Illustration (MA)

Application Procedures

Round 1 Deadline: January 19 // Round 2 Deadline: March 19. For more information about deadlines and timelines, visit the Apply page

We encourage a diverse group of applicants with experience or education in complementary fields who seek tools, abilities, and context in order to pivot and launch successfully into industry positions in a shorter amount of time than an M.F.A. program. Some applicants may seek to gain experience, further develop their portfolio, and undergo appropriate preparation for an application to M.F.A programs further in the future.

Application Procedures for the M.A. in Illustration

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: completed and submitted online via

2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

3. Statement of Purpose/Artist Statement

Applicants should submit a written statement discussing their artistic background, both professionally and academically, and outlining their interest in postgraduate study and in particular the M.A. in Illustration program at MICA. Applicants should talk about their work and goals in relation to the broader discourse of illustration, explaining what draws them to advanced study in this field. Applicants with backgrounds in different disciplines should address how their previous experiences have prepared them for study in Illustration. (Limit: 500 words)

4. Two (2) Letters of Reference

Recommendations are submitted online via

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Digital transcripts from the last degree-granting institution can be uploaded to SlideRoom. Official transcripts are not required for the initial review process, however, the Graduate Review Committee may request additional or official documentation before decision notification. 

6. M.A. in Illustration Portfolio Requirement

Applicants to the Illustration (M.A.) should submit 15-18 digital images or time-based media for review. 

Applicants are encouraged, where relevant, to use the notes section of to describe each portfolio item. Applicants should submit their portfolio materials for review with their application via Specific technical guidelines addressing the submission of digital images, video files, sound files and text files are available in the SlideRoom system.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission stage online.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.