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APPLICATION PROCESS

1. Application Form
A completed on-line application form

2. Fee
Application fee is $75 USD

3. Portfolio
Your portfolio should demonstrate a well developed independent and critical art practice. There is no specified length or number of images.

4. Personal Statement
Please address the following:  What themes and interests guide your practice? How you would like to develop your practice? How do you see your practice in relation to contemporary culture? (300-600 words)

5. First Year Project Plan 
Outline your proposed first year of study in the program. Describe your project proposal. Please include references and resources you intend to use. Briefly discuss how research may inform your art practice. (see  sample here)

6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Materials must be submitted in unformatted version. Include current employment and weekly workload.

7. Transcripts or Diplomas
Unofficial copies should be supplied as PDFs.

8. Advanced Standing
To apply for advanced standing, please detail the graduate level courses from your transcript(s) that you want considered. Also provide official course descriptions or syllabus(i). One semester of advanced standing may be granted for graduate level work from accredited institutions if completed course work relates to course content in Transart’s MFA program, pending evaluation of transcripts and review of course descriptions and learning outcomes. Professional experience will not be considered for advanced standing.

9. Professional Equivalency
It is possible to apply to the program without a first (undergraduate) degree. Candidates for professional equivalency must produce a comprehensive, enhanced CV showing professional experiences which are relevant to learning outcomes of specific courses/modules in Art, Design, Media and related fields. The CV should, where relevant, include conferences/workshops attended, papers presented, completed courses as well as exhibitions, teaching, curatorial projects, promotion and material developed in order to be considered for professional equivalency

10.  English as a Second Language.
At Transart Institute, English is the primary language.  Residency activities are conducted in English and it is required that all participants have mastery of the English in order to speak, understand, read critical texts, and correspond at a proficient level.  Students can work with their Advisors in any language they choose. Students can also do their research and write their papers in any language as approved by their faculty or advisor. All administrative work including student evaluations and other paper work must be in English. Therefore, if English is not your first language, you may be required to provide a TOEFL with a score (iBT) of 52 or better.

Interviews
Phone/Skype interviews are held with all finalists.
Alumni, students and faculty are available for consultation prior to commitment to the program.

Criteria for Admissions
Applications are evaluated by committee on the basis of applicants:
- artistic achievement
- potential for growth and creativity
- ability to work and think independently and take risks
- interest in engaging in discourse, developing relationships and contributing to the Transart community.

Deferment Policy
Deferment of admission is not permitted. Admitted candidates who cannot attend the upcoming summer session must reapply to the program for consideration in a future year.

Credits
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Practice carries 240 UK credits, equal to 60 credits in the U.S. and 120 ECTS in the Bologna system. The program is accredited through School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Disability
Transart Institute will undertake every reasonable effort to accommodate students with special needs or disabilities, be they physical or sensory impairments, mental health and learning difficulties, or other health conditions.  Prospective applicants should indicate any special needs and/or disabilities on the admissions application form. All special needs will be negotiated after individual consultations.