Integrate Individual Studies and Teaching

Why Our Program?

  • You can further develop your talents in illustration and also acquire teaching skills.
  • You will receive individual attention from our award-winning faculty members.
  • You can take advantage of online classes and global study opportunities, including those in New York City; Los Angeles; and Florence, Italy.
  • You will engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known industry professionals.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.


Shaffer Art Building

The illustration program's studios and classrooms are housed in Shaffer Art Building, which is also home to the Department of Transmedia, jazz studies in the Setnor School of Music, and Syracuse University Art Galleries. The building also contains a 60-seat lecture hall and the 300-seat Shemin Auditorium.

Visiting Artists

Throughout the year the illustration program and the School of Art welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists to campus. Speakers in the illustration program include video gaming professionals, animators, editors, art directors, and illustrators, many of whom are alumni. You may interact with them through presentations, class demos, lectures, and critiques. These experiences are a critical component to your artistic growth.

Past guests have included Sophie Blackall, Steve Brodner, Marcos Chin, Joe Ciardiello, John Cuneo, Shaun Cusick, Jeffrey Decoster, Michelle Dickens '03, Mark English, Shane Evans ’92, Donato Giancola ’92, Max Ginsburg '53, Brian Gordon G’97, Sterling Hundley, Gary Kelley, Barry Mosher, George Pratt, John Rush, Elwood Smith, Joe Spadaford ’00, David Wiesner, and Eric Wilkerson.