36 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The 3-year MFA in Media Arts at Southern Illinois University uniquely integrates contemporary artistic practice with studies in media production, history and theory. 


Key Features

In the Media Arts program at Southern Illinois University you will learn from a faculty that shares your passion for creativity and cares about your goals. Your artistic and intellectual development is emphasized while producing work in photography, film, video, sound and new media. 

Students in this terminal degree program spend a first year exploring interdisciplinary approaches to making media as an artistic practice while becoming familiar with the contemporary media art landscape.

First year is for experimentation and risk-taking in storytelling and aesthetic expression, as part of building a critical understanding of art and media in a social context. Classes with faculty in film criticism and history, media theory, social justice, race, and the political economy of media offer a solid academic grounding.

Second year students hone in on a self identified area of focus. In this they are supported with studio spaces and individualized mentorship relationships with MFA faculty in documentary, experimental and narrative film/video, photography, sound art, video art, animation, interactivity, programming, performance and installation. Third year candidates concentrate on developing an ambitious body of unique creative work and a written thesis that situates their contribution to the field. 

Beyond studio and classroom, students exhibit and screen their works in a student gallery, the University Museum, and local contemporary art venues. Our program also offers special experiences like such as the chance to run an international film festival (The 40-year old Big Muddy Fest), and develop local programming. An annual graduate symposium and media workshops offer additional opportunities for expanding your professional skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cinema Production
  • Sensitometry
  • Lighting for Photography
  • Contemporary Photographic Criticism and Practice
  • Experimental Photographic Techniques
  • Documentary Photography
  • New Media Production
  • History of New Media

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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