Hartford Art School
MFA in Illustration
This prestigious program is the only low residency MFA in the country that is dedicated exclusively to illustration.
Whether you’re looking to pursue a career in education, revitalize your creativity, or reinvent your portfolio, you can earn an MFA in Illustration while maintaining your career and commitments at home. You’ll be surrounded by fellow students who are, themselves, highly motivated, established illustrators, illustrator/graphic designers, and illustration educators from across the country.
Through challenging work and exceptional student/faculty relationships, you are guided in advancing your distinct, creative voice while refining and building upon your skills and techniques. You are exposed to current professionals and practices, allowing you to nurture your creative intellect and strengthen your business, promotional, and marketing knowledge.
- 60 credits
- Low Residency
- Application Priority Deadline - January 14
- Summer Semester Start
Questions? Contact Program Manager Shayna Piascik
About the Program
国产偷拍视频Our low residency program couples intensive, on-campus sessions in the summer with traveling spring and fall contact periods. During the summer, you convene with other students on campus for two weeks, working in a studio environment where you are provided focused interaction with award-winning faculty. The week-long fall and spring contact periods take place off-campus in major cities across the country, where we visit studios, area museums, and invite local illustrators to speak about their careers.
国产偷拍视频The structure of our program allows you to complete the program in two years (summer, fall, spring semesters each) plus two weeks (final third summer). In between contact periods, you’ll maintain communication with the Program Director and Thesis Advisor while completing assignments and developing a thesis project.
The program is directed by Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame inductee, C.F. Payne国产偷拍视频, and was founded by the late Murray Tinkelman, legendary Hall of Fame illustrator, educator, and illustration historian.
Unique Travel Component
国产偷拍视频Between the two-week summer residencies, we meet in major cities across the country that have included: Philadelphia, PA; Columbus, Ohio; New York City, NY; Pasadena/Los Angeles, Calif.; and San Francisco, Calif.
You’ll interact with leading illustrators, illustration entrepreneurs, agents, and licensing experts. Emphasis is placed on exposing you to an abundant and diverse array of illustration styles, markets of illustration, and career experiences. You’ll hear from over 50 professionals in the editorial, advertising, animation, children’s book, product design, and comic book industries.
Guest speakers across the country have included:
Mary Kate McDevitt, Martha Rich, Flloyd Cooper, Mike Hawthorne, Molly Egan, James Bennett, Yuko Shimizu, Tim O’Brien, Brendan Wenzel, Rudy Gutierrez, Laura Bee, Peter deSeve, Edel Rodriguez, Katherine Streeter, Daniel Fishel, Loren Long, Brian Ajhar, Steve Brodner, Dadu Shin, Chris Buzelli, Eda Keban, Craig Frazier, Roman Muradov, Owen Smith, Brian Stauffer, Gemma Correll, Lizette Biancalana, Jeff Sangalli, Mark Ulriksen, Marla Frazee, Victo Ngai, Dan Santat, Paul Rogers, Red Nose Studio, Andy J Miller, Emily Dumas, Dale Stephanos, Kelly Murphy, Victor Juhasz, John S. Dykes, Barry Blitt, R. Kikuo Johnson, David Wenzel, Chris Piascik, James Gurney, Wendell Minor, James Ransome, Etienne Delessert, Istvan Banyai, Allison Bamcat
Studio & Museum visits across the country have included:
Lucasfilm, Norman Rockwell Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Walt Disney
Animation Studio, Nickelodeon, Sony Animation, Brandywine Museum, Illuxcon, Huntington Gardens, Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum, Mazza Childrens Book Museum, and more!
国产偷拍视频All Master of Fine Arts in Illustration candidates are required to maintain continuous enrollment in the program and a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
国产偷拍视频Students are required to attend each contact period to successfully complete the program, progressing through the two years within a summer start cohort.
For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the .
Arden von Haeger, Class of 2014
Having earned an MFA in Illustration through the Hartford Art School, my career has been catapulted into a new level of creative output, passion and teaching. It was always there - now it has purpose.
Contact Shayna Piascik, Program Manager, to submit your initial inquiry, or fill out a . Please include a link to your online portfolio/website. There will be a follow-up phone interview with Chris Payne, Program Director.
Upon the acceptance of your portfolio, complete the online application and submit your $50 application fee.
Please request that one official copy of your transcript from any college and/or postsecondary institution you attended be forwarded to:
Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
Submit a letter of intent (within the online application). In no more than 500 words, this statement should address your influences, interests, brief life history, current direction, and reasons for applying to a graduate program at this time.
Request one letter of recommendation attesting to your ability and competence from a person practicing or teaching in the field in which the application is made.
国产偷拍视频Upload your portfolio (URL or PDF format) to the application portal.
Following your acceptance into the program, you will need to submit a non-refundable $300 deposit to hold your spot within the cohort beginning that summer. Visit here and log in using the same ID/PIN you created at the beginning of the application process. Your deposit will be credited to your account and applied toward future tuition.
TOEFL—Official score to be submitted. The University of Hartford test code number is 3436. Visit TOEFL at ets.org. Minimum score: 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based.
SThe Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum score is a 58. Visit the PTE at: pearsonpte.com.
SThe IELTS is also accepted with a minimum score of 6.5 or higher.
Guarantor’s Statement—As part of the application, international students must provide a bank statement to ensure adequacy of funds. This statement is also used to issue an I-20 form to students. The Guarantor’s Statement is necessary for obtaining a visa.
Admission into the MFA Illustration program occurs on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered until the year’s cohort of 20 for the start of the summer semester is full, with a priority deadline of January 14.
国产偷拍视频Some partial tuition scholarships are available for entering candidates. The awarding of scholarships is determined by the Illustration Committee and is based purely on the merit of professional work. Portfolios are reviewed prior to May 1 and students are notified of awards by June 1.
The goal of this merit-based program is to recruit the very best applicants to the University’s graduate programs. The award defrays 25% of the student’s annual tuition, up to $5,000, for each of the first two years after matriculation and is paid directly to the student’s Bursar’s account. No extensions of the award beyond two years are possible. Nominations are made by the director. Recipients are not required to provide any services to the University in exchange for the award.
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