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Midpoint Review

Midpoint Review Presentation Guidelines

What is the Midpoint Review?
The midpoint review is a formal presentation before a review committee where the graduate school evaluates each student’s eligibility for MFA candidacy based on the following:

Oral Presentation Guidelines
The Midpoint Review Oral Presentation will be divided according to the following time limits:

1. Introduction (1-2 minutes)

The committee has read your biography. You must now convince the committee that you have the background to do your final project. You do not want to say exactly the same things that you said in your résumé and biography.

  • Introduce yourself by giving your name/country/major.
  • Talk about (do NOT read) your bio/résumé. This is your chance to give some more details and some emotional content to your biographical information.
  • Think about the most important points that you want the committee to know about you. This information should somehow connect with your final project.

2. Portfolio Presentation (7-9 minutes)

The committee has read your written proposal and is familiar with your portfolio. You must now convince the committee that you have the skills to do the final project.

  • Academy of Art University Work (originals, slides, or video transfers) - number of projects varies by department
  • Multiple views of the same project count as ONE project
  • Present MFA work from the Academy of Art University only (no remedial, foundations or skill development projects)
  • If you want/need to present non-MFA or non-Academy of Art University work, this can be no more than 10% of your portfolio presentation and can be used ONLY if it is significant to the final project in some way
  • Check with your department: certain departments have special requirements for the number of projects (look at BLUE Graduate School Student Handbook )

3. Proposal (7-9 minutes)

The committee has read your written proposal. Now you will want to add to the emotional conviction and passion you have for your project. This is your chance to show the committee that you are very serious and very interested and very passionate about your final project! Remember that you will be spending about three semesters to work on this project. You do not want to be bored with it before you even begin. You must convince the committee that doing this project is very important to you.

Definition of final project
A short statement of what the final project is about. A clear CONCEPT is required.

Project interest

  • Why is doing this work important?
  • Who would be interested in this project?
  • Why have you chosen it?
  • Where does it fit into the world?
  • Who would your collector(s) be?
  • Where would one see your work in the future?

Form of the final project
Be specific as to size (fine art) or length of project (computer art, video)

Time Line

  • By semester, including 21 units of directed study
  • Travel, research, directed study, classes to be taken, date of graduation

Directed Study Advisor(s)

  • Think about any directed study advisors you'd like to work with and discuss them with your director