fees* $750.00
Total Tuition and Fees $25,750.00 
Per Credit Tuition Rate $694.44

* Fees include registration, exhibition, model, materials and technology fee.

The New York Academy is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The Academy does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities.

Academy Scholarships

New York Academy of Art scholarships are highly competitive. Applicants to the CFA program demonstrating merit are eligible to apply for scholarship awards. Academy merit scholarships range from $500 – $13,000. Applicants must complete the admissions application by the filing deadline to be considered for Academy scholarships. Award amounts are distributed in the form of tuition remission. In its distribution of scholarships, the Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical handicap.

New York Academy of Art scholarships are highly competitive. Please take the time to submit application materials that represent your accomplishments.  If you have additional questions, please email admissions@nyaa.edu.

Tuition Payment

The institution expects students to keep their financial accounts current. Students are billed on a semester-to-semester basis and receive an account statement of tuition and fees. Full payment is due no later than the first day of class each semester. No student may attend semester classes until the full semester’s tuition has been paid either by check, money order, credit card or guaranteed student loan payment. Students in default of bursar payments may not pre-register, enroll or attend spring semester classes. For student’s dependent on government sponsored financial aid programs (both domestic and foreign), supplemental bank loans or bank financed tuition payment plans are advised to adhere to application deadlines to insure that their funds arrive at the school in a timely manner.

Tuition Refunds

The add/drop period is held during the first two weeks of each semester. Students leaving school for any reason are entitled to a refund according to the schedule indicated below.

Refund policy for students who withdraw before the end of the:

First week of class           100% of tuition

Second week of class     90% of tuition

Third week of class          70% of tuition

Fourth week of class      60% of tuition

Fifth week of class           50% of tuition

After the Sixth week      0% of tuition

External Grants & Scholarships

Many of the Academy’s students receive funding from foundations and organizations outside the institution. An extensive list of these external grants and scholarships can be found on the Academy’s website (nyaa.edu/scholarships).

Financial Aid

The Academy’s Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting students and families in planning for and meeting expenses associated with a graduate degree. For more information, students and families may contact the Financial Aid Office (fa@nyaa.edu).

Private Education Loans

A private (alternative) education loan is a non-federal education loan borrowed from a private lender such as a bank, credit union or other financial entity. This should be a student’s last resort for educational assistance.  CFA applicants may contact the Financial Aid Office (fa@nyaa.edu) for more information and assistance in applying for a private education loan.