Your application is a three step process:

  1. GATHER — Prepare all the documents and files you will need for your application. These include:
    • Your undergraduate transcripts (BFA or equivalent) from an accredited institution.
    • Your statement of purpose, indicating how your intentions align with this MFA program (no more than 1000 words).
    • Your resume or CV.
    • The names and e-mail address of two (2) professional references.
    • Your portfolio, consisting of 20 still images, or 20 minutes of time-based content, or a combination (such as 10 images and 10 minutes of time-based content).
  2. UPLOAD — You will need to complete BOTH the University of Hartford’s
    online application and the Hartford Art School’s Slideroom application.
  3. SUBMIT — Review, and pay the non-refundable application fee of $50 for the UHart application and $12 for the Slideroom application.
Review of applications for admission for the 2018 MFA cohort will open October 15, 2017. Applications that arrive prior to December 1, 2017 will receive notice of admission status within 2 weeks. The priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is January 15, 2018.

International students will use the WES to validate transcripts and will be required to take the TOEFL exam to determine English language proficiency.

Upon acceptance, international students will be required to get a US student visa, show financial ability to cover costs associated with the program, and obtain health insurance. Details can be found at the UH International Studies Center.

Complete the Online Application.

If you think this program might be right for you, and have questions about the program, faculty, or curriculum, please contact program director Carol Padberg at

Questions about how to apply, the Slideroom application portal, application status, or other general questions can be directed to program manager Carla Corcoran at

Questions about the University of Hartford’s graduate online application, financial aid, or grad admission can be directed to Graduate Admission’s Director Summer Amorosino at

Please feel free to download our 2017-2018 Program Brochure and Tuition Rate Sheet for future reference.


For students entering in the 2017-2018 academic year, the total 26-month tuition and fee cost is estimated to be around $56,500. This does not include travel expenses or graduation fees. For up-to-the-minute tuition information, please refer to the University of Hartford Grad Studies page.

For students entering in the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition & fees are paid in 3 installments.

  • Summer $16,209*
  • Fall $4,384*
  • Spring $4,384*

*Anticipated tuition and fee for academic year 2018-2019.

Some partial tuition merit scholarships are available for candidates, up to 40% of tuition costs. The Interdisciplinary MFA Director and admissions committee will determine the scholarships.

Financial aid available through the U.S. Department of Education for domestic students. To learn more, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800.947.4303 or email: