Book Art: Additional Application Information & FAQs

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In addition to the general graduate application requirements, here are a few more items you'll need to complete your Mills admission application.

Note: If you’re an international student who is interested in applying to Mills, please visit our application requirements for international graduate students page first.

Fall Application Deadline Options

After the fall priority deadline of February 1, we consider applications on a space-available basis until July 15. If you cannot submit all of your materials by the priority deadline, here is our complete list of application deadlines:

  • Fall priority deadline—February 1
  • Round 2 deadline—April 1
  • Round 3 deadline—May 1
  • Final fall deadline—July 15

We strongly encourage you to apply for admission by February 1 to receive the earliest consideration for our department's assistantships.

Additional Application Requirements

Digital Portfolio

Please upload 15–20 images of your visual work (books, photographs, prints, drawings, and installations) to the portfolio section of the Mills admission application. Each image must be accompanied by a detailed description including title, size, format, technique, and the names of your collaborators, if applicable. You may also upload up to 10 minutes of video showcasing time-based work and/or performance pieces.

  • If your portfolio includes books, include at least two, but no more than five, images for each book.
  • Please note that we cannot accept scrapbooks, journals, blank books, graphic design or commercial work, or any other work for hire.

Artist's Statement

The artist's statement is your opportunity to provide us with insight into who you are as a person, what your thought process is as an artist, and where you wish to go in the future with your art. It should be typed, double spaced, and no longer than one page in length. In it you should introduce the work you are submitting in your digital portfolio, clearly articulating the nature and direction of your work. Upload your artist's statement in the statement of purpose section of the Mills online admission application.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

As the final step in submitting your application materials, please upload a standard resume or curriculum vitae highlighting your book art projects, relevant work experience, and educational background. After submitting your online application, log in to your Check Your Application Status page and use the upload materials option to add your resume/CV to your application materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have More Questions? Contact Us.

If you have any questions about your program, please reach out to us at 510.430.3309 or to connect with your admission counselor.

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