Registration deadline:
Sunday, November 10, 2013

See details below for further information about registering to participate in an MFA thesis presentation.

Eligibility FAQ

  1. Who is eligible to participate in the graduate thesis presentations?

    MFA in Studio and MFA in Writing students graduating Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, or have 6 or fewer credits to complete in Summer 2014.

  2. What are the presentation requirements for my degree?

    MFA in Studio students completing MFA in Studio programs are required to present a final project in the FVNMAS Festival, IMPACT Performance Festival, or MFA Show to complete their thesis requirement. As an alternative, a presentation in a public venue outside of SAIC may also fulfill the thesis requirement with prior approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies.

    MFA in Writing students completing the MFA in Writing degree are NOT required to present a final project in the FVNMAS Festival, IMPACT Performance Festival, or MFA Show to complete their thesis requirement. MFA in Writing students who would like to present their work in one of these events must have completed at least six studio credits by the end of spring semester 2013. All graduating MFA in Writing students are eligible to participate in the MFAW Readings.

    MFA in Studio and MFA in Writing students may participate in either the FVNMAS Festival or IMPACT Performance Festival or MFA Show. Students are not permitted to participate in more than one of these three thesis presentation options.

  3. How will my eligibility be confirmed?

    Eligibility to participate will be subject to a credit check after the add/drop period has ended. We highly recommend that you check your credit status with the registrar in advance, before the add/drop period to confirm that your transcript is accurate, and that your credits are in order.

Art School Considerations

Art School Considerations Checklist [PDF]
Important information on health, safety, and legal details to consider when creating works for the SAIC community.


2014 Spring MFA Thesis Presentation Options



Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound (FVNMAS) Festival

May 7–9, 2014
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street

FVNMAS Festival is a three-day event featuring the work of graduating MFA and BFA students, coordinated by faculty from the departments of FVNMA and Sound and with the support of the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.

Required planning meeting
February 25, 12:15 p.m., Gene Siskel Film Center, Theater 1

FVNMAS 2014 Deadlines for Content [PDF]
FVNMAS 2014 Format Requirements [PDF]

Technical resources at SAIC
If you need technical assistance, or have questions about formatting, check out the FVNMA Tech Blog

Technical check appointments
April 15–18
Gene Siskel Film Center, Theater 1

Students are REQUIRED to attend a technical check appointment at the Gene Siskel Film Center prior to the festival. Technical check appointments will be held in Theater 1 with FVNMAS administrators and Gene Siskel Film Center technical staff. A sign-up sheet for technical check appointments will be circulated at the meeting on February 25. Appointment times/dates will be announced after the meeting.

Screening times and ticketing will be determined by mid-April.

Questions? Contact Todd Cashbaugh: tcashbaugh@saic.edu


IMPACT Performance Festival

April 26–27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012

IMPACT Performance Festival is a two-day event coordinated by a team of SAIC Performance alumni with the support of faculty and the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.

Planning meetings
Planning meeting dates, times, and locations will be arranged in February, March, and April.

Planning document [PDF forthcoming]

Reserving media equipment
If you need video projectors, media players, monitors, computers, etc. for the festival:

If you have questions about media center equipment, please contact Bethany Childs: bchilds@saic.edu

Rehearsal dates and times
April 19, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
April 23 and 24 (starting at 4:15 p.m.)
April 26, final set-up with show at 7:00 p.m.
April 27, final set-up with show at 7:00 p.m.
All rehearsals will be held in the Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus, room 012

IMPACT Performance Festival participants may schedule extra rehearsal time through the Performance Department, if needed, and as the 012 performance space schedule allows.

Questions? Contact Trevor Martin: tmartin@saic.edu


MFA Show

April 26–May 14, 2014
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Preview reception: Friday, April 25, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Public reception: Friday, April 25, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

The MFA Show is a three-week exhibition coordinated by curatorial teams in collaboration with the participating artists, and with the support of the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.

MFA Show Curatorial Teams 2014 [PDF]
MFA Show: Important dates and overall timeline 2014 [PDF]
MFA Show FAQ [PDF]

Cortney Lederer, 2014 MFA Show Guest Curator Presentation
Sarah Urist Green, 2014 MFA Show Guest Curator Presentation

Reserving media equipment
If you need video projectors, media players, monitors, computers, etc. for the exhibition:

If you have questions about media center equipment, please contact Bethany Childs: bchilds@saic.edu

Required installation informational meeting
Friday, April 11, 4:30 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Exhibition loan agreements will be due at this meeting. Loan agreements will be e-mailed in advance to participants as an attachment.

Installation/Deinstallation dates

April 12–15: "Dirty" installation
Please note that any artwork installed during this time could be damaged by dust, paint splatter, or construction debris.

April 16–20: "Clean" installation
During this time artwork can be installed, therefore no construction, painting, or sanding will be permitted in order to protect the works in the space.

May 15–17: Deinstallation
All participants are asked to remove artwork from Sullivan Galleries by 9:00 p.m. on May 17. Deinstallation before May 15 is not permitted.

Questions? Contact Kate Zeller: kzelle@saic.edu


MFAW Readings

MFAW Reading Event
May 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Reading Events are coordinated by the Department of Writing.

Questions? Contact Amber Da: ada@saic.edu