MFA : FAQ’s

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Texas Arlington. Please consult these questions before contacting the advisor.

  1. Does my work fit with this program?
  2. What does the Dallas Fort Worth area offer me?
  3. Do I get a studio to do my work?
  4. Where do I get an application for admission?
  5. What is the department policy on Transfer Credits?
  6. Are there funding opportunities for the MFA program?

Answers

  1. Does my work fit with this program?
    The MFA in the Art+Art History department offers students a broad range of study and exploration within the areas of Intermedia, Film and Video, Glass and Visual Communication. If wish to discuss your work with a faculty member to see if UTA’s program is right for you, contact the Graduate Advisor Nancy Palmeri at npalmeri@uta.edu or 817.272.2891 and she will coordinate an appointment with the appropriate faculty representative to discuss your goals and interests.
  2. What does the Dallas Fort Worth area offer me?
    Arlington is situated between the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex and offers convenient access to many diverse cultural activities. The museums in the area are world-renowned and provide students with a vital resource for study.

    MFA students with the Art+Art History Department have unlimited access to the Gallery at UTA, which offers students the opportunity to view exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. For more information about the Gallery at UTA and other museums and galleries in the area, visit www.uta.edu/gallery.
  3. Do I get a studio to do my work?
    Yes, MFA students are assigned shared studio spaces. Many of the studios are equipped with state-of-the art computers for film editing, photography, and visual communication. The department also operates several highly specialized digital imaging labs as well as traditional studio facilities.
  4. Where do I get an application for admission?
    You can find on line admission applications at www.uta.edu click onto Admissions, the Graduate, then Apply Now.  Please remember that the Art+Art History Department has a two-stepped application process: (1) submission of the application to the Graduate College (transcripts sent to the Graduate College) and (2) submission of the online Slideroom Application (transcripts sent to Nancy Palmeri, MFA Program Director). The department will not review incomplete applications.
  5. What is the department policy on Transfer Credits?
    Graduate credit may be transferred from other accredited graduate schools when it is part of a program of study for an advanced degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. Only course work pertinent to the M.F.A. will be transferred. Graduate credit may not exceed 10 hours for the M.F.A. degree and then only courses graded B or better. Transfer credit may only be assigned if the candidate has not already used them towards a degree.
  6. Are there funding opportunities for the MFA program?
    The department has successfully secured university funding at a high level and will continue to secure funds necessary to recruit top students in order to enhance the already national applicant pool. Moreover, the department is committed to providing funding opportunities to and diverse professional experiences to all qualified and interested students and will maintain a balance in its various discipline numbers.

    Currently 85% of the enrolled MFA students receive funding at the following levels:
    Departmental area scholarships
    Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantship 
    Graduate Teaching Assistantships 
    Graduate Research Assistantships 
    College of Liberal Arts Scholarships, and Graduate Dean Fellowships