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Master of Fine Arts application materials


Your portfolio should contain 20 examples of your work, which can be a combination of images and time-based work. You should submit your portfolio entirely as digital files through


Project proposal

In PDF format, please provide the following:

Title of project

Describe your project in one sentence. Clarify your project’s theme or idea in a concise manner.

Articulate the goals and objectives of your project. 100 words. What are the objectives of your project? Give your most focused vision of your finished project. What do you intend? Who is your audience? Why?

Write a detailed project description. 250 words. Write about your project in detail, describing what you want to make or do. What area or media will you use? What techniques will you use? How and why will you use them? What concerns will you address in this project? What is your conceptual approach to this project? What is the methodology you will use to complete the project? What resources—like facilities and instruction—will you need from CCAD? How will the final work or production enhance your interests and skills?

Write a detailed history of how you arrived at this project. 250 words. What are the main influences upon your work as an artist or designer? Cite sources of inspiration for the project. What formal or informal training have you had? How do your past experiences inform this project? What is the relationship between your proposed project and past or current work by other artists/designers? In light of current dialogue in your media, how is your vision unique, interesting, or original?



PDF format.

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendations from faculty, guidance counselors, professional artists, employers or other adults not related to you. You should submit this through as well.

Application fee



College transcripts

3.00 minimum GPA


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Financing your education doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Complete your FAFSA, send us the information and CCAD will use this to figure out a package that works for you.


International students: proof of English proficiency

If you are an international student from a country where English is not the primary language, you must submit proof of your English proficiency. A minimum score of TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 is required. You should request your score through the test center; you can submit it via postal mail. CCAD’s code for TOEFL results is 1085.


Important dates to remember

Priority Application Deadline:  February 1, 2020.

Rolling Application Deadline: We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after the priority deadline. However, to ensure space and scholarships are still available, we encourage you to complete your application as early as possible.