October 2, 2018

Call for applications: MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

The MFA-IVC program, launching in fall 2019, will prepare graduates to work as professional illustrators, author-artists, critical writers, curators, and professors. Image courtesy Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Sam Fox School’s new MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program explores the idea of illustration authorship by combining studio practice in illustration with curatorial training in visual and material culture. This program is ideal for illustrators, designers, and those interested in working with popular visual matter of the modern period: how it was made and by whom, who it was for, and how it remains relevant today.

This is a two-year residential program, launching in fall 2019. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work as author-artists of graphic novels and picture books, professors of illustration, critical writers on popular culture, and curatorial staff in museums, libraries, and auction houses.

The MFA-IVC program is built on the strengths and expertise of the School’s illustration and design faculty, and the vast visual culture resources of Washington University in St. Louis, including the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a preeminent site for studying the history and culture of American illustration.

MFA Illustration & Visual Culture studios and primary classrooms will be located in Weil Hall, a new 82,000-square-foot facility, designed by KieranTimberlake, that opens in fall 2019. The building includes the 2,600-square-foot Roxanne H. Frank Design Studio, which will offer a flexible and open space to accommodate 30–50 students, pinup and critique areas, a printing hub, and central AV. Design students across the Sam Fox School will have access to new resources in Weil Hall such as a state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab, exhibition and project spaces, a two-story indoor court, and a future experimental studio for video, film, and time-based media. Weil Hall will offer ready connections to the rest of the Sam Fox School facilities and buildings, including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, as well as to new campus resources such as a dining pavilion and alternative transportation commuter hub.

John Hendrix, program chair* / Ken Botnick / Heather Corcoran / Chrissi Cowhey / D.B. Dowd* / Rebecca Leffell Koren / Jonathan Hanahan / Audra Hubbell / Heidi Kolk* / Shreyas R Krishnan* / Penina Acayo Laker / Frank Oros / Jeff Pike
*Lead faculty

Tuition, scholarships, and financial aid
Students in the MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture program will be considered for scholarship/remission awards ranging from 12% to 100%* of total tuition. US citizens and permanent residents will also be eligible for loan support, dependent on financial circumstances and merit. Visit our website for complete details.

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