Bard Graduate Center
Applications for Fall 2021 admission to the MA & PhD program are due Monday, January 4, 2021.

Carnegie Mellon University
The university offers MFA students an in-person experience at its new facility, which is equipped with environmental health and safety features and has ample space for physical distancing.

CCS Bard
The deadline to apply for a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies at Bard College is February 1, 2021.

City College of New York
CCNY’s Art Department has nationally recognized programs, distinguished faculty, and tuition stipends.

Columbia University
Applications are open until January 19, 2021 for the MFA Visual Arts and Sound Art programs at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Cornell University
Applications for the Master of Fine Arts at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning are due by January 7, 2021.

Maine College of Art
Apply by January 22 to be considered for the full-tuition scholarship. The priority deadline is February 26.

Purchase College, SUNY
Students can expect to pay significantly less than half the cost of attendance of equivalent private graduate programs, thanks to the college’s position in the SUNY system.

School of Visual Arts
The New York-based, globally linked professional curatorial training program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021.

Stony Brook University
To be considered for the highest levels of funding and support, applications must be received by January 15, 2021. The last day to apply is March 1, 2021.

Tyler School of Art and Architecture
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s new Arts Management track prepares students to become innovators and leaders across a range of arts roles in commercial and nonprofit sectors.

University at Albany
The affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2021.

University at Buffalo
Applications are open through January 15, 2021 for the boundary-pushing MFA and MA programs at UB’s Department of Art.

University of Connecticut
UConn’s fully funded graduate studio art program supports a broad range of artmaking across studio media. Applications are open until January 15, 2021.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The university’s Intermedia and Digital Art program facilitates students’ engagement with emerging artistic practices to address conceptual and social challenges.


Georgia State University
Tuition waivers, 24-hour access to studio space, and graduate assistantships are available for a variety of programs. Apply by February 1, 2021.

University of Arkansas
Students receive full assistantships, including full-tuition waivers and annual $15,000 stipends, as well as $4,000 fellowships each year.

University of Florida
Engage in experimental and intersectional research-based art-making at UF’s School of Art + Art History. Applications are open until February 1, 2021.

Warren Wilson College
The United States’s only low-residency MA in Critical Craft Studies program is accepting applications until March 1, 2021.


Case Western Reserve University
The university’s joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art provides funded opportunities to earn master’s degrees in art history and museum studies, as well as PhDs in art history.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Five full-tuition fellowships are available for prospective MFA or M.Arch students at one of the nation’s most distinctive and celebrated graduate-only schools of transformative art and design.

University of Illinois
Candidates pursuing advanced degrees in Studio, Graphic or Industrial Design, Metals, Art Education, and Art History are eligible for a variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.

University of Michigan
The application deadline for the Stamps School of Art & Design’s highly selective MFA in Fine Art program is January 6, 2021.

Washington University in St. Louis – MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture
Armed with pen, ink, and stylus, MFA-IVC students unearth the wild, the wondrous, and the unknown. Apply by February 5 and read more on Hyperallergic.

Washington University in St. Louis – MFA in Visual Art
Students enjoy in-person access to the top-tier research institution’s vast resources, including numerous specialized spaces for creating. Apply by February 5 and read more on Hyperallergic.


Arizona State University School of Art
Make art within and across disciplines in this top-ranked MFA program, where students pursue research in social practice, environmental justice, sustainability, and emerging technologies.

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Graduate studies in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts train students to become cultural changemakers.

University of Houston
UH’s School of Art extends scholarship and fellowship assistance to all graduate students in its program. Read more on Hyperallergic.

West Coast

CalArts School of Art
A sanctuary for cross-disciplinary training, the School of Art promotes the creative environment and intellectual context for artistic experimentation.

CalArts School of Critical Studies – Aesthetics and Politics
Centered in a community of visual and performing artists, the MA program’s core courses are supplemented by electives and a stimulating, art-focused environment.

CalArts School of Critical Studies – Creative Writing
Substantial institute scholarships, including two full-tuition fellowships and teaching opportunities, are available to qualified applicants.

Claremont Graduate University
The Center for Business and Management of the Arts at CGU is redefining education in art making, markets, and management.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Applications are open for MFA and MA programs at PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies. The priority deadline is February 1, 2021.

Southern California Institute of Architecture
Each semester, students at SCI-Arc can enroll in specialized design studios with faculty and visiting architects.

UC Davis
The priority deadline to apply for the MFA in Design program at the University of California system’s only comprehensive academic design department is January 5, 2021.

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