Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan

Graduate Admissions


Application deadline: January 1, 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.

The Stamps graduate program is 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:


2. Upload a portfolio of work online at

A primary criterion for admission to the MFA program at 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



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.