Academic Programs of Study
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
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.
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.
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
- Learn more about this program or visit the Visual Arts website.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- This program is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Marywood University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Lisa L. Cyr
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'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
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
Find Your Counselor
Jason ThielGraduate Admissions Counselor
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.
3-D (Ceramics, Sculpture), 2-D (Painting, Printmaking, Photography), Graphic Design**, Illustration**)
60 semester hours
I. CORE COURSES
15 semester hours
|ART 600||MFA Seminar||
|ART 642||Art Criticism||
II. VISUAL ARTS CONCENTRATION
30 semester hours
|Chosen from one of the specific studio areas listed above||
**The sequence and schedule of courses for these concentrations differ from the other concentrations, with the majority of the residency being required in the summer and significant work continued during the fall and spring semesters in metropolitan areas. This is a customized delivery system for a 60-credit Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts with concentrations in Illustration and Graphic Design. It was specifically designed for working art directors, ad designers, illustrators, and teachers of art who have to budget their time and resources carefully, while continuing their full-time occupations. You can continue working at your current job and earn a fully accredited Master of Fine Arts degree at the same time. Interested students should see http://www.marywood.edu/art/graduate-programs/mfa/aboutus.html and contact the Art Department for specific information.
III. STUDIO ELECTIVES
15 semester hours
|Chosen from other graduate level studio courses or practicum offerings||
IV. PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION
|ART 639 A,B||Thesis Project, Exhibit||
Specific course sequence, etc. can be found in the Art Department's Handbook for Graduate Students. Interested students should contact the department.
As part of the "Get Your Master's with the Masters" MFA Program for Educators and Working Professionals, a low-residency 26-credit Certificate in Sequential Art and Storytelling is offered. By the end of the second Summer, students will produce a publishable full-length graphic novel. In addition, students within the "Get Your Master's with the Masters" Program may choose this line of study with their concurrent program.
|ART 642W||Rendering Ideas||3|
|ART 643W||Conceptual Exercises||3|
|Fall Independent Study:|
|ART 560A||Creative Problem Solving||3.5|
|ART 560B||Creative Problem Solving II||3.5|
|Spring Independent Study:|
|ART 560C||Creative Problem Solving||3.5|
|ART 560D||Creative Problem Solving II||3.5|
|ART 644W||The Children's Book||3|
|ART 646W||Communication Concepts||3|
With Opportunity for Study in Florence, Italy
Marywood/SACI MFA Option
The Marywood M.F.A. program offers an option for graduate students in the fine arts to complete a portion of their M.F.A. degree requirements by studying in Florence, Italy. This opportunity is offered through collaboration with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. The Marywood/SACI option offers a traditional M.F.A. from Marywood University in Visual Arts, but with a separate eighteen-credit track of study available from SACI in the disciplines of Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The 60 credit hours of this M.F.A. option are distributed as follows:
Semester I (Fall) = 12-15 credits at Marywood
Semester II (Spring) = 12 credits at SACI
Summer Sessions (Late Spring) = 6 credits at SACI
Semesters III and IV (Fall & Spring) = 27-30 credits at Marywood
Of the 18 credits taken at SACI, 9 credits may be in the student's area of concentration, and 3 credits may be in Art History. The remaining SACI credits will be studio electives which can be selected from a full range of offerings including: Drawing, Painting, Fresco, Etching, Lithography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Video.
Studio Arts Centers International (SACI) is an Independent American university-level school for the arts, located in the very center of Florence, Italy. SACI is recognized as one of the leading overseas institutions in the areas of studio art and art history. The SACI studios are situated only a moment's walk from many of the greatest works in all of Western Art. Integrated into the SACI program are frequent organized trips that offer access to important cultural sites throughout Italy. All SACI courses are taught in English.
In conjunction with the gallery coordinator, the student will experience the preparation for a visiting artist gallery exhibition in the student’s area of study. Through this experience the student works directly with the artist and curator on publicity, research, production of gallery poster, exhibit administrative duties, and the set-up and display of the actual exhibits.
The successful completion of this 60-credit program will earn the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Marywood University.