The application for the Visual Studies MFA program is online through The College at Brockport, SUNY. To apply go to their website where you will find instructions (at the bottom of the page) for creating a Login ID and PIN to access the application.

  • A portfolio that represents a body of work is required for the application. You may send up to 20 images of one or several bodies of work. When submitting book work, please send images of multiple spreads or create a short video of turning each page of the book to be submitted in the portfolio. If you make moving images, send several short digital video excerpts, no more than 20 minutes total. If you are a critic submitting writing samples, please send several excerpts or one long piece, no more than 20 pages total.

    All portfolio material should be submitted through If you do not have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to set up a free one.

    Technically, applications are due on February 15 for fall admission only but they are encouraged at any time. Please feel free to write or call with any questions.

  • Elisabeth Tonnard, The Man of the Crowd, box of prints (2008), from VSW MFA thesis exhibition
  • Schedule a tour and for more information

    If you are interested in learning more about the Visual Studies MFA program at Visual Studies Workshop you should make a point of visiting to meet the program director, staff members, and other members of the VSW community prior to applying. Contact Director Tate Shaw for more information and to schedule a time to talk or meet in person.

    Tate Shaw, Director
    Visual Studies Workshop
    31 Prince Street
    Rochester, NY 14607
    (585) 442-8676