Illustration Graduate Schools

Graduate schools offering degrees in illustration give students the chance to hone and develop artistic skills in areas like digital media and conceptual art. Research different programs that are available to get a feel for what might work best for you. Schools offering Children`s Book Illustration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

A master's degree program in illustration can usually be completed in two years. Explore the courses you'd take as an illustration student, and check the availability of online degree programs in this field.

What Do I Need to Gain Admission Into a Graduate Degree Program in Illustration?

Many admissions departments look for applicants with significant experience as illustrators or in artistic vocations. You probably shouldn't apply unless you have at least 3-5 years of professional experience. A resume and at least 10-20 examples of your professional illustrations or other work samples are usually necessary submission materials. A bachelor's degree in the fine arts is the typical educational background of most applicants.

Other items you'll likely submit with your application include a statement of purpose, up to three letters of recommendation and academic transcripts. Certain universities might request writing samples, such as academic papers covering subjects like art history. Interviews may be requested in some instances.

What Degree and Course Requirements Will I Need to Meet?

Degree programs you might enter include a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) specializing in illustration or a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Animation and Illustration. Compulsory coursework will likely cover advanced topics in drawing, graphic design and art history. Typical courses include:

  • Concept art
  • Visual development
  • Comic book art
  • Fantasy illustration
  • Digital media

Studio work and directed study projects under the supervision of your advisor are likely graduation requirements. At some universities, you will be required to write and defend a thesis. Most master's degree programs in illustration take two years to complete.

Schools Offering Graduate Degrees in Illustration

There are a number of schools offering master's degrees in illustration, and the three schools below all have available M.F.A. degrees:

  • The Maryland Institute College of Art offers an M.F.A. in Illustration Practice
  • Savannah College of Art and Design has an M.F.A. in Illustration
  • UMass Dartmouth offers an M.F.A. in Illustration

Can I Complete My Degree Through Distance Studies?

Graduate degree programs can be offered fully online. You are, however, more likely to find hybrid programs where coursework is presented through distance and on-campus studies. In addition to a computer with an Internet connection, online participation at many schools requires use of Quick Time, Flash Player, Photoshop and other graphic design software. Admission and graduation expectations are typically similar to site-based degree programs. Many schools give you up to three years to complete online studies.

Students who want to earn a graduate degree in illustration will have myriad choices at various universities across the country. Maryland, Georgia and Massachusetts are among the states offering a master of fine arts.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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