Graduate Application Process

Graduate Application Process


Application deadline for Fall 2024 admission: January 11, 2024.
(Note, applicants are not accepted for Spring admission) 

Completed applications and portfolio submissions must be received by January 11, 2024 to be considered for funding for a Fall 2024 start.

Graduate Assistantships

Fully-funded graduate assistantships that provide tuition remission, a generous stipend, and excellent health insurance are available. Learn about those positions on our M.F.A page

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Applicants to the DMD graduate program are not required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) or the GMAT (Graduate Miller Analogies Test).

UConn Graduate School Application

Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must complete the online application to the Graduate School, which includes:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of purpose (personal letter of application) detailing why you want to attend this particular program, which faculty you would want to work with, and how you see the program furthering your creative and/or career goals
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate level studies mailed to UConn from the providing institution

International Students

For international students: Evidence of English language proficiency using results from one of the standardized tests accepted by the Graduate School. Further English proficiency is required to TA or teach as an Instructor of Record at the University.

M.F.A. Portfolio

Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must submit a portfolio through SlideRoom showcasing the applicant’s readiness to engage in advanced creative activity and research within one of the DMD  specializations: (3D Animation, Digital Culture, Digital Film/Video Production, Digital Media Business Strategies, Game Design, Motion Design & Animation, or Web/Interactive Media Design)  or in an interdisciplinary capacity across the DMD specializations.
The M.F.A. portfolio must include:
  • A creative research / artist statement (about 500 words)
  • 10-15 examples of work in the form of videos, still images, audio files, or website links
    • For each, please add these captions:
      • Title of Work: (required)
      • Medium: (required)
      • Description (list your role if collaborative): (required)
      •  Your portfolio can include process work with more than one image on an individual item.

        Size limits: Images (up to 10MB each), Video (up to 500MB each), Audio (up to 60MB each), PDFs (up to 20MB each), Models (Sketchfab) and Other Types (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .xls, .zip, .ppt and .pptx) (up to 20MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

    Meet With Us

    Finalists for the M.F.A. program are required to have a virtual interview with a member of the DMD Graduate Studies committee. The department will contact applicants to schedule an interview once the portfolio review process is complete. 

    Want to know who you’ll be working with?