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I'm not in an MFA program I got accepted to a few fiction programs in the 2013 cycle, but decided not to gobut I have a lot of friends who are. From what I understand: MFAs skew slightly older, and while age itself may not be hugely important, there's definitely an impression that MFA admissions committees value experience outside of academia. It doesn't really matter what type of experience, but it seems they like candidates who have been out in the world for a while.

I think the rationale is that someone who has been in academia since kindergarten with no foray into the "real world" may not have the exposure that makes a good writer, painter, etc.

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Of course, those are creative writing programs. And there are definitely people in MFA programs who went straight from undergrad and were very young my best friend finished her BFA a year early and started her MFA at 21. But that's my limited experience. A good school will welcome diversity in their program. The work is most important. Committees are looking for potential students with promise. Ages can range from 21 to 56 years old.

What is most important is your attitude and your ability to get along with and learn from others in the program without age being a factor. What can you offer the program?

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Will you be mature enough to show initiative and to create work regularly without being prompted by faculty and your peers?

Will social activities take priority over making work? Are you ready for a very intense experience that will last several years? Can you take critical feedback well? Feedback that can be harsh?

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Can you be self-critical? Are you open to new ideas and viewpoints different from your own?

  1. From what I understand. Can you be self-critical?
  2. What is most important is your attitude and your ability to get along with and learn from others in the program without age being a factor.
  3. What is most important is your attitude and your ability to get along with and learn from others in the program without age being a factor. Will you be mature enough to show initiative and to create work regularly without being prompted by faculty and your peers?

Do you know why you want to go to grad school at this time? Are your goals realistic? Do you have a good understanding of Contemporary Art?

  • Don't make that an early criterion, but keep it in mind before you apply;
  • A good school will welcome diversity in their program;
  • MFAs skew slightly older, and while age itself may not be hugely important, there's definitely an impression that MFA admissions committees value experience outside of academia;
  • Will I be at a disadvantage because of my age?

Thank you so much for the input!