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MFA in Illustration University of Hartford - Graduate Studies



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This prestigious program is the only low residency MFA in the country that is dedicated exclusively to illustration. Whether you’re looking to pursue a career in education, revitalize your creativity, or reinvent your portfolio, you can earn an MFA in Illustration while maintaining your career and commitments at home. You’ll be surrounded by fellow students who are, themselves, highly motivated, established illustrators, illustrator/graphic designers, and illustration educators from across the country.

Our low-residency program takes two years (summer, fall, spring) and two weeks (final third summer) to complete. You convene with other students at our campus in West Hartford, Connecticut for two weeks in July for three consecutive summers. Visiting faculty include professionals from across the country.

Between the intensive, two-week studio and lecture-packed summer residencies, we meet in selected cities for one week in both October and March to interact with leading illustrators, illustration entrepreneurs, agents, and licensing experts. This completes the 10 weeks of contact time in the program.

Outside of the contact periods, you will maintain communication with the Program Director and Advisors as they guide you in the development of your thesis project, along with illustration and writing assignments. You will complete the program at the end of the third summer (totaling 10 weeks of contact time), with a thesis defense and exhibition.

A total of 60 credit hours is required for the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Illustration. The program may only be completed on a full-time basis.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MFA in Illustration.

Full Time (2 years and 2 weeks)

Tuition fees

$24,840.00 (17,59,479) per year


22-Jan-20, 18-May-20


Hartford Art School

200 Bloomfield Avenue,



06117, United States

Entry requirement for international students

All Master of Fine Arts in Illustration candidates are required to maintain continuous enrollment in the program and a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

TOEFL Minimum score: 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum score is a 58.

IELTS is also accepted with a minimum score of 6.5 or higher.

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