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Teaching I Service I Internal Grants I External Financial Services and Support

The Intermedia + Digital Art [ IMDA ] program has over $330,000 in funds to support Research Assistantships (RA) for graduate students who qualify. Financial packages may include tuition remission, health care and stipends. Students fulfill their RA by teaching a course; assisting Faculty on a research project; or working with one of several research centers and partners at UMBC including the Imaging Research Center (IRC), the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), The Shriver Center, the Department of Visual Arts, and several others. Most IMDA students choose to receive professional classroom teaching-mentoring experience as part of their curriculum. Eligible students have multiple opportunities to independently teach courses during their IMDA studies in an area of their expertise. Additionally, UMBC offers financial aid and the Graduate Student Association [ GSA ] offers opportunities for travel and other support for graduate students to produce their art. MFA applicants who have served in the Peace Corps may apply for additional funding through the Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship program [note: deadlines may vary]. MFA graduate students preparing for their thesis exhibition are eligible to apply for the RTKL [ Rogers, Taliaferro, Kostritsky, & Lamb ] merit-based award.

IMDA students will receive in-depth feedback on their artwork from engaged Visual Arts Faculty throughout their education, and further benefit from many on-going public programs. This includes the Visiting Artists Lecture Series, which offers graduate students one-on-one feedback during studio visits with prestigious guest artists and critics. Additional related lectures and events are hosted by the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts [ CIRCA ] and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

External opportunities include the vibrant Baltimore art scene where students exhibit their work and events, international residencies, Fulbright scholarships, and many other awards, jobs, and opportunities. IMDA graduates are successful in academia, industry and are independent artists and community activists and curators. We provide IMDA students and alumni with a variety of external resources, grants, and residencies that will support their creative output and career paths. Each student works closely with both an IMDA Faculty Advisor and a Thesis Advisor on career goals and builds a plan that includes appropriate external opportunities provided during our program.


IMDA students who wish to pursue teaching in the Department of Visual Art are offered to mentor within their curriculum. Mentoring is achieved during the Teaching Practicum course
[ ART 638 ] and should be in an area of the student’s expertise.  Typically Art 210-214 serves as a course of study for the student’s practicum credit. When a student successfully completes Art 638, and advances to Candidacy, they are able to independently teach a course in the Department of Visual Arts.  A teaching application should be submitted a semester and a half prior to the semester start date that the student is interested in teaching.


Faculty Committee Opportunities include Visiting Artists Committee, Graduate Program Committee, ad hoc hiring Committees and summer advising for a stipend. Speak with your advisor, Chair, Dept. Chair or GPD about Dept Committee opportunities. Speak with Melanie Berry [ ] about paid summer advising opportunities.

GSA Opportunities. An IMDA student representative is required.

Internal Grants

Internal Grants through GSA. IMDA Graduate Students are eligible to apply for up to $1000 per year for up to 2 years to produce their work, or between $250- 1000 per travel for a conference related to their work. See eligibility, application and reimbursement forms.

UMBC’s Graduate School offers internal and external funding opportunities, including fellowships and information on financial aid.

USMD Women’s History Month Award. This program provides 5 awards per year in the amount of $500.00 to female undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a USM institution with 9 graduate credits or more.

RTKL AWARD After achieving candidacy, and one year before IMDA students anticipated thesis exhibition, students are eligible to apply for an RTKL award. This is a merit-based award only offered to one M.F.A. candidate toward their thesis exhibition at the CADVC.

Images: Lexie Mountain [ 2014 ];  MFA Thesis Exhibition Poster, CADVC [ 2012 ]; Gary Kachadourian [ 2012 ].