Visual Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration)

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

  • Low-residency program designed for working professionals
  • Faculty of renowned designers and illustrators
  • New York City study tours

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Marywood’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is a low-residency program designed specifically for working professionals: art directors, graphic designers, illustrators, educators, and other artists. You can earn your MFA in just three years, through four two-week summer sessions at Marywood, six study tours, and independent work.

Renowned Faculty

We believe that working directly with successful designers and illustrators is the best way to improve your own work. Our MFA program offers personal, hands-on training from prominent artists, like Ed Brodsky, Steven Brower, Seymour Chwast, Ray Cruz, Lisa Cyr, John Gall, Melanie Mall, Megan Halsey, Zina Saunders, Nancy Stahl, Craig Welsh, and Chistopher Zacharow.

Study Tours

Twice a year, students in Marywood's MFA program meet in New York City, Boston, or another large city to tour the studios of well-known designers and illustrators and visit ad agencies, museums, and professional organizations.

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Accomplished MFA Faculty


John Gall
[Design]

Mark Schultz
[SequentialArt]

Craig Welsh
[Design]

Lisa L. Cyr
[Illustration]

Our MFA program helps practicing designers and illustrators hone their technical skills and explore new depths of creativity and conceptual thinking. The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree that will qualify you to teach at the college level.

Tomlynn

I'm a designer at Seventh Generation in Burlington, Vermont.

Seventh Generation is a company whose mission is to nurture the next seven generations. They produce household products and baby products with the world and the future in mind. I work on designing the packaging of the products you see in store. I focus on promoting our brand through design packaging, POS materials, digital assets, and other media. I love working with the Seventh Generation family...I truly have found a career that welcomes me, challenges me, and inspires me every day. I'm grateful for the education I have received at Marywood, and where it lead me to today. Being a designer, a mom, and a lover of our planet—I couldn't have picked a better career than where I am right now.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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