The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in illustration encourages breadth of research and depth of inquiry to cultivate the next generation of illustrators, creators, and teachers.

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As part of a school of art within a major university, our approach is research-oriented and cross-disciplinary, emphasizing inquiry, authorship, and critical thinking. To assist in creative experimentation, there are extensive facilities to work in a multitude of media: from the analog to the digital, traditional to cutting-edge. Our faculty members are seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience in the field of illustration. They bring to the classroom a rich blend of practical knowledge and interdisciplinary research interests, providing students with an education that is both deeply rooted in traditional techniques and forward-looking in embracing new media and methodologies. With their extensive professional backgrounds spanning publishing, studios, and the broader arts scene, they offer students an invaluable network and a multifaceted view of the illustration profession.  

The diversity of our student body helps our students to widen their perspectives in their areas of research, topics of interest, and professional opportunities. We encourage our illustration students to create with global awareness, exploring intellectual and creative pursuits to better the world. Prospective students interested in research and image-making for visual communication are encouraged to contact us if you have questions and to apply to our illustration M.F.A. program.

[Illustration faculty member Frank Cammuso explains how he channels a passion for comics into teaching]

Student Work

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

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

Required classes: 9 credits
Studio electives: 27 credits
Art history or related academics: 9 credits
Thesis: 12 credits
Total Credits: 60
Length of Residency: 3 years