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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Visual Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration) at Marywood

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


Megan Halsey
[childrensbooks]

Lisa L. Cyr
[Illustration]

Ann Nocenti
[SequentialArt]

James Romberger
[SequentialArt]

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 a regionally 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

Find Your Counselor

Jason Thiel

Graduate Admissions Counselor
jmthiel@marywood.edu
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2591

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in the summer of 2013.  I was born and raised in Scranton, PA and earned my BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management from Marywood University.  I have over 8 years of admissions experience and love helping students and families find the right educational fit.

My interests:  I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it's movie night with my wife, dance recitals for my daughter, or baseball with my son.  I also enjoy, coaching youth sports, traveling, Phillies baseball, Syracuse basketball, and Dolphins football.  You may also find me watching reruns of Animal Planets TV show, Finding Bigfoot!

My favorite thing about Marywood: The feel!!  I love walking around campus and talking to students and meeting with staff & faculty.  It’s a beautiful campus spread out over 115 acres but still has that small hometown feel to it. 

My favorite place at Marywood: There isn’t a place I don’t like.  If I had to pick it would have to be the Rotunda.  It is beautiful and I went from studying in it as a student to now walking through it on my way to my office in the admissions department.

You’d never guess: I have trained for and completed 5 Marine Corp Marathons and my goal is 20.  Why I torture myself I do not know.

Best advice: Do your homework.  Find a school you love and a major that you are excited about.  Do truly what you love because you will work for 40-50 years of your life and LIVE YOUR PASSION.