Master of Fine Arts in Game Design
The Master of Fine Arts in Game Design will launch as a cohort based program in Fall 2017. The MFA in Game Design is designed for those interested in developing games that have a considerable social and cultural impact. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.
MFA Application Process
Applications will be available beginning September 1.
Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by December 15 for the priority application deadline. Priority applicants will be notified of their admission status no later than February 1. March 1 will be the late application deadline. Late applicants will be admitted on a space available basis.
Start Date: All students admitted into the MFA program must begin their studies in the following fall quarter. (Students may not begin the program in the winter, spring, or summer quarters.)
The steps in applying for the MFA are as follows:
- Complete an
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below.
DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.
Request a free electronic transcript.
Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the
Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
- Submit a statement of creative purpose that includes your artistic goals and your reasons for applying to the MFA. Be specific, vivid and focused. The creative statement cannot be longer than 2 pages.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your abilities, commitment, work ethic and creative potential.
- Submit a resume indicating your professional experience.
- Submit a digital portfolio of three to six items that may include examples in a variety of media as well as writing samples.
Personal statement and portfolio must be submitted within the online application.
Letters of recommendation should be sent to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
All submitted applications materials (including portfolio) will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.
Examples of Portfolio Items
(Please include a short statement of intent for each item)
- Series of digital prototypes or games demonstrating the applicant’s breadth and depth of work in the field. Include download links, installation and gameplay instructions.
- Board game or physical game. Include detailed documentation including video and photographs of gameplay as well as rules.
- Game design document.
- Performance or event. Include documentation of project including video, photographs, and script.
- Writing samples such as a scholarly article, essay, or creative writing. If applicant is primarily submitting written portfolio items, include a critical analysis of any game and an original game design document, each between 500-750 words.
- Creative practice in a professional field (animation, video, film, applications, graphic design, etc).