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Application Requirements for the Illustration Practice (M.A.)

Illustration (MA)

MICA's M.A. in Illustration is an intensive one-year program for individuals interested in a career in illustration or in developing and strengthening their existing skills and abilities in illustration. The program is an immersion into the field with focus on studio work and professional practices, preparing students to build a compelling portfolio for advancing or changing careers, for freelance opportunities, or for application to competitive M.F.A. programs, including those at MICA.

Who Should Apply

The program seeks applicants of all experience levels, including those entering the field of illustration for the first time as well as experienced illustrators who seek to expand their skills and experience. We encourage a diverse group of applicants with experience or education in complementary fields who seek tools, abilities and context in order to pivot and launch successfully into industry positions in a shorter amount of time than an M.F.A. program. Some applicants may seek to gain experience, further develop their portfolio, and undergo appropriate preparation for an application to M.F.A programs further in the future.

See Also Programs of Study: Illustration Practice (M.A.)

Application Requirements and Procedures for the Illustration (MA)

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Entrance: January 17, 2018

Final Deadline for Fall 2018: April 3, 2018

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1. Graduate Admission Application: Completed and submitted online via mica.slideroom.com
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Please include software skills / competencies. Please include any continuing education courses completed (in addition to the undergraduate degree).

3. Statement of Purpose/Artist Statement

Applicants should submit a written statement discussing their artistic background, both professionally and academically, and outlining their interest in post graduate study and in particular the MA in Illustration program at MICA. Applicants should talk about their work and goals in relation to the broader discourse of illustration, explaining what draws them to advanced study in this field. Applicants with backgrounds in different disciplines should address how their previous experiences have prepared them for study in Illustration. (Limit: 500 words)

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

Submitted online via mica.slideroom.com

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Digital transcripts from the last degree-granting institution can be uploaded to SlideRoom. Official transcripts are not required for the initial review process, however the Graduate Review Committee may request additional or official documentation before decision notification. 

6. Portfolio of Artwork

Applicants should submit a recommended 15-18 digital images for review. Applicants may upload images or video documents. For good image quality and fast upload, please follow the guidelines provided by SlideRoom. JPGs are preferred to PDFs. Submissions should show how you use typography, images, color, composition, etc. to visually communicate. Sketches and process work are acceptable with captions that explain the broader context of the work. 

Applicants should submit their portfolio materials for review with their application via mica.slideroom.com. Specific technical guidelines addressing the submission of digital images, video files, sound files and text files are available in the SlideRoom system.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission process.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary language 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.

This page was last updated on 10/18/2017.