Emilee Lund talks about her experience studying illustration at MCAD.

Illustration majors express ideas through powerful, innovative images that entertain, inform, and evoke emotion. Traditional media, digital knowledge, and conceptual thinking are the building blocks of the illustration experience at MCAD.

As an Illustration Major You Will:

  • Sharpen your technical and conceptual illustration skills
  • Explore traditional and nontraditional forms of illustration
  • Become fluent with the latest technology
  • Develop concepts into patterns and surface design
  • Learn to clearly communicate ideas and tell stories
  • Prepare for a professional career in illustration

Tell Me More about Illustration at MCAD

Student Work

Alumni Spotlight

Mary Grand Pre Harry Potter Mirror of Erised

Mary GrandPre ’81

Mary GrandPré’s portfolio is far larger than just seven book covers. Nevertheless, the illustrator of all the American Harry Potter books is best-known for her iconic renditions of the Boy Wizard.

Faculty Spotlight



Linda Frichtel, Associate Professor

Linda Frichtel began her career as an artist in Minneapolis. She discovered the field of illustration and launched a career as a professional illustrator in 1992.

Tom Garrett

Tom Garrett, Professor

Tom Garrett’s illustrations have been published in U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, Fortune, Washington Post, TV Guide, Food Network, HGTV Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. His long list of clients includes CBS, Scholastic, Mattel, Geico, Warner Brothers, HBO, American Airlines, Pillsbury, and IBM.