MFA students must hold an undergraduate degree before enrolling.

Application Form

To begin the application process, you must first complete the online application form. The application is easy to fill out, plus you can save it as you go so it doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. The form requires a credit card number for the application fee of $50.

Official College Transcripts

Send via mail AND Slideroom

Submit official transcripts from any colleges or universities that you have attended. Official transcripts must be sent via mail or email directly from the issuing institution, as well as uploaded by you to Slideroom. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts. Due to the impact of the pandemic, MCAD will accept unofficial copies for review in the application process, with official copies due prior to enrollment. We can assure you that you will not be negatively impacted by these delays in your admission to MCAD.

Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

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Students are invited to upload up to two optional letters of recommendation that attest to your creative ability, self-discipline, academic record, and commitment to your creative practice. Letters may be from academic mentors, instructors, or advisors, or from professional supervisors, clients, collaborators, or employers. Letters of recommendation for the MFA program are completely optional. Your chance of admission will not be hurt if you do not submit letters of recommendation.

Personal Statement

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  • In 300 words, what goals will you pursue in the graduate program? Be specific.
  • In 300 words, how has your previous experience prepared you to pursue those goals?
  • In 400 words, provide a detailed analysis of one of the works in your portfolio.


Send via Slideroom

Submit a current copy of your résumé that highlights your past and present professional and volunteer work experience, appointments, awards, grants, scholarships, accolades, etc., as relevant, in four pages or less.


Send via Slideroom (do not mail)

Submit twenty pieces demonstrating your strongest work in your chosen discipline. All film and video work in excess of fifteen minutes should include a three-minute sample video as well as the full-length work. Applicants with an emphasis in interactive media should submit no more than twenty screenshots; in addition, interactive applicants may submit a video (three minutes max) demonstrating the piece. Applicants may link to media on YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud via Slideroom. The quality of presentation is taken into consideration by the graduate committee. Check out our tips for developing your portfolio.

Slideroom allows you to include titles, dates, media, dimensions, and notes. Both still images and time-based works may be uploaded. Images may be viewed and rearranged until the application process is complete. Detailed instructions are found in our step-by-step video walkthrough (below) on the Slideroom site. There is no charge to submit portfolios online. For technical support, email

Introductory Video

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We invite you to include a short, self-made video introducing yourself. Please speak to the following:

  • The most important reason you are motivated to study your chosen area of focus
  • At least one goal you hope to achieve in your graduate education
  • Why you think MCAD is the best place to achieve your goals

Use whatever tools available to you (e.g. phone, laptop—high production value is not expected) to create a video no more than three minutes’ duration. If you have questions about the video, or have a barrier to producing one (internet connection, equipment, etc.), please reach out to Please think of this video as the beginning of a conversation that will continue if you enter a graduate program.

Additional Requirements for International Students

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Proof of English proficiency

If English is not your native language, you must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test, or one of the Michigan tests for higher education. The TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or Michigan tests for higher education must be taken within twelve months of MCAD's application deadline (e.g. if MCAD's deadline is January 1, 2018, the test must be taken after January 1, 2017). Minimum scores for admittance:

  • PBT TOEFL: 550
  • IBT TOEFL: 79
  • IELTS: 6.5

MCAD's TOEFL code: 6411


Minimum score: 100

MCAD accepts the Duolingo English Test. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with MCAD when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. 

Michigan Tests for Higher Education

MCAD accepts the following Michigan tests for higher education, which assess English language proficiency.




To obtain a student visa, you must first show proof of funds to cover tuition, housing, and expenses for at least one year of attendance at MCAD. Once accepted, MCAD will send you a financial certification form that must be signed and must include an official letter from a manager or officer of a major financial institution citing the balance of funds for you or your sponsor. This form is due with the tuition deposit by the posted deadline. MCAD is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students in accordance with the requirements specified in 8 CRF 214.3.

MCAD's Mailing Address

Please use the following address when mailing admissions materials to MCAD.

MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404