Admissions Information

Application Procedures

The Department of Art accepts applications only for the fall quarter.

Admission to the department is based on acceptance by the UCLA Graduate Division and a faculty review of complete applications.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, with an overall average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better – or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used.  For the MFA degree, applicants are evaluated on their creative work, and all applicants must submit a portfolio of work consisting of a maximum of twenty still images. Applicants whose work is time-based should submit film stills, video stills, and/or performance documentation as still images in addition to their time based work. Please refer to the Department's Portfolio Guidelines for detailed instructions. The portfolio should represent both the artistic medium the applicant is planning to emphasize and his or her potential for advanced specialized study.

Applicants are asked to provide the names and email addresses of three references, but letters of recommendation are not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. For the MFA program, applicants with a bachelor's degree in art are preferred, but those who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with only some previous study in art may be admitted on the basis of a review of their work.

The UCLA Application for Graduate Admission is due by January 9, 2022, 11:59pm PST.

For a complete outline of degree requirements, see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees available in the departmental office and accessible on the graduate division webpage.

Financial Support

General Information

UCLA offers several kinds of financial assistance for graduate students. Merit-based support is available in the form of fellowships, assistantships, and departmental awards; need-based assistance is available to those who qualify.

Financial awards are offered to the most outstanding eligible new and continuing students in the MFA program. Entering students also may apply for University fellowships in conjunction with their application for admission. Award recommendations are made by faculty. Factors considered include creative work, potential, and, in some cases, financial need; effort is made to distribute awards among all areas of study in the department. For assistantships, special abilities are also factored into the decision. In 2017-18, 100% of enrolled MFA students received merit-based support; the average, combined award totaled over $30,000 per student.

The UCLA Financial Aid Office administers financial support for eligible US citizens and permanent residents based upon need. For graduate students, need-based financial aid is awarded in the form of loans and work-study.

Extramural fellowships also are made available by many off-campus agencies and foundations. Applicants should contact the funding organizations directly for information regarding extramural fellowship opportunities.

More detailed information on financial support is available in the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission and at the UCLA Graduate Division Web site.


Scholarships—made possible through the generosity of private individuals, firms, or foundations—are available annually to undergraduate and graduate students. These prestigious awards are made by faculty nomination, and in some cases, by student application or competition. Examples of these awards are as follows:

Roy Aaron Endowed Scholarship
Laura Andreson Scholarship
John Baldessari Family Foundation Scholarship
Samuel Booth Art Scholarship
Centennial Scholars Award
Martha Matthias Denny Scholarship
Dept Art Faculty & Alumni Award
Department of Art Scholarship
Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg
Feitelson Arts Foundation Award
Fine Arts Trust Award
Edna and Yu-Shan Han Award
D'Arcy Hayman Scholarship
Werner Z. Hirsch Award in Drawing
Hoyt Scholarship
Emma B. Keller Fine Arts Scholarship
Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship
Lilian Levinson Foundation Scholarship
Elizabeth Heller Mandell Memorial Scholarship
Nancy Tokar Miller Scholarship
Moss Scholar
Barbara and Joseph Naar Scholarship
Susan and Leonard Nimoy Fellowship
Alfredo Orselli Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Hyman Eugene and Frieda Dreyer Oxman Scholarship
Aubrey Penny Scholarship
Placita Salais Scholarship
Edward J. and Alice Mae Smith Scholarship
Charles Speroni Memorial Scholarship
Judith and Milton Stark Scholarship
Andera & Joe Straus Fund for Conservation
S.A. Temple Award
UCLA Art Council Award
UCLA Department of Art Travel Fund
Clifton Webb Fine Arts Scholarship
Weiser Family Foundation Scholarship
Harold M. Williams Endowed Scholarship

For Prospective MFA Students Interested in Visiting:

UCLA Graduate Studios

In accordance with safer at home orders, in-person information sessions and studio tours for prospective MFA applicants have been suspended.

We are offering remote MFA information sessions for prospective applicants via Zoom.  Please click on the link below to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Wednesday October 20, 10am Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Wednesday November 3, 3:30pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Friday November 19, 3:30pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Thursday December 9, 10am Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please also visit our web site for information about the New Wight Gallery schedule and the Artist Lecture Series for upcoming online programming.




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The Department of Art graduate student advisor, Caron Cronin, is available to assist students from the time of inquiry about application to the program until graduation. Her contact information is as follows::

Tel: (310) 206-7363