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.

More About This Degree

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.


I like helping students see that college isn't as scary as it sounds.

Year: Sophomore

Major: Graphic Design

Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Activities on campus: Swimming and Diving team, CMYKlub, Zeta Omicron Art Honorary Fraternity

Favorite Marywood moment: Getting henna tattoos at Mary-woodstock!

Favorite place on campus:  Mac labs and the pool

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: Answering students questions and helping them see that college isn't as scary as it sounds.

Fun fact: I work at an ice cream shop during the summer.

Have a question for Gabrielle?  Send her an email.

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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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