Studio Art Graduate Program

Applications for Fall 2015 admission to the MFA Program will be accepted in all disciplines except Sculpture. For further information on the degree requirements and a sample schedule please click here.

Dear MFA program applicant,    

Thank you for your interest in the studio graduate program at Tulane University. Through the School of Liberal Arts, the Newcomb Art Department offers the MFA degree in a relatively small, intensive, two-year residency program that emphasizes close interaction with faculty and peers. Degree requirements focus on studio work but include four MFA seminar classes and two graduate level courses in the history of art, for a sample schedule please click here. Students are provided with a private studio and 24-hour access to general facilities.

The Woldenberg Art Center offers some of the finest facilities available. Sculpture houses an extensive metal foundry and wood shop. Ceramics includes general studio workrooms as well as clay and glaze mixing rooms and kiln room. Glass houses both a hot and cold shop. Printmaking has facilities for intaglio, lithography and silkscreen as well as its own darkroom. Photography includes graduate and main darkrooms, a developing room, print mounting room, lighting studio, lecture and demo room and a digital imaging room. Painting and drawing maintains four rooms with full walls of natural north light and color-balanced lighting. The 1,600 sq. ft. Carroll Gallery in the Newcomb Art Wing is dedicated to student and faculty exhibitions, providing opportunities for showing new student work in addition to regular thesis exhibitions. The new 3,500-sq. ft. Newcomb Art Gallery features temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historic visual art on a year-round basis.

Application deadline is February 1st. Please note that the GRE is not required of MFA applicants in studio art. You may complete almost all of the steps for the application process online. Alternately, you may download the application and forms and mail them to:

Tulane University
School of Liberal Arts
Director of Graduate Studies
102 Newcomb Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118  

Your supporting materials of college transcripts, 20 digital images of your work on CD should be mailed to:  

Newcomb Art Department
202 Woldenberg Art Center
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Images should be of recent pieces and indicate your primary interest and direction.

Image & Time-Based Work Specifications

Digital Images 
1. Still images must be in JPEG format, maximum dimensions of 1024 x 768 at 72 dpi.
2. Each file must be named as applicant’s Lastname_Firstname_xx.ext.
        Example: Doe, John 01.jpg Doe, John 02.jpg
3. File sizes should be no larger than 2MB.
4. Files must be submitted on a CD with the applicant’s name, and the area to which you are applying, written directly on the disc.
5. Applicants must also include a file on the CD with an inventory of the images (name and title, medium, dimensions, dates).
6. Place all image files (up to 20) in a single folder on the CD.  

Time-Based Work
1. Time-based work should be submitted on DVD and/or uploaded on your webpage, Vimeo or Youtube with appropriate URL’s.
2. Please limit your time-based work to no more than ten minutes.
3. DVDs should be clearly labeled with your name, the title and date of the work or works, the total length.

The studio art faculty reviews all applications in the first week of March and makes recommendations to the School of Liberal Arts on candidates to accept. All admitted students receive a financial aid package that consists of a tuition waiver and an assistantship stipend of $15,360 per year. Further information and applications may be obtained from the SLA Graduate Studies website. If you have more questions about the program, specific requirements or deadlines, please email me at

Best Regards,
AnnieLaurie Erickson
Graduate Coordinator

Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327