The program is an immersion into the field with focus on studio work and professional practices, preparing you to build a compelling portfolio, for freelance opportunities, or for application to competitive M.F.A. programs, including those at MICA.
The Master of Arts in Illustration is a 30-credit program. Its curriculum is paced to help you develop the vocabulary, and conceptual, observational, and handcrafting skill sets, tool sets, and mindsets needed to begin professional initiatives or pursue more specialized study. In the M.A. in Illustration program, you 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 your professional practice through making skills and professional development. The degree culminates in independent work in the form of a capstone portfolio project, exhibition, and review panel.
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, you will create a digital archive for future professional presentation, project proposals or other educational pursuits.
Students in the M.A. in Illustration program work in an open-plan, state-of-the-art dedicated studio environment and can take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with students from other graduate programs, as well as MICA research centers such as the Center for Design Thinking.
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