Jordy Farrell | Illustration
Ji In KIm | Illustration
Fei Xu | Illustration
Ernesto Torres | Illustration
Allen Song | Illustration
Chiaki Uchida| Illustration
Dusty Divine | Illustration
Mark Meyers | Illustration
The School of Illustration's MFA program provides advanced study in the illustrative arts with an emphasis on personal style using the most appropriate tools. Art skills and the development of oral, written, and visual presentation skills play a daily role throughout the program. Students graduate with a vibrant portfolio and are well equipped to perform at a high level as they embark on professional careers as illustrators.
MFA Illustration Degree Requirements
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
The MFA Illustration Graduate School curriculum emphasizes visual communication and a mastery of technical and conceptual abilities and involves intensive education in the formulation of ideas, problem solving and artistic skill. Students are asked to stretch their talents and refine the skills that will enhance their art, broadening the opportunities for their work. Development of the individual's style and viewpoint is a focus of graduate studies in Illustration.
Graduate students receive classical art instruction and an exposure to new media. The graduate student will develop a portfolio that demonstrates a personal style and a high level of professional skills. A refined illustrative style and voice will culminate in the graduate student's individual focus for their Final Project in areas such as editorial, advertising, graphic novel and children's books. The Final Project is exhibited to the public upon approval of the Final Review committee.
MFA graduates of the School of Illustration will meet the following student performance criteria:
MFA Thesis Project
Research and Conceptualization Skills
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Please see Degree Breakdown for requirements for the program. Explore our course catalog and take classes based on your interests, either online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.
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The MFA degree provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Illustration. Studio courses focus on the techniques necessary to develop and master technical skills. Graduate Liberal Arts courses promote the expression of ideas and effective communication utilizing visual, oral and written presentation skills. The program culminates with an independent final project. Students will graduate from the program equipped with a portfolio of work and prepared for professional opportunities in the field of Illustration.
Graduate Director of Illustration