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Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

The Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts offers study in both Art & Design and Theatre

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

Department of Art & Design Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Art & Design

Fall Spring Summer

Please go to the Art & Design web page for further information.

U.S. Citizen February 1 (deadline for receipt of completed applications for priority consideration for teaching assistantships)
Final deadline is the same as Graduate School deadlines.
Only a limited number of admissions may be granted to applicants whose application is completed after February 1.
No applications accepted No applications accepted
International February 1 (deadline for receipt of completed applications for priority consideration for teaching assistantships)
Final deadline is the same as Graduate School deadlines.
Only a limited number of admissions may be granted to applicants whose application is completed after February 1.
No applications accepted No applications accepted

Art & Design will NOT accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes. You must provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the time of application.

Department of Theatre Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Theatre Fall Spring Summer

(Note: Check the Theatre Web page for the dates of the next recruiting class)

U.S. Citizen February 15 (deadline for receipt of completed applications for priority consideration for teaching assistantships)
Final deadline is the same as Graduate School deadlines.
Only a limited number of admissions may be granted to applicants whose application is completed after February 15.
Obtain permission to apply from Area Faculty and Graduate Program Director. No applications accepted
International February 15 (deadline for receipt of completed applications for priority consideration for teaching assistantships)
Final deadline is the same as Graduate School deadlines.
Only a limited number of admissions may be granted to applicants whose application is completed after February 15.
No applications accepted No applications accepted

Theatre will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Theatre or if you are recommended for admission.

Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
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ART & DESIGN

Name: Vicki Biggs
Phone: (765) 494-8662
E-mail: biggsv@purdue.edu

Graduate Program
Department of Art & Design
Patti & Rusty Rueff School
of Visual and Performing Arts
Purdue University
552 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2002

THEATRE

Name: Rosie Starks
Phone: (765) 494-3080
E-mail: rstarks@purdue.edu

Graduate Program in Theatre
Patti & Rusty Rueff School
of Visual and Performing Arts
Purdue University
552 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2002

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ART & DESIGN ~ Master of Fine Arts Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Indicate Area of Study: 
    Studio Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Electronic Time-Based Art, Jewelry and Metals, Painting, Photography and Related Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles), Industrial Design (Product Design, Interaction Design), Interior Design, Visual Communications Design
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • For Interior Design, B.A. or B.F.A. in Interior Design or related field is required.
  • Minimum of 3 undergraduate hours in Western art or design history required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not Required
  • Special Notes:
    Visual Portfolio Required: 20 images of recent work in digital format, image list (thumbnails, title, date, size, medium).
    Self-addressed stamped mailer for return of visual materials.

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Indicate Area of Study: 
    Studio Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Electronic Time-Based Art, Jewelry and Metals, Painting, Photography and Related Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles), Industrial Design (Product Design, Interaction Design), Interior Design, Visual Communications Design
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • For Interior Design, B.A. or B.F.A. in Interior Design or related field is required.
  • Minimum of 3 undergraduate hours in Western art or design history required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (iBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required
  • Special Notes:
    Visual Portfolio Required: 20 images of recent work in digital format, image list (thumbnails, title, date, size, medium.)
    Self-addressed stamped mailer for return of visual materials. 
    TOEFL iBT minimum speaking score of 27 required to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

ART EDUCATION ~ Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score has been set
  • B.A. in Art Education or B.A. in Art with teaching certification
  • 9 undergraduate hours in art or design history required

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required.
  • B.A. in Art Education or B.A. in Art with teaching certification
  • 9 undergraduate hours in art or design history required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required
  • Special Note: 
    TOEFL iBT minimum speaking score of 27 required to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

ART EDUCATION ~ Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

Applications for the Ph.D. in Art Education are processed by the graduate offices of the College of Education, NOT the Department of Art & Design.

  • M.A. in Art Education or M.A. in Art with teaching certification
  • 3 years teaching experience at the K-12 level.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required verbal: 600 minimum and total score 1000 minimum

International Applicant Requirements:

  • M.A. in Art Education or M.A. in Art with teaching certification
  • 3 years teaching experience at the K-12 level.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required verbal: 600 minimum and total score 1000 minimum
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required
  • Special Note: 
    TOEFL iBT minimum speaking score of 27 required to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

THEATRE ~ Master of Fine Arts Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Indicate Area of Study:
    Acting: Professional Acting Training (Recruits every three years. Check the Theatre web page www.purdue.edu/theatre for the dates of the next recruiting class.)
    Directing: (Recruits every three years. Check the Theatre web page www.purdue.edu/theatre for the dates of the next recruiting class.)
    Design & Technology: Costume, Lighting, Scene, Sound, Technical Direction, Theatre Engineering
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required
  • Special Note:
    Audition/portfolio review required; usually through U/RTA

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Indicate Area of Study:
    Acting: Professional Acting Training (Recruits every three years. Check the Theatre web page www.purdue.edu/theatre for the dates of the next recruiting class.)
  • Directing: (Recruits every three years. Check the Theatre web page www.purdue.edu/theatre for the dates of the next recruiting class.)
  • Design & Technology: Costume, Lighting, Scene, Sound, Technical Direction, Theatre Engineering
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required
  • Special Notes:
    Audition/portfolio review required; usually through U/RTA
    Test of Spoken English (TSE) minimum score of 50 to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.