The MFA program at Winthrop University develops and nurtures the artist’s voice. Winthrop’s Department of Fine Arts engages artists who can navigate ideas of the contemporary world. The MFA in Studio Art program demands focused research in traditional, interdisciplinary or emerging practices in visual and conceptual art.

Materials and applications are due by March 1 for the fall semester or September 1 for the spring semester!


Final admission decisions cannot be made until all information has been received. 

To be considered for admission to the MFA program, the applicant must:

1. Submit an online Graduate School application for admission and non-refundable application fee; 

2. Have official transcript(s) sent from all institutions you attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

3. Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;

4. Submit a written statement of purpose reflective of your creative goals in the intended area of study. As writing and communication skills are vital to a candidate's success, this is an important component of the application. The statement should indicate how the applicant envisions his or her work developing and why it is important to pursue a graduate degree; 

5. Submit a resume;

6. Have three original letters of recommendation submitted directly from art and design professionals. 

7. Submit one CD/DVD containing up to 20 digital images, saved in jpeg format and named using the following convention: “lastname_01.jpg”. Images should be optimized for screen media (72 dpi) and be no larger than 2 MB each. Please also provide a corresponding printed image checklist consisting of titles, date, medium, description and small thumbnail for each work included in the portfolio. Of the 20 images, five images should demonstrate foundational competency in drawing; five should demonstrate foundational competency in area of interest; and the remaining images should demonstrate what you consider to be your best work.

All items must be submitted directly to the Graduate School Office.

8. Arrange and participate in an admissions interview with the MFA Program Coordinator and appropriate Fine Arts faculty. The MFA Program Coordinator is Assistant Professor Anne Fiala. Email Ms. Fiala at

A limited number of graduate assistantships and other awards are available for qualified applicants. Also, a limited number of graduate teaching positions may be available for qualified graduate students after they have completed 18 semester graduate hours.

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Further details are available on our admissions information page.

Questions? Contact us at or 803/323-2204.

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