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Admission Requirements

Illustration Practice (MFA)

Illustration Practice is a public visual language inspired by the whole of art and design history. An illustrator's language is concerned with problem-solving and communication. With dynamic and changing production techniques available to the practitioner, illustrators are utilizing new media in addition to print to realize and distribute their ideas. The program provides advanced students and professional-level illustrators with skills and knowledge to successfully compete nationally and internationally and to contribute to the practice of illustration.

Who Should Apply

Students in this program are encouraged to contribute new ideas and directions to the practice of illustration, expand the range of the illustration work they produce and expand their visual literacy. Students are actively engaging in the social, cultural, aesthetic and technological issues tranforming the applied art and communication industry.

MICA's MFA in Illustration Practice applicants typically have real-world experience, but motivated, professional-minded advanced students are encouraged to apply. Applicants may include experienced illustrators as well as professionals and advanced students from related disciplines including but not limited to design, writing, fine art, animation, film, or digital media.

See Also Programs of Study: Illustration Practice (MFA)

Application Requirements and Procedures for Illustration Practice (MFA)

Application Deadline for Fall 2014 Entrance: January 15, 2014

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and submitted online at
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Illustration Practice (MFA) Written Statement

Applicants should submit a written statement discussing their artwork and outlining their interest in graduate study. The statement should include and address the following:

A. How your abilities and experience will translate into illustration practice as it moves into the 21st century. Where do you fit into the future of illustration?

B. Description of your ideal project, something that would utilize your talents as a visual communicator and engage your thinking about illustration practice in new ways.

4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Letters are submitted online via

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Submit transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission in sealed, institution-issued envelopes.

6. Portfolio for Illustration Practice (MFA)

A portfolio of visual work is required from all applicants to Illustration Practice (MFA). This portfolio may consist of professional and/or student illustration work, or visual work produced in another discipline. Please compile a portfolio that displays your strengths as well as creative interests. Work-in-progress and collaborative works may also be included with appropriate and explanatory credits for all involved. A portfolio of writing may also be considered (submitted in .pdf format in the portfolio upload section of Applicants should submit a portfolio of 18-20 images (time-based work may also be submitted) via

Slide Room allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Applicants may upload images, video or .pdf documents. For good image quality and fast upload, please follow the submission guidelines provided by SlideRoom.

Applicants can contact for technical support. For applicants to multiple graduate programs, please repeat the upload process for each program.

7. $70 Application Fee

Payable via credit card online before final application submission.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary langauge is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.