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The Stamps School of Art & Design offers two innovative two-year programs at the graduate level: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art and Master of Design (MDes) in Integrative Design.

Application Instructions

MFA in Art & Design
MDes in Integrative Design

MFA

MFA Application deadline: January 7, 2015

The admissions process for the MFA at Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is highly selective. Approximately 10 new students join the program each year. Applicants must hold a bachelors degree (in any field), demonstrate the ability to carry out independent creative work, have a strong educational background along with an interest in interdisciplinary inquiry, and substantive life experience to draw on in charting new directions for creative practice.  Learn more about our MFA program here.

Stamps graduate programs are part of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and admission to the Stamps School of Art & Design requires concurrent admission to Rackham. Application materials must be submitted to both Rackham and the Stamps School as outlined below.

1. Submit  the Rackham Graduate Admission Application Form.

The Application Form will require the following:

  • Creative Work Statement: We are eager to learn more about you and your creative practice. Provide a statement that addresses these three topics (600 words maximum):
    1. Creative Work: describe the form that your work takes and the motivations and influences that drive your work.
    2. MFA Expectations and Aspirations: explain why you are pursuing an MFA and what you hope to achieve during your MFA experience.
    3. Stamps School: describe the features of the Stamps MFA program that most interest you; name three Stamps faculty you would like to work with and why; identify what field(s) of inquiry outside of the Stamps School you want to engage while at Michigan, what faculty in those areas you would like to work with and why.
  • Personal Statement: This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree, in 500 words or less. How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School?
  • Official Transcript: Click here for instructions
  • Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Evidence of English proficiency (for students whose first language is not English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee

2. Upload a portfolio of work online at http://um.slideroom.com.

A primary criterion for admission to the MFA program at the Stamps School of Art & Design is the assessment of the portfolio by our faculty. Graduate applicants will submit a portfolio of no more than 20 examples of recent work using Slideroom.

SlideRoom charges applicants a $10 transaction fee to submit a portfolio.

Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music (mp3) or PDF documents. Video files must be under 60MB each - If you'd like to submit a larger file, upload it to Vimeo or YouTube, and submit the video's URL instead.

Use the description fields to help us understand your work.

Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. For technical assistance, access the help desk at http://slideroom.zendesk.com.

Decisions

After admissions materials are reviewed, top applications will be interviewed via video conference (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) in mid-February. Final candidates will be determined after the interview process, and admission decisions will be announced mid-March.

 

MDes

MDes Application deadline: January 7, 2015

We are seeking potential students from diverse backgrounds across the design disciplines (e.g. product designers, visual communication designers, user-experience designers, including industrial, graphic and interaction designers) that wish to transform their career path. It is critical that candidates already have specialized skills that they want to integrate with those of others to deliver design solutions for complex problems. We may also consider qualified candidates with education and experience related to the specific umbrella project where candidates have experienced design process in a professional setting, and wish to expand their knowledge of design while building on their prior education.

The admissions process for the MDes in Integrative Design is highly selective. Approximately 8 new students join the program each year. Applicants must hold a bachelors degree in design or in a field related to the specific umbrella project. Learn more about our MDes program and the 2015 umbrella project here.

Stamps graduate programs are part of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and admission to the Stamps School of Art & Design requires concurrent admission to Rackham. Application materials must be submitted to both Rackham and the Stamps School as outlined below.

1. Submit the Rackham Graduate Admission Application Form.

The Application Form will require the following:

  • Creative Work Statement: We are eager to learn more about you and your creative practice. Provide a statement that addresses these three topics (600 words maximum):
    1. Prior Experience: describe the motivations and influences that drive your work and how you hope to integrate these with others.
    2. MDes Expectations and Aspirations: explain why you are pursuing an MDes in Integrative Design and what you hope to achieve through working on the collaborative MDes projects.
    3. Stamps School: describe the features of the Stamps MDes program that most interest you; name three Stamps faculty you would like to work with and why; identify what field(s) of inquiry outside of the Stamps School you want to engage with while pursuing solutions to "the wicked problem", what faculty in those areas you would like to work with, and why.
  • Personal Statement: This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree, in 500 words or less. How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School?
  • Official Transcript: Click here for instructions
  • Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Evidence of English proficiency (for students whose first language is not English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee

2. Upload a portfolio of work online at http://um.slideroom.com.

A primary criterion for admission to the MDes program at the Stamps School of Art & Design is the assessment of the portfolio by our faculty. Graduate applicants will submit a portfolio of no more than 20 examples of recent work using Slideroom.

SlideRoom charges applicants a $10 transaction fee to submit a portfolio.

Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music (mp3) or PDF documents. Video files must be under 60MB each - If you'd like to submit a larger file, upload it to Vimeo or YouTube, and submit the video's URL instead.

Use the description fields to help us understand your work.

Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. For technical assistance, access the help desk at http://slideroom.zendesk.com.

Decisions

After admission materials are reviewed, top applications will be interviewed via video conference (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) in mid-February. Final candidates will be determined after the interview process, and admission decisions will be announce mid-March.