Build your illustration practice at a top research university in a vibrant, creative city. Applications are now open for the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Launched in 2018, the program combines studio practice in illustration and writing with the study of visual and material culture. With a focus on illustrator authorship, this two-year, fully residential program is made for illustrators, comic artists, and designers who are interested in popular visual matter of the modern and contemporary periods.

Students benefit from the vast resources of WashU, including the Dowd Illustration Research Archive. Chaired by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator John Hendrix, the program includes a mix of studio work, history and theory, hands-on archive work, and electives. The curriculum is designed to help students find their voice, discover a conceptual home for their work, frame their practice, and build an audience.

Applications are due January 10, 2024.

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