2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 02, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Illustration, MFA

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James Ransome, Program Coordinator
347 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1138, jransome@syr.edu


Martha Blake, Tim Bower, Maria Carluccio. Sonia Chaghatzbanian, Robert Dacey, James Ransome


This program is well suited for individuals who wish to further their professional illustration skills. The candidates will produce a body of work as a thesis requirement and participate in the M.F.A. exhibition. Candidates develop their personal visual voice in contemporary illustration, through traditional and digital art media as well as engage in creative problem solving processes to communicate ideas and stories. The resident illustration program faculty members are all nationally recognized illustrators. They are supplemented by prominent visiting faculty, participation in national events and lecturers. Students may complete the award of Master of Fine Arts in Illustration on a 3-year program and take advantage of the Maymester summer program to gain credits.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Engage purposefully and creatively to reflect innovative artistic practices and design

2. Explore internal processes and utilize external research to transform visual communication

3. Experiment with materials to uncover untraditional properties and develop new practices

4. Identify practical resources for generating entrepreneurial pursuits, professional and financial networks

5. Develop proficiency in narrative, innovative storytelling, while identifying visual and conceptual problems

6.  Demonstrate a knowledge of illustration history, critical works and impactful moments that shape the industry along with 2-dimensional art; gain comprehensive knowledge of industry standards, practices and strategies

Program Requirements

Major studio: 24 credits

Studio electives: 12 credits

Art history or related academics: 12 credits

Free electives: 6 credits

Graduate seminar: 3 credits

Final presentation: 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 60

Length of residency: 3 years

Degree Awarded: MFA in Illustration

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