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    MA(FINE ART) and PhD

All graduate programs are full-time. It takes a minimum of two-years to complete the MA(FINE ART), and 4 years to complete the PhD.

MTSIFA’s graduate programs are discipline-specific and may span many activities, departments, resources and facilities. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of interdisciplinary seminars; they are accepted on the progamme (through the Graduate School of Makerere University) following a highly selective admission process.

Students work closely with faculty throughout the development of their studio projects and/or writing of their theses.

All members of the academic staff are practicing professionals in their respective fields. They have a wealth of experiences which they use to guide students under their supervision.

The graduate program is further enriched by distinguished visiting artists, scholars and guest critics.

MTSIFA's collaborative relationship with other Universities allows graduate students access to a large array of lectures, events and archives.

Graduate students are provided with secure, private or semi-private studio facilities with 24-hour access.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application forms obtained from the Graduate School.

  2. Official transcript from all colleges attended. International transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts are evaluated to determine the conferment of a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is regionally accredited, or is recognized by the Ministry of Education (or equivalent agency) in the applicant’s home country. Transcripts also supply information on the applicant’s breadth of coursework and preparedness to undertake graduate-level reseach.

  3. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or should anticipate completion of a bachelor’s degree before enrollment on the graduate program. Completion of relevant coursework at the undergraduate level is expected prior to progressing to graduate study. MTSIFA gives preference to applicants with a 3.0 grade point average or above.

  4. Recommendations. Each applicantion must be supported by three recommendations. All recommendations must be professional in nature and may not come from friends or family members. Recommendations may be written by professors, advisers, supervisors or community leaders who have had immediate contact with the applicant and who have knowledge of the applicant’s level of commitment and history of achievement. Recommendations should address attributes such as the applicant’s creativity, initiative, motivation, character and achievements, thus assessing the applicant’s reasonable potential for success as a graduate student.

  5. Statement of purpose. Applicantions must be accompanied by a statement of purpose. It should have 500-750 words giving an overview of the applicant’s academic and professional experience. It should describe clearly the applicant's preparedness for, and commitment to, further study in a specific discipline. It should describe the candidate's qualifications for graduate study, and should demonstrate a high level of interest in art design and cultural discourse. The applicant should state personal and professional goals related to the pursuit of an advanced degree in the discipline, indicating her/his intended focus.

  6. Portfolio. Portfolios are required from candidates intending to pursue studio-based disciplines. These are evaluated individually by faculty from the candidate's preferred department, as well as by the Research and Higher Degrees Committee of MTSIFA.

  7. Résumé. Applicants must supply a résumé indicating their educational and professional experience and employment history. It should list commissioned works, exhibitions, honors, memberships, interests and activities, including volunteer work.

  8. Interviews are encouraged, but not required. Applicants may arrange to visit the school and schedule an interview, tour or portfolio consultation at any time during the year. Telephone or e-mail interviews are acceptable.
Application materials cannot be returned.


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