36 months
1276 USD/credit 38280 USD/year
1218 USD/credit 36540 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MFA in Illustration at Academy of Art University provides the skills to develop portfolios with samples in Children’s Book, Editorial, Licensing, Package Illustration, Concept Art, Book Covers, Preliminary Art, Advertising, or Institutional Art portfolios.


Both representational and stylistic approaches for print and or web are taught. Students graduate with a portfolio created in a personal style and medium of choice that is market appropriate.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduate Illustration students at Academy of Art University will meet the following student performance criteria:

  • The MFA Illustration Graduate School curriculum emphasizes visual communication and a mastery of technical and conceptual abilities and involves intensive education in the formulation of ideas, problem solving and artistic skill. 
  • Students are asked to stretch their talents and refine the skills that will enhance their art, broadening the opportunities for their work. Development of the individual style and viewpoint is a focus of graduate studies in Illustration.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Clothed Figure Drawing
  • Perspective for Characters & Environment
  • Digital Painting
  • Color Theory
  • Concept, Technique and Illustration
  • Character Design for Children's Books

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




90 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form or online application.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college or university showing completion of an undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    38280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1276 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    36540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1218 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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