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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?
The deadline is 15 February.

What must be submitted with the application?
All applicants must submit a completed application form (either downloaded from the website or obtained from the Graduate Studies office); a personal statement; a resume; two letters of recommendation (one academic and one employment); transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions of higher education; GRE scores; TOEFL scores for international students; and a non-refundable $50.00 application fee to: Graduate Studies Office Room E-315 27th Street at Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10001

Is the GRE required of all applicants?
Yes, but it is one of many criteria that inform us about your potential to succeed in graduate school. Most important consideration is given to the verbal and the writing components. The scores should be mailed directly by GRE (the FIT School of Graduate Studies report code number is 22579 (Institution); 5199 (Department). Further information about the test can be found on the website: www.GRE.org

What requirements apply to international students?
The TOEFL test is required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Only official test scores sent directly from the testing service to FIT are acceptable. Issues pertaining to visa status are handled in advance with the office of International Student Advisors (212 217-8040).

What specific undergraduate degrees are acceptable for admission?
Preference is given to students with majors in art history. However, students with majors in fine arts, business, history, archaeology, or English could also qualify for admission. All students must demonstrate strong writing and research skills.

What is the art history requirement?
A minimum of four (4) undergraduate courses in the history of art is mandatory, however, preference is given to students with art history majors.

What is the foreign language requirement?
Entering students must have two years (usually 4 college terms) of a foreign language. If you have learned a language outside college, you can satisfy the requirement by taking a waiver translation exam administered once each term. The preferred languages are French, Italian, Spanish, and German. The foreign language requirement must be satisfied by the end of the first year of graduate study. Foreign students are exempt from the foreign language requirement.

What should my personal statement include?
The personal statement is an important opportunity for you to present yourself and describe your background, travel, and reasons for program choice, as well as future career goals. It will also be evaluated as a sample of your writing skills.

Can I be admitted if I donít have all my pre-requisites completed at the time of application?
Possibly, you must, however, have an otherwise strong application and a plan in place for the timely completion of pre-requisites before admission or, in the case of the foreign language requirement, during the first year of graduate study.

Can I complete the program as a part-time student?
The curriculum is designed for full-time (12 credits per semester) study, but in special circumstances, a student may take fewer than the full-time load per term, and is permitted to take up to 4 years to complete the program. There is a mix of day and evening classes that allow a student to hold a part-time or even a flexible full-time job. Accommodations for part-time study will be determined on an individual basis.

What is the internship requirement?
The internship is an invaluable opportunity for professional growth and networking. Students are encouraged to complete as many different internships as possible. Only one of these (135 hours) will be presented in the context of the 3-credit Internship course in the fourth semester of study. Typically, every semester there are more requests for interns from galleries, museums, auction houses and other art institutions than there are students to fill them.

What is the nature of the Qualifying Paper?
Students are encouraged to think about possible QP topics early on. Such topics often result from one of the courses taken in the program. After discussion with the appropriate faculty advisor, students submit a proposal to the QP Committee. Once the proposal is approved, the student works with the advisor to produce an original paper, rich in research and documentation, of 30 to 60 pages in length. Students have up to one year after completion of course work to submit the qualifying paper.

Can I customize my degree in any way?
The choice of internship sites and the specific topic of the qualifying paper both offer students the opportunity to pursue individual interests.

Is student housing available?
Yes, undergraduate campus housing is available, but graduate students tend to use this as an initial stopgap measure while they make their own housing arrangements. For information contact the Office of Residential Life: 212 217-5885.

Other than FAFSA loans are there any scholarships, or TA positions?
No, but there is a college-wide work-study program for qualified students. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office: 212 217-7439.

How does the Art Market department determine acceptance?
Beginning on February 15th, completed applications are reviewed. Selection is based on ALL the components of the application Ė GRE, transcripts, letters, resume, and work experience. Absent the possibility of a personal interview, students will be interviewed on the phone. Students are notified of decisions before the end of March.

How many students are accepted each year?
Between 15 and 20 students are admitted each year.

What is the ratio of applicants to accepted students?
For the past few years we have had up to 50 applications for the 15-20 openings.

What positions do graduates of the Art Market program obtain?
Graduates in the program qualify for employment in all sectors of the art world, such as art gallery directors, corporate curators, art advisors, public art program directors, fine arts appraisers, independent curators, auction house department heads, museum development directors, and art foundation administrators. Currently, we have students working at such prestigious institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum. Mixed Greens and Gagosian Gallery, as well as students who are in business for themselves as dealers and art advisors.
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