Admissions Requirements: Master of Fine Arts

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

Application, portfolio and supporting materials: June 1.

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


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.

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

Letters of Recommendation (optional)
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. To learn more about Letters of Recommendation, click here.

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

Please Note:
All submitted materials must be in English, includeing all file names, credits and letter of recommendations. 
Each student is limited to one portfolio submission. Additional submissions will not be considered until the following Fall. 

Advanced Placement in 3D Modeling and Animation

Students who want to be considered for advanced placement (and test out of ARTA701-Intro to 3D Modeling and Animation) can submit a demo reel for review following the instructions below.

  • Indicate your preference for advanced placement by sending an email to Professor Yuko Oda at
  • Provide a link to your demo reel within an online video link (such as YouTube or Vimeo).
  • The demo reel should not be longer than 2 minutes. Work will be assessed on the following: 
    • originality and creativity of concept/ideas
    • modeling skills 
    • animation skills (including principles such as timing, weight, and anticipation)

Please note:
If you are approved for advanced placement, it will not change the required number of credits needed for graduation

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

Applicants without a portfolio can review a 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) or e-mail


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