School of Art & Art History Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Admissions

The school of Art and Art History at UIC offers three graduate programs and a variety of graduate degrees. Students can earn an MFA in Art, an MA or PhD in Art History, or an MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies. Each program admits new students only in the fall semester. Scroll down to find information and specific admissions requirements for each program.

Art

The UIC School of Art & Art History offers Master of Fine Art (MFA) programs in Moving Image, New Media Arts, Photography, and Studio Arts. 

The department offers facilities tours led by the Director of Graduate Studies. All tours meet in 106 Jefferson Hall (929 West Harrison St.). Tours scheduled for the Fall 2016 term and Spring 2017 term run from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the following dates. Please be sure to register!

Fall 2017 tour dates

October 24, MFA tour 3:00pm followed by Voices Lecture Series 
 
November 14, MFA tour 3:00pm followed by Voices Lecture Series
 
All tours meet at 929 W Harrison St, Room 106, Office of Art & Art History
RSVP required for tours. RSVP to saah@uic.edu
 
If the tour dates for the MFA program does not work for you then please contact our Director of Graduate Studies directly to see if scheduling an alternate tour date is possible:

Prospective MFA applicants are also invited to attend the MFA end of semester critiques. The MFA end of semester critiques will be held from December 6th - 9th, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day. Please contact saah@uic.edu to visit us for the end of semester crits.

Application Deadlines 

The next term for which you may apply to enroll is Fall 2018. 

  • Spetember 15, 2017- Application goes live.
  • December 15, 2017 - Priority deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Graduate College
  • February 1, 2018 - Regular application deadline
  • The final application deadline for all programs is February 1, 2018

Click here for information on how to apply!

Contact Information

UIC Department of Art (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-3337 |  uicartandarthistory@gmail.com

Director of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor Matthew Metzger
matmetz@uic.edu

Graduate Coordinator
Associate Director, Jen Delos Reyes

jdlr@uic.edu

Art History

MA​

Applicants to the Department of Art History's MA program are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: No restrictions.

Grade Point Average: At least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.

Tests Required: GRE general.

Minimum English Competency Test Score:  TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 280 (computer based); 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores

Letters of Recommendation: Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s training, ability, and experience.

Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose (2–3 pages) that should address the reasons for pursuing the MA in Art History at UIC and the relationship of this work to their professional and career objectives.

Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a sample of their written work (approximately 15 pages).

PhD

Applicants to the Department of Art History's PhD program are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: No restrictions.

Grade Point Average: At least 3.00/4.00 in an appropriate MA from another institution; if applying with a BA, the applicant must have a 3.20 overall and a 3.50 in the major, or approval by the Graduate Program Committee.

Tests Required: GRE General

Minimum English Competency Test Score: TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 95, with subscores of  Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

Letters of Recommendation: Three required, preferably from professors and others who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for serious academic work.

Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose (2–3 pages) that should address the reasons for wishing to do doctoral work at UIC and the relationship of this work to their professional and career objectives.

Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a sample of their written work (approximately 25 pages).

How to Apply:

All applicants for Fall 2018 are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements.

Application Deadlines:
January 6, 2018: For consideration for funding
February 15, 2018: All other applications

 
Contact Information 
UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Catherine Becker
(312) 996-5975 |  cathbeck@uic.edu

 

MUSE (Museum and Exhibition Studies)

Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago puts social justice at the heart of our work and scholarship. If you are interested in learning more about how our students are redefining cultural work for the 21st Century, please join us at an info session this fall.

Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC
Info Session for Prospective Students
Monday, October 23 
6:00pm-7:00pm 
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 
800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field: No Restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average: At least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required: The GRE is optional for application to the Museum and Exhibition Studies program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s education, skills and/or experience.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose.
  • Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a written response to a specific prompt found on the MUSE application. Writing should be clear, free of typographical errors, and demonstrate the applicant's interests in the field of Museum and Exhibition Studies.
  • Interview: We will contact people with completed applications to schedule an interview.

How To Apply

All applicants for Fall 2018 are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements. Applications for Fall 2018 will be available beginning at the end of the summer.

You will need to submit documents to both the UIC Graduate College and the Department of Museum and Exhibition Studies to complete your application to MUSE.

  • Submit documents to the UIC Graduate College here
  • Submit documents to the Department of Museum and Exhibition Studies here  

Minimum English Competency Test Score

  • TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 280 (computer based); 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR
  • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR
  • Other evidence of competency with prior approval of the Program Director.  

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 has passed. The next term for which you may apply to enroll is Fall 2018. 

  • Fall Admission: December 15 for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Graduate College
  • February 1 for all other applicants

Click here for information on how to apply!

Contact Information

UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607

Anthony Stepter, Assistant Director
(312) 996-0237 |  astepter@uic.edu

Director
Professor Therese Quinn
(312) 413-2463 |  museinfo@uic.edu