Application Instructions

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Before You Apply

Applicants to the MFA program 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 Applicants to the MFA program apply for and are accepted into one of the Academy’s concentrations: Drawing, Painting or Sculpture. Candidates who wish to change their declared concentration after acceptance must meet all admission requirements for the new concentration.

Applications are assessed by the Academy’s Admissions Committee through a multi-step review process. Portfolios are first evaluated by each member of the Admissions committee privately 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 outlined below during the full Admissions Committee review.

2018 Application Deadlines

The Academy begins accepting applications to the MFA program on October 1 each year. Applicants have the option of submitting their completed applications by one of two 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:  January 17 Filing Date:  March 15
Notification:  February 15 Notification:  April 10
Deposit Due:  March 5 Deposit Due:  April 25

Applicants who apply for the Early Consideration deadline will receive priority consideration for Academy Scholar Awards. Those who wish to be considered for the President’s Scholar Award must submit a complete application by January 17.

Application Fee

The Academy’s online application is FREE. Those who wish to complete the hard-copy application form and mail the portfolio and supporting documents must pay the $80 application fee.

Online Applications Instructions


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:



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


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.


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 page.


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 for assistance.


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


For those applicants without a formal undergraduate degree, please contact the Admissions Office for more information on submitting proof of eligibility


International Students MUST submit certified true copies of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended in the original language issued. If not English, applicants must submit an official evaluation from World Educational Services.

3. EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY International Students Only

Those whose first language is not English must also demonstrate evidence of English proficiency by supplying a TOEFL or IELTS score. For more information on English proficiency requirements, please visit our International Students page.

Mail In Applications

Applicants may also submit their applications by mail. Please note that applications must be postmarked by the filing dates listed above. Applications missing one or more of the following items will be considered incomplete.

  • MFA Application Form
    Download, print and complete the form
  • $80 Application Fee
    Please make check or money order payable to New York Academy of Art. Please write MFA Application Fee on the memo line.
  • Portfolio
    Images must be submitted on a flash drive in JPEG format. Preferred image size is 300 dpi.
  • Slide Script
    View sample slide script
  • Personal Statement
  • Artist CV or Resume
  • References
    Recommenders must send their letters of support directly to the Academy by mail or email:
    New York Academy of Art
    111 Franklin Street
    New York, NY 10013
  • Official Transcripts
    Copies of official transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Academy by mail or email:
    New York Academy of Art
    111 Franklin Street
    New York, NY 10013
  • Evidence of English Proficiency International Students Only
    English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL or IELTS) and Degree Evaluation (if applicable) must be sent directly from each organization to the Academy. For more information, please visit our International Students page.

Please mail all the materials listed above to the Academy at the address below. Mail-in applications must be postmarked by the application filing deadlines listed above.

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

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 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

After Acceptance

The Academy requires an $850 non-refundable deposit from accepted applicants to confirm their place in the MFA program. The deposit will be deducted from the first semester tuition invoice. For more information on tuition, click here.