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MFA Interdisciplinary

As a student in the Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts program, you will have the opportunity to create and learn in a uniquely supportive artistic atmosphere, one that is informed by creative strategies, focused critiques and a solid grounding in media theory and history. Our three-year MFA program will allow you to develop your own unique body of creative work in partnership with our acclaimed faculty who practice in documentary and narrative forms, transmedia, radio and sound art, animation, interactivity, performance and installation. Your progress towards a terminal degree also provides opportunities to study with scholars of film criticism and history, media theory, social justice, race and the political economy of media.

The MFA is a degree for students who wish to develop a lifelong, unique media arts practice.  A strong interest in comtemporary media art is necessary for all applicants.  If you are seeking a degree focusing on production of media for professional careers, please visit our MS page.

Opportunities for MFA students:

  • Exhibit in the annual MFA exhibition at the SIU Museum
  • Programming and curating opportunities with The Big Muddy International
  • Film Festival
  • Annual Graduate Symposium
  • Student run gallery
  • Museum/ artistic venue visits to St. Louis, Nashville and Chicago
  • Develop programming in partnership with the Global Media Research Center
  • Hands on/ content driven workshops in The New Media Center


Short list of facilities:

  • Studio suite with workspaces, darkroom, critique room and workshop
  • Sound stage with advanced Pro Tools mixing studios
  • Anechoic chamber and surround sound studio
  • Large-multiple bay photo studio
  • New Media Center Lab featuring industry standard software, including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, and Maya

Recent MFA Graduates:

             Allie Lee
             http://allielee.com/
             Josh Gumiela
             http://joshgumiela.com/
             Derek Dadian-Smith
             http://derek.dadian-smith.net/
             Deron Williams
             http://dnwilliams.com/

Curriculum

The minimum 60 credit degree requires a common core, electives and 6 credit Final Creative Thesis.

Core:

  • MCMA 557-3 MFA Studio Arts Practice-6 (3, 3)
  • MCMA 558-3 MFA Studio Critique-15 (3, 3, 3)
  • MCMA 550-3 History of Media Arts and Culture-3
  • MCMA 551-3 Theory of Media Arts-3
  • MCMA 531-3 Critical Research Methods in Media Arts-3
  • MCMA 552-3 Seminar: Topics in the History and Theory of Media Arts-3
  • MCMA 599-3 MFA Thesis (3, 3)

Electives: (27 Credits)

  • Select 27 credits from either inside or outside of the college. No more than 9 credits can be taken at the 400-level.

Our admissions process opens on October 16, 2017, and we will accept applications through January 15, 2018.  We only accept applications for this degree for fall admission.

Application Materials Required:

  1. Online Application (most documents below can be uploaded through the application site)
  2. 3 Letters of Reference
  3. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  4. Three Statements: Personal, Biographical, Research and Creative interests.   Applicants must answer the following questions in the Research/Creative Arts Statement: Are you a media arts practitioner and if so, what forms of media have you been working in? What aspects of the media arts would you explore if you were admitted to the Interdisciplinary MFA Program in MCMA? What compels you to create artistic works that utilize forms of media? Please elaborate on any personal connections you may have regarding themes or ideas that you feel are central (or emergent) to your work(s).  Please describe any artists (regardless genre or medium) whose work you admire or has influenced you. How is your work situated into contemporary media arts practice? Please include any relevant theoretical, historical or aesthetic practices you feel might apply.
  5. Portfolio of works in at least one media. DVD or URL preferred. A .doc or pdf file with URL for web portfolios can be uploaded. Otherwise discs can be sent via post.
  6. Transcripts (3.0 minimum gpa-originals must be sent via post)
  7. International applicants should have excellent English speaking and writing skills. Those who have not taken significant advanced study in programs taught in English will have to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum scores: TOEFL: IBT - 100, Computer - 250, Paper - 600. IELTS: 7.0

Steps to Apply

  1. Fill out the online application for the MFA degree program listed as Mass Communication and Media Arts and upload most required documents
  2. Any other application materials including transcripts and media portfolios on disc should be sent via post.

The MFA is a degree for students who wish to develop a lifelong, unique media arts practice.  A strong interest in contemporary media art is necessary for all applicants.  If you are seeking a degree focusing on production of media for professional careers, please visit our MS page.