Image courtesy Shannon Levin, BFA ’17 from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Hot off the press: Get your free copy of The Graphic Vindicator (the official publication of Washington University’s MFA-IVC program!) and visit us at our Virtual Open House

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program at Washington University in St. Louis combines studio practice in illustration with material culture studies. This two-year residential program prepares graduates to work as author-artists of graphic novels, comics, and picture books, as well as professors, critical writers, and curators.

The MFA-IVC program is built on the expertise of the school’s illustration and design faculty, and the vast resources of Washington University, a tier-one research institution. The school’s resources include the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, the Kemper Art Museum, and the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a preeminent site for studying the history and culture of American illustration.


MFA-IVC studios are located in Weil Hall, a brand-new facility with a digital fabrication lab and numerous spaces for collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchange. You’ll also have access to our integrated printmaking suite, home to Island Press and the Kranzberg Book Studio.


Our faculty specialize in children’s books, editorial illustration, cultural theory, graphic novels, zines, typography, and social practice. Faculty members include John Hendrix (chair), D.B. Dowd, Gerald Early, Edward Kinsella III, Heidi Kolk, Shreyas R Krishnan, Skye Lacerte, Joy Novak, and Dan Zettwoch. Fall guest speakers include designer Silas Munro and cartoonists Eleanor Davis and Lauren R. Weinstein.

Apply to Washington University’s MFA-IVC program by February 5, 2021.

Questions? Contact graduate recruitment specialist Taylor Yocom at