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M.A. and M.F.A. in Studio and Design/Media Arts Application Instructions

The M.A. degree is a 30-semester hour program for graduate students wishing to pursue specialized study in one of the studio areas or in studio art. Our M.F.A. degree is a 60-semester hour program, intended to help you achieve professional mastery in studio arts or design. Both programs emphasize a dynamic mix of cross-disciplinary collaboration and problem-based inquiry.  

Deadlines – Fall Entry Only

February 1 – Graduate Admission with Assistantship

April 1 – Graduate Admission Only

Step 1: Apply via the Graduate School

Your application will include:
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of purpose/goals

    NOTE:  The GRE is not required for an M.A. or M.F.A. in Studio or Design.
Apply to the Graduate School

Step 2: Send the Following Materials to the School of Art and Design

  1. Graduate Assistantship Application

  2. School of Art and Design Graduate Assistantship Questionnaire

  3. Portfolio 

    1. Submit 15–20 works

      Images of work should be submitted with a resolution of 300 dpi, with the longest dimension no more than 10 inches (~2000 pixels). The JPEG and PNG formats are acceptable.  All images are to be labeled to correspond with the information sheet. PowerPoint presentations are not accepted.

      All submissions must be accompanied by an information sheet (PDF file) containing the name of the applicant and a list of images with title, medium, dimensions and date.

    2. Submit up to five time-based media works

      Acceptable file types include Quicktime MOV, MP4, AVI formats, personal URLs, Vimeo or YouTube

      All submissions must be accompanied by an information sheet (PDF file) containing the name of the applicant and a list of images with title, medium, dimensions, date and technical requirements if needed.

    3. Resume and artist statement

Electronic delivery of materials is preferred; alternatively, you can submit your materials physically via a USB or CD/DVD media. Applicants will receive an email with directions on uploading their work via the internet once their initial application is received.

Mail materials to:

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
School of Art and Design
Northern Illinois University
330 Gilbert Drive
DeKalb, IL  60115

Contact Us

School of Art and Design
Jack Arends Building, Room 215
815-753-1473
Fax: 815-753-7701
artanddesigninfo@niu.edu

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