DMAC is committed to welcoming international students and facilitating their transition to life at Digital Media Arts College. The International Department acts as a liaison with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies such as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as well as foreign governmental agencies relating to international student matters. This section is designed to familiarize our international students with the process for applying to DMAC, what to do before you leave home and what to do after your arrival here. We trust that this will be the start of a fun, exciting and rewarding journey for you. Please call our Admissions Department with any questions you have after you review the sections below:
International Student Application Procedure
What to submit to the Admissions Department:
What to submit to the International Coordinator:
Application for Admission Form: The Application for Admission Form will be sent by your Admissions Representative to you electronically for completion.
Enrollment Agreement Form: The Enrollment Agreement Form will be sent by your Admissions Representative to you electronically for completion.
Enrollment Agreement Fee of $50.00 (non-refundable): The Enrollment Agreement Fee is due upon completion of the Application for Admission and Enrollment Agreement Form. Accepted forms of payment include: Cash or Credit via phone or online submission.
Essay: This personal statement, better than any other document we require, tells us about your aims and aspirations, your previous experience, interests, and career goals. In a one-page, typed essay, tell us why you want to attend DMAC and become a media artist.
Signed Information Release Form: This form must be completed to legally allow us or not allow us to discuss student records (to comply with FERPA). You must declare or decline a third party designee.
Drawing Portfolio: The portfolio for admission should include 4-5 life drawings. These drawings must demonstrate a proper understanding of line, mass, value, and form. Acceptable subject matter includes still-life, figures, portrait, and landscapes. Do not submit abstract, surrealistic, cartoon, or digitally enhanced drawings. Acceptance of the portfolio assumes the student has the understanding and skills necessary to begin an undergraduate degree at DMAC (or enroll in the Basic Drawing course). Students submitting portfolios deemed to be lacking sufficient knowledge or who do not submit a portfolio will be required to take FA0900 Introduction to Drawing (and incur all applicable costs/fees). Transfer credit for Fine Arts courses will be accepted only after the portfolio evaluation. (Exceptions: The Drawing Portfolio is not required for AS Multimedia Design or BS Mobile Game Design)
Portfolio: A portfolio is required for admission into a graduate program at DMAC. Portfolios of original work that are sent to us will not be returned. DMAC assumes no responsibility for original pieces of artwork received.
Base Portfolio Requirements: A portfolio should consist of at least twenty (20) pieces of artwork. The preferred method of image, photography, etc., will be considered by the Chair of Design (graphic and web). Portfolios to be reviewed should be presented on disc (images in PDF format). The portfolio should be accompanied by a sheet specifying the software (and version) used for creating all the artwork. The portfolio should demonstrate technical knowledge, use of and fluency in:
UndergraduateHigh School and/or Undergraduate College Transcript(s)
GraduateCompleted Undergraduate College Transcript(s)
Any transcripts from outside of the United States must be translated (if applicable) and evaluated for U.S. Equivalency by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member in order to be approved for admission.
Affidavit of Support/Bank Letter: This document is for proof of financial ability.
Certificate of Eligibility Form: Required for the creation of the I-20 document.
English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English language proficiency by submitting scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) exam. The minimum required TOEFL® score for students in different categories is as follows:
DMAC’s TOEFL® code number is 8427. This number should be used when a student sits for the examination and on the Score Report Request Forms (for previously-taken tests). As an alternative, DMAC has approved both the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™) as a demonstration of English Language proficiency with the minimum score requirements:
MELAB Undergraduate student: 69IELTS™ All levels score: 6 (competent user)
Once all required documentation is received, you will then be reviewed for acceptance. Upon your acceptance, the International Coordinator, PDSO will issue via an express courier service your I-20 document. It is then the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for their F-1 student VISA interview. If the student holds any other eligible VISA, the burden is on the student to comply with US government regulations.
Letters of Recommendation: A formal letter(s) that explains why you are qualified for our graduate program.
Resume: A Resume is required for all graduate program applicants.
Passport Copy: A copy of a valid Passport is required for International Student applicants.