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Application Requirements

The New York Studio School welcomes applicants who show innate qualities of mind and sensibility, in addition to a serious commitment to their work. The student who comes to the New York Studio School has a genuine need for the questions of art, rather than a desire for prosaic answers.

Each program has specific application requirements, as outlined below. It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that they have read the requirements fully and completed the necessary paperwork.

MFA Applicants

Deadline: February 15th

Late applications will reviewed on a case by case basis; please note that late applicants may not be eligible for Financial Aid.

MFA Candidates are accepted exclusively for enrollment in the Fall semester.  Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalence, to be considered for Admission.

Forms must be completed online via ‘slideroom’.

Completed applications include: the Application Form; two required essays; a $90 non-refundable Application Fee; two Letters of Recommendation; twenty jpeg images of student work; image list to accompany the images; and official transcripts from all previous institutions that resulted in the applicant’s undergraduate degree.

Detailed instructions regarding the above components are available as part of the Application Form.  Partial applications will not be considered.

Prospective candidates will be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee.

Certificate Applicants

The deadline for application for the Certificate program is February 15 for Fall entry and October 1 for spring entry.

Forms must be completed online via ‘slideroom’.

Applicants must complete the application form in full, including the required essays, with the $90 non-refundable application fee ($90 fee for late applications); two letters of recommendation, and 20 images.

Prospective candidates will be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee. Further details regarding application can be found on the form itself.

Marathon Applicants

There are separate application forms for the Fall/Spring Marathons and the Summer Session. In addition to being part of the full-time program, application to the Marathon program is open to beginning and advanced artists regardless of their school affiliation.

Forms must be completed online via ‘slideroom’. Applicants must complete the application form in full, including the two required essays, 10 images, two references, together with the $45 non-refundable application fee.

The application process for the Fall and Spring Marathon program operates on a rolling basis, but applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the first week of class. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as space in each Marathon remains open.

Summer Session Applicants

Forms must be completed online via ‘slideroom’, including the two required essays, 10 images, two references together with the $45 non-refundable application fee.

The application process for the Summer Session Marathons operates on a rolling basis, but applications must be received by May 27. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as space in each Marathon remains open.

Evening & Saturday Class Registration

Prospective students should complete the online registration form as soon as possible for any of the Evening & Saturday programs, as they are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no interview for participants in these classes. Full registration must include both the submission of a completed registration form and full payment. Registration forms that are received but are not accompanied by payment will be considered incomplete.

Portfolio Requirements & Interviews (MFA & Certificate only)

All applicants residing within a 200-mile radius of the city who are called for an interview prior to admission to the program are required to bring an original portfolio of work. A maximum of 10 works will be considered, and should represent what the student believes is their best work. There is no specific size limit to works admitted for the portfolio review, but the applicant must be able to bring them to the School and leave with them. Works cannot be delivered to the School prior to the review, nor will applicants by able to leave items for later pick-up. The School is not responsible for any items that may be damaged in traveling to or from the School. Applicants should use their own discretion when considering what works to bring, and travel arrangements.

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