Graduate Thesis Show Information



2023 SAIC Graduate Thesis Show Information

Eligible students must register to participate.
Registration deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2022 (by midnight)
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Watch the recording of the 2023 Graduate Thesis Information Session here.

2023 Spring Thesis Show Options:

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

The FVNMAS Festival is a multi-day event featuring the work of Graduate and Undergraduate students, who are completing their degrees.  This festival is coordinated by faculty from the departments of FVNMA and Sound with the support of the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.  An in-person FVNMAS Festival is currently planned to take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center May 10 – 13, 2023. 

Please note: if we are not able to host an in-person screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will be streamed through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s online virtual platform.

Questions? Contact Trevor Martin: or Emily Eddy:

IMPACT Performance Festival

Dates:  March 4-5, 2023 (To Be Confirmed)

The IMPACT Performance Festival is a thesis event designed to support graduating students creating live-art and performance.  The festival is collaboratively produced by the Performance Department and the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.

Depending on COVID-19 safety protocols, the spring 2023 IMPACT Performance Festival will take place at SAIC Galleries or be streamed online with opportunities for students to perform on-site at SAIC, remotely, or to submit pre-recorded videos of performance.  COVID-19 safety measures must be followed for all performances.

Questions? Contact Trevor Martin: 

Graduate Exhibitions

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington

SAIC will host two separate Graduate Exhibitions during the spring 2023 semester.  The first exhibition, presented in March, will be limited in terms of participants to allow greater flexibility for space allocations with more square footage for each participating artist. Participation in Graduate Exhibition One will be first come, first served. The second exhibition will be presented in May with more time for planning but a greater density and number of participants in the galleries.

Graduate Show One (March):
March 1 – 8, 2023

Graduate Show Two (May):
May 12 – 21, 2023 

The Graduate Exhibitions feature work by MFA, MFAW, MArch, MArch/IA and MDes students who are completing their degrees and meet eligibility requirements. These exhibitions are coordinated by the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies staff and graduate student workers. Once registered for a thesis exhibition, participants will be informed of the production details and timeline and asked to submit project proposals in order to communicate their installation plans.

Questions? Contact:

MFA, MFA in Writing, MArch, and MDes students graduating in Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023, or have 6 or fewer credits to complete in Summer 2023 are eligible to participate in the Spring 2023 thesis shows and festivals.

Students are only eligible to participate in one culminating thesis exhibition/event over the course of their degree at SAIC and in their final year of study.

The thesis show options include:

  • Spring 2023 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, Sound (FVNMAS) Festival
  • Spring 2023 IMPACT Performance Festival
  • 2023 Graduate Exhibition One in March (limited participants)
  • 2023 Graduate Exhibition Two in May

MFA in Studio and MDes in Fashion, Body, and Garment students completing their degrees are required to present a final project in either the FVNMAS Festival, IMPACT Performance Festival, or Graduate Exhibition to fulfill their thesis requirement. As an alternative, a presentation in a public venue outside of SAIC may also fulfill this thesis requirement with prior approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies.  Students are not permitted to participate in more than one of these presentation options.

MArch, MArch/IA, and MDes Designed Objects students completing their degrees are required to present a final project in the Graduate Exhibition in order to complete their thesis requirement.

MFA in Writing students are NOT required to present a final project in the FVNMAS Festival, IMPACT Performance Festival, or Graduate Exhibitions to complete their thesis requirement -- these presentations are optional for MFAW students. However, any MFAW student wishing to participate in the Graduate Exhibition or Time Arts event is 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.

Eligibility to participate will be subject to a credit check through the SAIC Registrar’s Office. We highly recommend that you check your credit status with the Registrar to confirm that your transcript is accurate and that your credits are in order.

Art School Considerations Checklist 

Please review important information on health, safety, and legal details and guidelines to consider when creating works for public presentation at SAIC.