MS in Computer Science/MFA in New Media Arts

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the program requirements as listed below.

  • To apply directly to the joint program, students must apply to each of the individual degree programs separately, noting that they are applying to the joint program. To be admitted to the joint program, a student must meet the admission requirements for both individual degree programs.
  • To transfer into the joint program from the MS in Computer Science, students who enter the two-year MS program and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admission requirements of the MFA program. Similarly to transfer into the joint program from the MFA, students who enter the two-year MFA program and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the requirements of the MS program. In both cases, the student will be required to petition their home department graduate committee and commit to completing the requirements of both programs within three years.
  • Registration Advising Students in the program will be advised on general logistics and requirements of the MS and MFA programs by both the graduate academic advisor in the Department of Computer Science and the director of graduate studies in the School of Art & Art History. Additionally, faculty advisors (appointed from both Computer Science and Art) will jointly advise students on understanding course sequence requirements and on elective options.
  • Students who leave after completing the necessary hours and project requirements for only one of the degrees, either the MS or MFA, may receive that degree provided that they are in good academic standing and successfully petition the Graduate Committees of both departments.
  • Deadlines The application deadline for this program is earlier than the Graduate College deadline; for information on current deadlines, please see: http://arch.uic.edu/graduate-admissions.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 88.
  • Course Work
Required Courses—MS in Computer Science (20 hours)
Project Research (4 hours)
Select four of the following 500-level computer science courses:
Human-Computer Interaction
Multi-Media Systems
Visualization and Visual Analytics II
Advanced Graphics Processor Programming
Computer Graphics II
Computer Animation
Virtual Reality
Required Courses—MFA in New Media Arts (48 hours)
Advanced New Media Arts (16 hours) a
Seminar in Contemporary Theory (16 hours)
Advanced Graduate Critique (16 hours)
Electives—MS in Computer Science (8-12 hours)
Select at least two of the following, excluding courses taken to fulfill hours of requirement course work:
User Interface Design and Programming
Visualization and Visual Analytics
Computer Graphics I
Video Game Design and Development
Human-Computer Interaction
Multi-Media Systems
Visualization and Visual Analytics II
Advanced Graphics Processor Programming
Computer Graphics II
Computer Animation
Virtual Reality
Elective Courses—MFA in New Media Arts (8-12 hours)
Select at least two of the following:
Informational Aesthetics I
Informational Aesthetics II
3D Space I: Modeling
3D Space II: Animation
Embedded Media: Physical Computing
Interactive 3D
Independent Study in Art
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art b
a

Students will have the option of substituting an additional 4 hours of CS 597 toward the MFA in lieu of 4 hours of ART 509.

b

AH 460 is suggested for students who have not previously studied contemporary art history.