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I do not have a design or programming background. Can I apply?

No previous programming or design experience is necessary for this program. People from diverse backgrounds are what strengthens our program. Of course, if you already know some programming or have design experience you are also invited to apply.

How long is the program?

The program consists of 45 credit hours and can be completed in two years if you are attending full time.

What type of projects will I be building?

Most classes are very hands-on, so make sure you can handle the extra time required outside of the classroom to work on your projects. You will work on a variety of projects of your own creation and in collaboration with private, non-profit and governmental organizations. The honest answer: Each semester is different and as technology advances, so will our projects.

What is the capstone class?

The capstone class is your final class at the program. You may choose to work alone or team up with your classmates to produce a project of significance. For a more detailed description of the capstone class please view our course description page.

Does graduating with an M.F.A. in Interactive Media qualify me to teach at the University level?

The M.F.A. is considered a terminal degree and makes you eligible to teach at the University level.

I am interested in teaching. How can I get teaching experience as a student?

There are a number of opportunities for qualified second year M.F.A. students to get some teaching experience at the University. Talk to your advisor early and let them know you want to teach.

Can I take classes in other departments?

Students in the Interactive Media M.F.A. can take up to 6 credits outside the department.

How do I submit my portfolio?

Instructions on how to submit a portfolio can be found here.

I don’t have a portfolio, can I use a GRE score instead?

We realize that applicants to our program come from different backgrounds and might not necessarily have a portfolio. Applicants who don’t have a portfolio may opt to apply by submitting a GRE score. This will in no way reduce your chances of getting accepted.

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for the M.F.A. in Interactive Media is:
Priority Deadline: February 1 (applicants requiring assistantships)
Final Deadline: May 15

Where can I find information about Financial Aid?

Information on financial aid is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. More information on the types of financial aid available can be found here. If you have questions you may call them at (305) 284-5212. A few assistantships are available at the program.

Is the GRE required to get accepted?

Students may opt to submit a portfolio or a GRE with their application.

Must I take the TOEFL?

All international students that do not possess a degree from a U.S. institution must take the TOEFL. However, if you possess a degree from an accredited U.S. institution, you do not need to take the TOEFL.

What is the minimum passing score on the TOEFL?

Internet based: 100
Computer based: 250
Paper based: 600

Can I take the IELTS in place of the TOEFL?

Yes. The minimum score is 6.5.

Is this a STEM program?

Yes, the IMFA is considered a STEM program.

Do I need a car to live in Miami?

Most people would answer in the affirmative, although there are several housing opportunities close to campus and along the Metrorail. Students also receive a significant discount on monthly Metrorail passes.

If you do have a car that you want to park on campus, you will need a pass to park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Also, hybrid and electric cars are eligible for half-price parking.

If you’re interested in getting a bike to travel to/from and around campus, there will be bikes to purchase at a large discount on campus at the beginning of the school year. If you park your bike on campus, you must register it with the UM police department, which will give you a free U bike lock.

Can graduate students live in the dorms?

At this time there is no graduate housing available at the University of Miami. However, the University will provide assistance finding housing close by.

What’s the startup community like in Miami?

Miami has a vibrant startup community. There are several off-and-on-campus events every month ( http://miamitechevents.com/ ). A good place to see what’s happening in the startup scene is on Quora and the Startup Digest.

What is there to do in my spare time?

Miami and South Florida have a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities and natural scenery including the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Key Biscayne, paddleboarding, kayaking, etc., which can all be enjoyed year-round. It is also a cultural hub for fine artists and performers. There are vibrant neighborhoods teeming with activities including the Art Deco District on South Beach, the Wynwood Art District, Downtown Miami, Brickell, and Midtown Miami to name a few.