Applications Open October 1, 2024

Self-motivated, self-disciplined, creative, and inquisitive applicants from all over the world are drawn to Cranbrook Academy of Art’s intensive, studio-based Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs.  The Academy seeks to enroll a diverse class, with students who come from various backgrounds and have a wide variety of experiences. 

  • 2025-2026 Applications Open

    October 1, 2024

  • 2025-2026 Applications Close

    February 1, 2025

Admissions Overview

Our program is an intensive, full-time, studio-based program where students will graduate with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or a Master of Architecture (M.Arch).

Students in each of the eleven departments are mentored by a faculty member (also referred to as the Department Head or as the department’s Artist-, Designer-, or Architect-in-Residence) who lives on campus and works alongside his or her students in the studio. The Department Head selects students for the department, evaluating them not only on the strength of their applications, but also in terms of how they and their work will fit within the departmental philosophy. This approach to admissions results in a true community of artists, designers, and architects that comes together to learn from each other and from their Department Heads.

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