Each year a select and diverse group of creative people come to study at Syracuse University’s esteemed master of fine arts (M.F.A.) illustration program from around the U.S. and the world.

Admission + Portfolio Requirements

Some students are recent college graduates, and others have professional experience, while some have minimal art education.

But no matter where you start, Syracuse’s intimate illustration program with its worldwide reach offers online coursework in addition to classes at its two New York City locations (the Fisher Center and Lubin House) as well as in Syracuse; Los Angeles; and Florence, Italy. You’ll study with award-winning, full-time faculty and part-time instructors while interacting with top-level national and international industry professionals.

Our course offerings are as diverse as our students. Come to build on your undergraduate portfolio, reinvent your creative voice, or develop your teaching skills. Expand your knowledge, stay to discover your visual voice, and make your mark!

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