MFA: Academic Programs

Distinguished Faculty

Photo of John Kascht

John Kascht

Since launching his career as a freelance political cartoonist at the Waukesha Freeman at age 14, John Kascht’s satirical illustrations have appeared in most major US publications, and on book covers, CDs, and Broadway marquees. In recent years Kascht has also written and produced multimedia features for websites and apps, adding another dimension to his trademark examinations of political and celebrity culture.

Considered a contemporary master of caricature, John has been the subject of documentary segments for the Smithsonian, public television and the Discovery Channel. Two dozen of his works are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

John’s work is regularly included in the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration,and Communication Arts annuals, and has earned gold and silver awards from The New York Art Director’s Club, SPD, and The Society for News Design.

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

With concentrations in graphic design and illustration, this program is designed for working artists who wish to earn their MFA while continuing their full-time occupations. The program is supported by accomplished, professional faculty, visiting artists of acclaim, impressive exhibit offerings, and excellent academic and technical resources. There are opportunities for museum research and study tours designed to provide experiences of breadth and depth for matriculating graduate students.

Children's Book Track

Students in our MFA program may pursue the optional children’s book track, which begins the first year, culminates with an intensive week-long workshop the second, and feedback on your book continues right through graduation.