Illustration | Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree / MCAD


Create one image that says it all.
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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Illustration

Illustration students master the ability to interpret the concepts of authors and designers, creating visual pieces that speak for themselves.

Students may illustrate for advertisements, books, magazines, and the web using a variety of media including acrylic, gouache, ink, watercolor, pastel, and digital.

Illustration is a major offered in the four-year BFA degree program. Our BFA curriculum is rooted by Core Four—foundation courses that enhance students' professional development.


Course Descriptions

Required Courses 39
Total Credits 120


On-site internships at organizations such as galleries, ad agencies, and cultural institutions—both local and international—allow students to learn about the industry, enhance their skills, network, and build their portfolios. Previous students have interned at the following organizations, among many others:

Aesthetic ApparatusBlack Collar ▪ Burobraak, Amsterdam ▪ Clockwork Creatures, Maryland ▪ Dick and Jane Letterpress ▪ HBO, New York ▪ Penguin & Fish ▪ StoneArch Creative ▪ Target ▪ Wine & Canvas