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Register for Open House ButtonFilmmakers and photographers bring ideas to life. Governors State’s Master of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging (IFDI) facilitates the development of your internal voice as a digital artist or filmmaker, helping you grow creatively, experiment with techniques, and reach your academic and artistic goals. The IFDI MFA program is dedicated to creating internationally-recognized films and photography that draw on evolving technology to celebrate diverse visions and voices, especially those currently underrepresented in media and film. 

In this program, you will obtain specialized knowledge, creative development, and advanced technological skills in image-making and media production. You’ll receive guidance from faculty members who are experts in their fields, working professionals who will help you develop your voice and strengthen your craft. Hogtown, our most recent faculty-student film production, won Best Picture awards at three international film festivals, garnered strong reviews, and was named among the Top Ten Films of 2016 by a critic for The New York Times.   

Reach your career goals. 

With an MFA in Independent Film and Digital Imaging—a terminal degree—you can pursue careers in a variety of settings, such as photography, filmmaking, graphic design, corporate communications, and teaching at the college level. 

Why get a Master of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging?  

New technologies are developing at a rapid pace, and innovations in media are right by their side. As part of the MFA program, you learn and create through field-related internships. The in-depth thesis/project offers you the opportunity to combine all you have learned with your own creativity and style in the making of a festival-worthy film or an exhibition of photography.  

The average annual salary for a film producer in the United States is $77,258, while the range is usually falls between $66,565 and $87,579 (

 Delivery Format 

Governors State’s 60-credit hour Independent Film and Digital Imaging MFA takes place in a  state-of-the-art studio located entirely on campus where you will take part in every step of film-making, from writing a screenplay and directing cast members to full film production.

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  • Uriah-Berryhill

    Uriah Berryhill, Specialist, TV & Media Production

    The MFA program encourages you to take your big ideas and turn them into a real production by providing you with the creative channels, skills, and knowledge you need to do it. My professors gave me the push to take strategic risks and follow my passion—that created confidence that I now implement in my current job where I use the skills I gained as an M.F.A. student in studio production, filming, and editing.

  • Daniel Nearing

    Dan Nearing, Full Professor of IFDI

    The IFDI program is all about authorship and encouraging the creative growth of individual writer-directors and photographers. GSU student and alumni films have screened at hundreds of international film festivals and won multiple awards. Our faculty has received recognition from major entities such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Times, and Roger Ebert. To top it all off, an MFA at GSU is more affordable than one at other Chicago-area schools.

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