For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all outstanding prerequisites, completed a minimum of 60 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and had their thesis approved by the defense committee. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies.
MFA in Illustration candidates are required to complete a Qualifying Paper focusing on a specific aspect of illustration--considering the history, cultural context, and current state of the industry. Students should select a topic in an area of their particular interest. Research, comopostion, design, and presenation occur over a 12-month period.
The process begins in the summer Qualifying Paper Workshop, during which the Qualifying
Paper faculty member will provide guidance on the scope, requirements, and timeline
of the project. Under faculty guidance, students will discuss and identify topics
and begin initial research. During the courses Qualifying Paper I & II, delivered
in the third and fourth semesters of the program, students will research, write, and
design their papers. In the student's fourth semester of study, the final Qualifying
Papers will be submitted in writing and as an oral presentation. Departmental faculty
discuss and review the Qualifying Paper presentation, prior to the paper's final approval.
Time Requirement for Degree Completion
Students will have three years to complete all degree requirements, except for the written thesis, which is due within 18 months after beginning the program.