Each year a select and diverse group of creative people come to study in Syracuse University’s esteemed M.F.A. illustration program.

Admission + Portfolio Requirements

Students entering the program have diverse backgrounds, from recent college graduates to working professionals. All possess abundant potential and talents. 

Our illustration curriculum expands to a wide reach, with access to extensive art classes and facilities on campus. We’re close to New York City and take trips to visit illustrators, studios, museums, and publishers; there are also opportunities for coursework in Los Angeles. The award-winning, full-time faculty and stellar part-time instructors enlist a robust network of top-level industry professionals to guarantee students a richly varied and challenging education. 

Our classes encourage experimentation, stimulate growth, and ultimately, lead to a focused body of work. Faculty help students find their place as professionals in the contemporary field of illustration. 

Application deadline: February 1 for fall admission. Illustration currently does not offer spring admission. 

Student Work


Below are the general program requirements for the M.F.A. in illustration.

View full M.F.A. in illustration curriculum.

Major studio: 24 credits
Studio electives: 12 credits
Art history or related academics: 12 credits
Free electives: 6 credits
Graduate seminar: 3 credits
Final presentation: 3 credits
Total Credits: 60
Length of Residency: 3 years