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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 transforming 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.

Candidates transitioning to a career or practice in illustration may also want to review our Illustration (MA) graduate program. 

See Also Programs of Study: Illustration Practice (MFA)

Application Requirements and Procedures for Illustration Practice (MFA)

Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Entrance: January 17, 2018

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

Applicants should submit a written statement that includes:

a] Discussion of your artwork that outlines your interest in graduate study.

b] How your abilities and experiences will translate into illustration practice, especially as it moves into the 21st century.

c] How do you see yourself fitting into the future of illustration? How will you use materials to extend your ideas?

d] A 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 Reference

Letters are submitted online via mica.slideroom.com. The Office of Graduate Admission recommends collecting references that are specific to the Illustration Practice program. Share information about the program with your letter-writer and ask them to describe why you would be a good fit for this program specifically.

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 for Illustration Practice (MFA)

The Illustration Practice faculty require at least 20 images. Video & audio files count as a single 'image.'

Please note that most reviews are conducted on computer screens: do not submit image quilts that make each image too small to view on a laptop. Avoid putting the image in a page layout unless the page layout is very important or your portfolio is design centric.

The faculty recommend selecting work that you feel to be your strongest as opposed to a large variety. Both 2D and 3D work is acceptable but not required. Samples of works-in-progress or process imagery is acceptable but should be very limited.

Have a trusted mentor or colleague look over your choices before submission. If you maintain a website, please make sure the URL has been entered on the application. Illustration Practice faculty will visit your site to see more of your work and to learn more about how you are using the web and social media.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable via credit card online before final application submission.

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 08/24/2017.