MCAD's illustration major creates makers, thinkers, designers, and artists.

These students are passionate about sketchbooks and painting as well as fluent in current technology. Traditional media, digital knowledge, and conceptual thinking are the building blocks of the illustration experience at MCAD.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional. Also, our illustration program is ranked as one of the top 20 in the United States.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare illustration as your major
  • Build concentrated illustration skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Illustration Major Outcomes

  • Apply a strong design practice from research boards, thumbnail sketches, and refined sketches to final art.
  • Use diverse materials and media and identify their unique possibilities.
  • Interpret storytelling as well as the ability to formulate themes and concepts into pattern and surface design.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional ethics and practices.
  • Generate an original and individual voice presented in a portfolio, website, and gallery space.
  • Create illustrations for a variety of audiences: surface design, editorial, advertising, book, corporate, and gallery exhibition.
  • Solve creative problems for print and digital formats.

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