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Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Design

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 uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

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

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

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.

Contact Information Mailing Address
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DESIGN

Name: Sara Unser
Phone: (765) 494-8662
E-mail: sunser@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


DESIGN ~ Master of Fine Arts Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Indicate Area of Study: 
    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: 
    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.

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