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MFA Photography

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27652 USD
13416 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
School of Art+Design
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

Before the photograph there's the photographer. At the School of Art + Design, we offer a rigorous education designed with you-the serious photographer-in mind. In our studios and seminars, we explore historic traditions, wide-ranging techniques, recent innovations, and the role of the contemporary photographer. We provide you the training, the time, and the confidence to contribute to the photography of the 21st century.

The Master of Fine Arts in Photography is designed to prepare qualified individuals for distinctive achievements in photography. Students in the program must realize a balance of aesthetic sophistication, alongside critical and theoretical comprehension, and achieve advanced technical skills.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.

Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

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Course Modules

Candidates for the MFA degree have an oral final review that takes place in their last semester when their final projects are installed in the Krannert Art Museum. The work must be of the highest professional quality and represents the culmination of the student’s aesthetic investigation. It must demonstrate that they are qualified to make a distinctive and original contribution to the field of photographic art.

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How to Apply

The application deadline is January 9, 2017.

*The online application willl open on August 1, 2016*

Applications and any application material submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed for admission. All application materials will be reviewed by the School of Art + Design Graduate Admissions Committee. Reviews will be finalized by mid-March, 2017. Applicants will be notified by email shortly after.

Preparing the Graduate Application
Depending upon national/international status, there are 2 or 3 separate submissions that applicants must complete: 

  • The University of Illinois' online application: (1) Transcripts, (2) Letters of Recommendation, (3) Resume, and (4) Statement of Intent. The application fee is $70 for domestic applicants or $90 for international applicants. The fee is paid by credit card. Select in the online application the MFA program of your choice. If you are applying to New Media, select ‘Art and Design’ only.
  • SlideRoom: portfolio of 12-20 media files with additional details. Submission fee is $10.
  • For international students only: English Proficiency test results. Have the Educational Testing Service send these directly to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, using code 1836.
  • The GRE or GMAT exams are not required. 

Application material. Upload the following: 

  • Transcripts: Upload (unofficial) transcripts/academic records (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) to the online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation are required. All letters should be submitted online by the recommenders and the instructions for this process are included with the online application. In addition to evaluating the applicant's scholarly and creative achievements and potential, letters should also provide information regarding the applicant's maturity, dependability, and potential for teaching.
  • Resume: Your resume should include relevant work and teaching experience, awards, exhibition record, and publications. This information will assist in consideration for graduate fellowship awards and graduate appointment positions. Your resume should be uploaded to the Statements section in the online application and also on the SlideRoom portfolio site.
  • Statement of Intent:  This statement of 1000 words or less should describe your academic background and current creative work in relation to your interest in pursuing a graduate degree. Your statement should be uploaded in the Statements section in the online application and also on the SlideRoom portfolio site.
  • Portfolio: Your portfolio should showcase your strongest work and convey an understanding of your creative research practice. Portfolios must be submitted online through an additional application process in SlideRoom. Applicants must submit 12 to 20 media files (images and/or videos). As part of the media upload process, and tied to individual files, you must provide additional details (title, date, media, contextual information, etc.) through “Label Media” to frame the work samples. This will help reviewers understand and appreciate your work.

Prepare your files to fit the SlideRoom requirements. Images should be in JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) format and cannot exceed 5mb per file. Please do not submit your images or portfolio as a PDF. Be sure to keep images large enough, without needless compression, such that they can be properly viewed. Videos can come in multiple formats (.m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .mpeg, or .mpg) and cannot exceed 60mb per file. It is also possible to link to external YouTube or Vimeo video files. Website links can be included in the Statement of Intent.

Applicants are asked to provide some basic information in the SlideRoom interface, including the MFA program to which you are applying. This declaration should match your application on the university site. SlideRoom provides a confirmation screen at the successful completion of the portfolio submission process.

Physical portfolios and/or discs are not accepted and will not be reviewed.
For international students:  Applicants must meet both the University of Illinois and the School of Art + Design TOEFL/IELTS requirements. For details and information about University requirements see http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04The School of Art + Design's English Proficiency Standards are higher than the general campus requirements: for Limited Status Admission we require a minimum total TOEFL score of 96 iBT, or a 6.5 IELTS score of 6 or higher in all sub-sections, and for the speak section at least a 7.
Test scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry. If you plan to begin your studies at the University of Illinois on August 28, 2017, your test scores cannot be dated from before August 28, 2015.
Please arrange to take the test at least two months before our January 9, 2017 application deadline, so the results can be submitted on time.
Students admitted on limited status will be required to take an English Placement Test (EPT) http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/placement/ shortly after arrival on campus. Depending on the results of this test, Limited Status students may be asked to take additional English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Please be aware that ESL courses do not count toward agree requirements. 

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