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The Master of Arts in Illustration is a 30-credit program that will provide an intensive and practical immersion in the history and making of Illustration, an inherently interdisciplinary idea-driven practice.

The program provides an entry point for individuals interested in a new career in illustration or in developing and strengthening their skills and abilities in illustration. It is also an opportunity for individuals to advance their preparation and learning for entry into a terminal degree program.

The MA in Illustration program will provide candidates an integrated and intensive study in illustration. Its curriculum is paced to help candidates develop the vocabulary, and conceptual, observational, and handcrafting skill sets, tool sets and mindsets needed to begin professional initiatives or pursue more specialized study. Students in the MA will work independently and collaborate with others, gain a global purview through historical study and exposure to diverse contemporary practitioners, and expand the scope of their professional practices through making skills and professional development. The degree culminates in independent work in the form of a capstone portfolio project, exhibition, and review panel.

The fall term begins with studio- and practice- based courses and an academic History of Illustration course. The spring term focuses on portfolio and professional development through structured studio classes and a studio elective. Both terms follow the traditional MICA academic calendar for full-time study.

A final review with guest critics, practitioners and faculty includes a public talk/presentation of a portfolio (to secure commissioned work and employment); a written working philosophy; a web presence; and an exhibition of work. In addition to the portfolio, each student will create a digital archive for future professional presentation, project proposals or other educational pursuits.

This page was last updated on 07/10/2017.