Moving Image

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
School of Art and Design (MC 036)
929 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7038

Campus Location: 106 JH
Program Code: 20FS4095MFA
Telephone: (312) 996-3337
Web Site:
Director, School of Art and Design: Marcia Lausen
Director of Graduate Studies: Jennifer Reeder

The School of Art and Design offers work leading to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Moving Image. The school also offers programs leading to the MFA degree in Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photography, and Studio Arts. Consult the appropriate sections in this catalog for more information on these programs. The School of Art and Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Fine Arts

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions; however, individuals who apply must demonstrate an advanced level of competence in film/video through their portfolio submission.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required None.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 580 (paper-based); 237 (computer-based); 92, with subscores of  Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required. This statement of purpose should outline applicant’s current or previous work as relevant to plans and objectives for advanced study; describe professional goals and how these goals were developed; and state why applicant would like to study in the chosen area in the school.
  • Other Requirements Applicants must submit a portfolio of visual work demonstrating proficiency in the area of moving image. Portfolios are submitted online at: . No portfolios are to be submitted with application materials
  • Deadlines The application deadline for this program is February 1; contact the School of Art and Design for more information.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Fine Arts

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 64.
  • Course Work Required Courses: 16 hours of AD 502, 16 hours of AD 570, and 20 hours of AD 571.
  • Electives: At least 12 semester hours of graduate-level electives are required. The completion of at least two courses in art history is strongly recommended.
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Project required. No other options are available.
  • Project: All MFA candidates must present for review a public exhibition or showing. Documentation in the form of a major paper and DVD of the project must be presented to the school for archival purposes.
  • Other Requirements Continuation in the MFA program beyond the second semester  requires an evaluation and recommendation of the Graduate Advisory Committee in the student’s area.