Syracuse University’s MFA in Illustration encourages breadth of research and depth of inquiry to cultivate the next generation of illustrators, creators, and teachers.

Admission + Portfolio Requirements

Visit Opportunities

As part of a School of Art within a 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. The faculty are widely published and possess a robust network to frequently interact with the profession in publishing, studios, the arts, and beyond. The campus’s proximity to New York City allows for regular trips; there is also coursework in Los Angeles to intersect with the animation and gaming industries.  

The diversity of our student body helps them 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. 

Application deadline: February 15 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: 27 credits
Studio electives: 12 credits
Art history or related academics: 9 credits
Thesis: 12 credits
Total Credits: 60
Length of Residency: 3 years