Graduate Studio Art Application Information

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 for fall admission. Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis–please contact us to learn more. The Studio Art Program does not accept applications for spring admission. Additional details about the admission and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Graduate application with $50 application fee.

  • Artist's statement

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  See further details below.

  • Digital portfolio. See further details below.

  • Resume or CV.

  • Two letters of recommendation.  See further details below.

  • English proficiency requirement (for non-native English speakers)

  • Additional requirements for international students. See further details below.

Artist Statement

Your artist statement should introduce to the work you are submitting in your portfolio and articulate the thought and ideas behind your work. It should be no longer than one page. In the online application, the statement may be referred to as a 'personal statement.'

Transcript Requirements

Transcripts with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree must be submitted as part of the application review process. One (1) official transcript from a students’ bachelor’s degree receiving institution is required, and official OR unofficial transcripts for all credited course work toward receipt of bachelor's degree, including courses taken at community college, must be submitted. Students should also submit transcripts from any relevant graduate level work they have completed.

If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion 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.

Hard-copy transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613

Digital transcripts can be sent through a verified service to

Digital Portfolio

Please submit no more than 20 slides in your portfolio. Your portfolio should reflect your current direction in art. You are welcome to include a link to your website, however we do ask that you also upload images. Please do not submit a link in lieu of images. Although it is not mandatory, please feel free to include a short description of each image.
If you are submitting a portfolio for the video program, please submit a DVD or audio CD that does not exceed 5 minutes in length. Do not send originals.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation forms are part of the online application. They can also be sent directly by the recommender to the Office of Graduate Admissions via postal mail or email.

English Proficiency Requirement

All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the English Language School (ELS) Certificate.

The Studio Art graduate program requires a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 for the internet-based TOEFL, IELTS overall band-score of 6.5 or higher, a 60% on the DET, or the ELS Level 112 Certificate.

More information about these exams is available online at,, and

Additional Requirements for International Students

Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. International students should also submit a scanned copy of their passport biographical page. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.


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

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Last Updated: 4/11/17