Admissions Requirements: Master of Fine Arts

Welcome to the Fine Arts Department's Graduate Admissions Requirement Page.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program are required to have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a grade point average of 3.00 (or higher) or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. The department deadlines and requirements are listed below.

Submit your application online. For more information, contact or call 800.345.NYIT (6948). Instructions for submitting additional requirements are listed below. 

Admissions Deadlines

Deadline for application, portfolio and supporting materials: June 1, 2014.

Applications received after June 1, 2014 will be considered on a rolling admissions basis, as space permits.

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants must submit a portfolio that showcases their best work and may include a wide range of media. The portfolio should contain 15-20 high-quality digital images and/or a sample reel of animation/video (max. 3 minutes).

Description Sheet
The portfolio must also include a description sheet of the contents of the portfolio, detailing each work with a title, a brief description, measurements or duration and date of completion (collaborative work must be individually identified and credited as such).


  • All artwork must be submitted in PDF file format.
  • Description sheet, resume/cv, and artist statement must be in PDF file format
  • Animation/Video work (max. 3 minutes) must be included as a link to an uploaded file on YouTube, Vimeo, or a personal website. Please include the URL in your description sheet.

NYIT ID Number
You will need an NYIT ID number to upload your digital portfolio.  Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at to obtain this NYIT ID number.  Then you may upload your digital portfolio here.

Statement of Purpose / Personal Statement (Optional)
Applicants may choose to submit a statement of purpose of 300 to 500 words, which should include academic/career objectives and creative intent. The statement of purpose should also indicate the applicants anticipated area of study, e.g. Computer Graphics and Animation, Art and Technology, Graphic Design.

Applicants must submit a resume/CV which should include a summary of academic and professional history and achievements, including research, awards and exhibitions.

Applicants should send their Statement of Purpose and Resume/CV directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly.


Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from instructors or practicing professionals. Applicants are also required to provide the e-mail address and full contact information of their references. 

References should send their letters of recommendations directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly.


Assistance for M.F.A. Applicants without a Portfolio

Applicants without a portfolio can review this list of recommended courses for developing their portfolio.


For More Information

For additional information, call the Department of Fine Arts at 212.261.1796 (Manhattan Campus) or 516.686.7542 (Old Westbury Campus). You may also email Helen Bayona