For Current Undergraduate Students
Q: I need more money for school. What can I do?
A: The School of Art & Art History offers Talent Tuition, a $3,000 scholarship award offered every semester to undergraduate students in the program. Students have the opportunity to work in the studio labs (studio arts, photography, new media, moving image) as assistants or in the main office.To be eligible for this award, students must have already completed 2 semesters of coursework at UIC, have a minimum GPA of 2.75, and must be able to work 10-12 hours a week.
Q: I’m not an art major but I want to take an art course. Can I do that?
A: Of course! We offer many gen ed classes that are open to all students.
If you have any specific questions about a class you are interested in simply reach out to the Student Affairs office at (312) 996-3351 to speak with an advisor about the course you are interested in. Some courses have restrictions so speaking with one of our advisors is important.
Q: I am an undergraduate student trying to register for a class but it says I need course approval. Who do I reach out to for that?
A: All undergraduates seeking course approval must contact their academic advisor for course approval. If you do not know who your academic advisor is, contact the Student Affairs office at (312) 996-3351 and you will be directed to your academic advisor.
For Prospective MFA Students
Q: I’m a perspective student and would like to tour the art facilities prior to attending UIC. How can I plan a visit?
A: View all of our upcoming tour dates for the MFA program here.
Q: I am considering applying to your MFA program. What should I know about it?
A: Our MFA program is a small department with 20-30 students in total. Our small group allows our faculty member to get to know each student and their work. Each student works with a specific faculty advisor within the student’s area of focus. You will also participate in critiques with other students and faculty advisors in other areas, allowing you to receive different perspectives on your work. Most of your time is spent working in your studio and receiving feedback from peers and faculty during advisor meetings and group critiques. Each semester you are required to take a seminar course on contemporary art as well as three elective. Most students take art history courses, but you are allowed to take non-art classes from any department on campus. MFA students can also shadow professors and learn how to teach college courses. Our MFA program is ideal for students who already have a budding art practice, but want more in-depth feedback, more rigor, and want to learn how to speak and write about their work more articulately.
Q: What do I need to know about the application process for the MFA program?
A: You will use Slide Room to upload your application and media. In Slide Room, you are allowed to upload a total of 13 images. This includes multiples and videos. You have 13 slots for any and all media. Each video can only be a maximum of 3 minutes. Please do not include a separate PDF list of image titles and descriptions. Your titles and descriptions should accompany your images in the space provided. Also, you DO NOT upload your transcripts to Slide Room and you do not send them to us. Transcripts must go to the Office of Admissions. For any questions regarding your transcripts please reach out to the Office of Admissions at (312) 996-4350.
Q: What is the deadline to apply to the MFA program?
A: The deadline for those who wish to be considered for financial aid from the department is December 15th. The regular and FINAL application deadline is February 1st. Please note that we only admit graduate students in the fall.
Q: I am an international student who wishes to apply to your MFA program. How do I apply?
A: You should apply through the University of Illinois at Chicago. Instructions on how to apply can be found here. In addition to applying to the university, you will need to prepare application materials for our department which you can find here. For general information and help with the application process, you can reach out to the Office of International Student Affairs at (312) 996-3121 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.