Graduate Admissions

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  • Admissions Overview

    In SUVA’s graduate program, students enhance their abilities and expand their individual vision while learning to develop a successful studio practice in the visual arts. The program encourages creativity and independence while providing intensive instruction from an accomplished faculty and group consultation within a collaborative framework.


    To be admitted to the Graduate School for the purpose of seeking an advanced degree you must be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university. All other admission eligibility requirements are determined by each school or department.

    Degree Seeking Classifications

    Unconditional Master’s Students:

    Students who have been accepted to an approved SUVA graduate program based on their eligibility and qualifications.

  • Application Materials

    In addition applying online, additional materials listed below must be submitted to the University:

    • Artist statement

    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

    • Statement of intent (500 words minimum) explaining how a Master of Fine Arts degree can help you achieve your career goals and why you believe SUVA is the right school for you.

    • Portfolio demonstrating proficiency in one or more of the following areas:
      • Graphic Design, Painting and Illustration, Photography: 20 digital images, between 800 and 1200 pixels in the longest dimension.

      • Motion Arts: Documentation of 2-5 completed time-based projects. Digital images, between 800 and 1200 pixels on the longest dimension, video, or web-based projects may be submitted. Include link to additional online works if relevant.

    • Image list to accompany portfolio containing titles, dates, dimensions (H” x W” x D”), and media.

    • Three academic or professional letters of recommendation. Click here to download the recommendation form.

    • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees.

    Transcripts must show degrees awarded. If you have not yet finished the degree at the time of application, please send the most up-to-date transcripts available.

    Submit application materials to:
    Office of Admissions,
    Southwest University of Visual Arts,
    20 E Congress St,
    Tucson, AZ,

    Incomplete application files will not be reviewed for admission consideration. International applicants are also responsible for additional requirements. See Information for International Applicants.

  • Financial Aid

    Southwest University of Visual Arts encourages students to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no application deadline. Southwest University of Visual Arts complies with all Federal and State regulations in the distribution of financial aid awards (see Understanding Financial Aid, U.S Department of Education).

    If the student is meeting satisfactory progress standards, Financial Aid is disbursed by the appropriate office in the Student Services Department. Financial Aid funds are disbursed in a reasonable time frame after funds are received by the College. Federal Financial Aid is available to eligible students, which includes Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grant (FSEOG) and Federal Workstudy (FWS). Please contact a Student Services Representative at for more information.

We are currently in the process of redeveloping our MFA program at SUVA. Therefore, we are pausing applications for the time being. If you would like us to contact you in the future regarding the reintroduction of this program, get in touch with us at