Registration deadline:
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (midnight)

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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 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, or have 6 or fewer credits to complete in Summer 2018.

  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 Studio 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.

    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. MFAW students planning to participate in the MFA Show or Time Arts events are required to complete at least 6 studio credits by the end of the third semester AND to advise with a studio faculty member in their final semester.

  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.


2018 Spring MFA Thesis Presentation Options


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

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Dates to be confirmed: May 7, 9, 10, and 11

FVNMAS Festival is a four-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.

Questions? Contact Trevor Martin: tmartin@saic.edu


IMPACT Performance Festival

Performance Space and Columbus Drive building, 280 S. Columbus Drive
Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29

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.

Rehearsals will take place in March and April, dates and times TBA. 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?

Questions? Contact Trevor Martin: tmartin@saic.edu


MFA Show

Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
April 28 – May 16

The MFA Show is a two and a half-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 2018 Important dates

MFA Show 2018 FAQs

MFA Show Curatorial Teams 2018

 

MFA Show 2018 Guest Curator Lecture Series

All talks held in the Sullivan Galleries conference room, 33 S. State, 7th floor

Monday, September 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Anthony Elms, Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Monday, October 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Kate Nesin, Independent Curator (Previously: Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago) WATCH NOW

Monday, October 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Jenny Gheith (MA 2005), Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art WATCH NOW

Reserving Media Center equipment for the show

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

Questions? Contact Kate Zeller, kzelle@saic.edu