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The Low Residency MFA in Illustration Program at the University of Hartford's Hartford Art School is the only low residency MFA in the country that is dedicated exclusively to illustration. Whether you’re looking to pursue a career in education, revitalize your creativity or reinvent your portfolio, you can earn an MFA in Illustration while maintaining your career and commitments at home. You’ll be surrounded by fellow students who are, themselves, highly-motivated, established illustrators, illustrator/graphic designers, and illustration educators from across the country.

Through challenging work and exceptional student/faculty relationships, you are guided in advancing your distinct, creative voice while refining and building upon your skills and techniques. You are exposed to current professionals and practices, allowing you to nurture your creative intellect and strengthen your business, promotional, and marketing knowledge.

Our program couples intensive, on-campus sessions in the summer with traveling spring and fall contact periods. During the summer, you work in-class and are provided focused interaction with award-winning faculty and thesis advisors. The fall and spring contact periods take place off-campus at the city hubs of illustration, which have included: San Francisco, Pasadena, New York City and other recognized destinations.

This program is directed by C.F. Payne, one of the country’s most prominent illustrators for more than 30 years, and founded by the late Murray Tinkelman, award-winning illustrator, educator, and illustration historian. 

THE LATEST FROM OUR FACULTY AND STUDENTS:

Having earned an MFA in Illustration through the Hartford Art School, my career has been catapulted into a new level of creative output, passion and teaching. It was always there - now it has purpose.
— Arden von Haeger, Class of 2014