Integrated Media Arts
|Degree Offered:||MFA (48 credits)
|Fall Application Deadline:||March 1
|Spring Application Deadline:||Not Applicable
|Graduate Advisor:||Gayathri Iyer
Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their application no later than February 1 to be considered for Fall admission.
You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
- Three letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references.
- A statement of purpose (500 words maximum) describing your objectives as a socially engaged media maker. You should also explain your reason for pursuing graduate study, and in particular, why Hunter’s IMA-MFA Program is relevant to your creative goals. The personal statement is your opportunity to give us a sense of who you are, what you’ve done, and what you hope to do. Tell us what you hope to accomplish in the IMA-MFA Program. You might even use your personal statement to share with us how you imagine combining new forms and technologies that you have yet to master. Make your personal statement “personal,” not generic. We have to read a lot of these, so make sure it specifically refleYou should also explain your reason for pursuing graduate study, and in particular, why Hunter’s IMA-MFA Program is relevant to your creative goals. The personal statement is your opportunity to give us a sense of who you are, what you’ve done, and what you hope to do. Tell us what you hope to accomplish in the IMA-MFA Program. You might even use your personal statement to share with us how you imagine combining new forms and technologies that you have yet to master. Make your personal statement “personal,” not generic. We have to read a lot of these, so make sure it specifically reflects your personality and perspective and how these fuel your interest in media making.
- Project Summary (500 words maximum) - Describe a new, non-fiction media project you could envision making in the IMA-MFA Program (an existing project can be discussed in your Personal Statement). How would you explore the subject matter or issue? What creative tools would you use to tell the story? How might you present the work, as a film, a website, an audio piece, an installation, or in another form? How does your past work inform your approach to this imagined project? In what ways would the piece reflect your personal approach or connection to the material? This is an opportunity to share your ideas and creative vision with us.
- Portfolio (including Cover Sheet)
Your portfolio submission contains examples of your creative work on which you had creative control or a significant creative role. Your portfolio can include multiple projects, in their entirety or in segments. Creative work can include films, sound recordings, web pages, game designs, interactive installations, reportage, photographs, etc.
The running time of the portfolio should be no longer than 15 minutes. In the case of creative work that is not time based, estimate how long it will take us to review your portfolio, keeping in mind that we want to give each of your creative samples the attention they deserve.
The preferred format for submission of the portfolio is via the web. pasting URL to your portfolio or to all specific pieces in your portfolio with passwords included. Make sure the link continues to work and that your portfolio remains accessible throughout the application review period (through April). If we cannot access portfolio on line, and we don’t receive a hard copy, your application will be considered incomplete.
Applicants who have had only minimal media production experience should submit an example of their best creative work, in any visual medium.
Applicants with no media production experience should create a visual documentation of a subject using video, photographs, graphics, animation or mixed media. If you created portfolio work specifically for your application, you should clearly indicate this. You can also submit an analytical writing sample, particularly if it is a published work.
- Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following minimum scores must be obtained:
- Paper Based Test: 550
- Computer Administered Test: 213
- Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component)
- Test of Written English (TWE) component of the TOEFL examination.
For additional program information, visit the IMA MFA website.