Graduate Studio Art Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 for fall admission. The Studio Art Program does not accept applications for spring admission. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. Please note that international applicants must submit all materials by December 15 due to additional application requirements.

Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent in writing from the Office of Graduate Admission. Applications to the Studio Art Program must be received or postmarked by February 1 in order to be considered.

All applicants to the graduate degree and certificate programs at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated. An Artist's Statement is required and should be typed, double spaced, and no longer than one page.  The Artist's Statement serves in lieu of a Statement of Purpose.  A Statement of Purpose is not required.

Supplemental Application: Studio art students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a U.S. bank.  Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. Cash is not accepted.

Official Transcripts: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission.

    Please Note:
    Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress.

    Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Special recommendation forms are provided on the application page or can be sent as part of the online application.
Note: Current Mills College students and alumnae are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the regular graduate admission requirements, all applicants to the Studio Art Program must submit documentation of their work digitally via

NOTE: If you are submitting a portfolio for the video program, please submit a DVD or Audio CD not exceeding 5 minutes in length directly to the Office of Graduate Admission with all other regular application materials. Do not send originals.

An Artist's Statement (in lieu of a Statment of Purpose) is required and should be typed, double spaced, and no longer than one page.

The portfolio and the application form must be postmarked by February 1; no exceptions.

International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Students section which outlines additional admission requirements.

If you have any questions about admission deadlines, requirements, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or

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Last Updated: 7/25/11