Creative Technologies - Application - SOVA
The Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Technologies at Virginia Tech is a terminal degree program that prepares students to use digital and new media technologies to create, present, communicate and shape information and imagery. The program addresses emerging trends in scientific and research arenas, art and design, and industrial/commercial contexts.
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Creative Technologies – Application


CT MFA Program


Application Deadline

The Creative Technologies MFA program application deadline is March 26, 2021 for Fall 2021 admission. We do not facilitate mid-year/Spring admission. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The application includes two parts: a set of documents that you will upload electronically to the Virginia Tech Graduate School application site, and a digital portfolio that you will send via URL to the School of Visual Arts (SOVA). No physical submissions of portfolios (CDs /DVDs, or physical artworks) are accepted. Recommendations must be submitted before the application is considered complete.

How to Apply

Please read all directions thoroughly when filling out the online application. For questions about the online application process, please call the Graduate School at 540-231-8636. For questions about portfolio requirements, please contact the Creative Technologies MFA Director, Rachel Lin Weaver at Complete the online application, which includes submitting a $75 non-refundable application fee electronically using a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover) or check (debit card). The School of Visual Arts recommends students for admission to the Graduate School; however, the Dean of the Graduate School determines actual acceptance for admission.


No applications will be reviewed until all application materials are completed.


Visit for details on applying to graduate school at Virginia Tech. To apply online now, visit the Grad School’s online Application for Graduate Admission portal at


Application Materials:


Materials to Submit to the Graduate School


Three Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate School’s online application process will ask for the email addresses of three references. Please have the three email addresses ready before you begin the online application. The references will be notified by the Graduate School via email and asked to upload their recommendation letter electronically.  Secure your references early in the process in order to allow enough time for your references to provide letters.



Please submit an online resume or curriculum vitae detailing your academic and professional achievements.


Letter of Intent

Please submit an online letter of intent to the SOVA MFA Committee. State the creative graduate research you would like to pursue, whether you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, describe your submitted work, and the academic goals you want to accomplish through graduate study at Virginia Tech.  Include information about your knowledge and experience in your letter of intent.


Official Transcript(s)

Submit your official transcript at the Application for Graduate Admission portal.  If you are accepted for admission you will then mail a hard copy of the transcript to the Graduate School.  The Graduate School must receive official transcripts (with English translations) by the application deadline.


Graduate School mailing address:

Graduate Admissions (0325)
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Graduate School, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061


NOTE: Virginia Tech current or former students do not need to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.



TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of all international students whose first language is not English, except those applicants who have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction. The university-wide minimum requirement is 80 for Internet, 213 for Computer, and 550 for paper. TOEFL scores are not required of US permanent residents and US naturalized citizens.


Official test scores should be sent to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, institution code 5859. Do not enter a department code.


Assistantship Applications


When filling out the online application form, check the box indicating that you are interested in being considered for a Graduate Assistantship. There is no individual form required for applying for Graduate Assistantships.


NOTE: The School of Visual Arts does not require the GRE.


Materials to Send to the School of Visual Arts


Electronic Portfolio

Submit an electronic portfolio of your work as a website or Dropbox / Google Drive link that reviewers can access. Please use standard file format types (pdf, jpeg, mov, mp3, mp4, etc) for your portfolio and include a reasonable number of examples for faculty to accurately evaluate your work (i.e. 20 images, up to 6 minutes of video, etc). Include an inventory list describing each piece (title, medium, dimensions, date, etc).  If your work includes original apps or games, please document them sufficiently for the admissions committee to understand and see how they work. If you have participated in a team on a project in your portfolio, please clearly articulate your exact role within the project and list the names of other contributors and their role(s) for disambiguation.


The portfolio must be submitted by the annual application deadline.


Send To:

Rachel Lin Weaver 


Ray Callahan


Checklist for Your Application:


Graduate School at Virginia Tech

  • Application for graduate admissions
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Email addresses of three references
  • One set of official transcripts
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent


School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech: Electronic portfolio and inventory list


Applicants will be notified of their acceptance before the end of March for Fall admission.