- Where are you physically located?
IMAP is located on campus of New Jersey City University in the New York City Metro area, approximately 7 miles from downtown Manhattan. NJCU is connected to Manhattan via public transportation and a commute to the World Trade Center takes 40 minutes.
- Who should apply?
Students with undergraduate degrees in fine arts, filmmaking, animation, design and other creative fields are encouraged to apply. We will also consider applicants with other related specialized fields, for example computer science for new media artists or writing/literature for narrative media makers. We welcome international applicants with certified degrees, please email us at email@example.com to discuss language proficiency requirements.
- What is the cost of attending IMAP?
The cost of attending IMAP for a resident student is $659.70 per credit ($39,582 for 4 semesters, 12 credits each). You become a resident of NJ after one year of living in the state. NJCU grants resident rates to students residing in NY and PA.
The cost of attending IMAP for a non-resident (this includes international) student is $1,081.80 per credit ($64,908 for 4 semesters, 12 credits each). Most can claim resident rates second year of their graduate studies, which would decrease the cost. Please contact the office of graduate admissions for details.
- What kind of financial aid is available to students?
IMAP specific opportunities
IMAP offers MFA candidates an excellent competitive opportunity to teach. Students are encouraged to apply for undergraduate adjunct teaching after completing their first year of residency. Adjunct positions are paid standard NJCU rate.
2-3 undergraduate courses per academic year will be instructed by second year IMAP MFA candidates.
Some teaching assistantships may also be available, TBA at the beginning of each semester.
General NJCU graduate opportunities
All NJCU graduate students may be eligible for scholarships and loans. In addition, each year, NJCU offers highly-qualified students a limited number of graduate assistantships covering tuition and fees for full-time graduate study.
NJCU Stimulus Scholarship
The Stimulus Scholarship provides up to $400 in graduate aid for new graduate students who are admitted for a degree or certification program. Qualified students can receive a $200 discount or credit for their first graduate class and another $200 discount or credit for their second class. The graduate scholarships may only be used during the student’s first term. Students whose tuition is paid through tuition waivers or grants are not eligible for this scholarship. Once registered online through GothicNet for their first classes, eligible students may apply online for this Scholarship.
Alumni Scholarship Program
Created for NJCU undergraduate degree program alumni, the Alumni Scholarship provides a $100 graduate tuition discount for each of the student’s first two classes. Students whose tuition is paid through waiver or grants are not eligible for this Scholarship. Once registered online through GothicNet for their first classes, eligible students may request the Alumni Scholarship by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, that includes their GothicNet ID. Alumni may not receive both the Alumni Scholarship and the Stimulus Scholarship awards.
A veteran whose entitlements have not expired may qualify for graduate educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Any veteran who believes that he or she is eligible may contact the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs at New Jersey City University or the local VA office for instructions and application forms. Benefits may be awarded to both part-time and full-time students. For additional information call Elaine Gargiulo, Coordinator of Veterans Benefits, at (201) 200-2157. Veteran students can find more information at the NJCU Veterans Benefits website.
EOF Graduate Benefits
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Graduate Program provides graduate aid to full-time graduate students who meet eligibility requirements, providing students with grants totaling up to $2,300 per year. Those interested in applying to the EOF Graduate Program should contact the EOF Director at 201.200.3355. Before applying, students must be full-time matriculated students or have an intention to matriculate. In addition, they must submit either a Graduate and Professional Financial Aid Service Form (GAPSFAS) or a Financial Aid Form (FAF) and appropriate documentation to the Financial Aid Office. Qualified students must be registered
- What can I do with an IMAP degree?
An MFA time is a unique opportunity to focus on a creation of a substantial body of work. It is the time to create a professional support network, which will nourish an artist for the duration of their career. It is also the opportunity to learn new technical skills and expand intellectually. Academically, an MFA is a terminal, professional degree. This means that IMAP alumni have the basic credentials to apply for undergraduate and graduate teaching positions all over the world.
- Does IMAP accept part time students?
Yes! We are now open to part time applicants. Evening track possible.
- What kind of facilities and equipment do you have?
IMAP and The Media Arts Department of New Jersey City University in Fries Hall house a full color, broadcast-quality television studio; digital media labs, radio and audio production facilities, and 16mm film production facilities. The facilities have a studio/classroom for multi-media production, and two large projection/seminar rooms for weekly screenings. Completing the Department are AVID and Final Cut Pro video editing suites linked by a fiber-channel server, two MAC labs for digital media production, Pro-Tools sound editing, and 16mm Steenbeck editing suites. We recently acquired a SONY F5 digital cinema camera and upgraded the TV Production Studio. IMAP students enjoy full access graduate lounge, with private work areas and screening/discussion space.
The George Karnoutsos Arts and Sciences Hall designed by renowned architect Michael Graves adjacent to Fries Hall features the new 2000 square foot audio studios of the Media Arts Department. This state-of-the art audio facility houses a live recording studio, radio control rooms, and a multi-track post-production suite. The facility was custom designed by John Storyk and Associates, five time winner of Mixmagazine’s Technical Excellence + Creativity (TEC) Award in Acoustic Studio/ Facility Design. Storyk and Associates has overseen the studio designs at institutions such as NPR and Thirteen/WNET as well as the home recording studios for Stevie Wonder, Rick Rubin, and Whitney Houston.