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Graduate Admission to the Master of Fine Arts

1. Apply to the University

  • Create a BU4U account
  • Complete the Belmont University Graduate Studies Application for Admission
  • Write a statement of purpose addressing your artistic goals or considerations in a personal, as well as, critical context 
  • Pay the $50 Application Fee

Create a BU4U Account


2. Submit Application Material

Once the application is submitted and the application fee is paid, an email will be sent with instructions for submitting the supplemental pieces of the application. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  1. Two completed recommendation forms from individuals who know the applicant's artistic abilities. At least one recommendation must be completed by an individual who can address the applicant's accomplishments and potential in the academic classroom setting.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Official transcripts of all previous college and masters level work. International applicants with college level coursework from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students who have earned below a 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Portfolio of work (15–20 pieces)- Applicants will submit their portfolio via SlideRoom. Students will receive an email with a link to submit their portfolio. Students will create a new, free account with SlideRoom to begin the process. SlideRoom is a file management system the Watkins College uses to review portfolios. In SlideRoom, applicants can upload still images, documents, and multimedia files.


3. Interview

Due to Covid-19 all interviews for 2022 will be done virtually. Interviews will be done by invitation only. Please see the information below for more details.

Interview with the MFA Program Coordinator and at least one faculty member teaching in the MFA program.



The first term of the MFA program starts in the summer and the application deadline is April 30th. All prospective students should apply as soon as possible to complete the interview process. 



For questions regarding the application or the admissions process, please contact:

Kristi Hargrove
MFA Program Coordinator
Email: Kristi Hargrove