2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Illustration, MFA

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Marty Blake, Program Coordinator

Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-3700, mablake@syr.edu


Marty Blake, Frank Cammuso, Robert Dacey, Steven Ellis, Ginnie Hsu, London Ladd, Joseph Murphy, Lydia Nichols


Syracuse University’s MFA in Illustration is committed to advancing the next generation of Illustrators. As part of a School of Art within a University, our approach is research-oriented and cross-disciplinary, emphasizing inquiry, authorship, and criticality. Students will study and experiment, expanding their boundaries and modes of expression. We encourage our illustration graduate students to create with global awareness, exploring intellectual and creative pursuits to better the world. 

Accreditation: NASAD

Admission: BFA in Illustration or related art subject

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the Illustration  MFA program, students will be able to:

1. Select focused and relevant research topics and conduct research from both primary and secondary sources

2. Express unique points of view, anchored in research and articulated in writing

3. Develop a body of visual work that is personally meaningful and distinct in its appearance and expression

4. Demonstrate knowledge of their chosen professional arena and how to navigate their prospects

5. Demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurship as ethically aware art professionals

Program Requirements

Required Classes: 9 credits

Studio electives: 27 credits

Courses listed below; students can also choose from existing Illustration and Studio Arts courses 

Academic Electives: 12 credits

Any art history or related academics, such as classes in HOA, AIC, or CRS, 500-level or above.

Thesis: 12 credits

Total Credits Required: 60

Length of residency: 3 years

Degree Awarded: MFA in Illustration

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