Focus on Yourself
“What did the Low Residency Hartford Art School MFA in Illustration Program do for me? It is a program that prepares you to constantly push yourself, challenge the obvious, go beyond the client and beyond the trends. It is a program that demanded I be myself. I discovered that after a career of being secondary to client, market, and content, I actually had a point of view and personal style and could represent myself as a graphic designer and illustrator. Hartford gave me permission and the confidence to be me.”
Q. Cassetti, Class of 2009
You have been working for a while -- giving your all to your clients, associates, or students without leaving much for yourself. Need a change, a revitalization of your work, your career, and your state of mind? Why not meet illustrators from all over the country, make a new network of professional illustrators and friends, be encouraged creatively and expand your professional world? Why not have a "life changing experience"?
While working and living your already busy life, you can receive your MFA in the ONLY low residency program exclusively devoted to Illustration. We stress personal growth and help our students find their distinct creative voice through challenging work, exposure to top professionals in the field of illustration, and exceptional student/faculty relationships.
This program is conducted over three, two-week summer sessions in consecutive Julys at the University of Hartford's campus in Hartford, CT with classes in Advanced Illustration, Children's Book Illustration, Computer Illustration, History of Illustration, Business of Illustration, Promotion, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, etc. Your thesis is a body of work that you are prepared to market and sell and will be exhibited in a Thesis show at the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.
Between your three two-week studio and lecture hall packed residencies, we meet for one week each November and March in selected cities. At that time, we invite the leading illustrators and illustration entrepreneurs practicing in those areas to share their knowledge and experiences with our students. We tap into what is happening right now with top illustrators in cities such as Ft. Worth/Dallas TX, LA/Pasadena CA, New York City NY, and San Francisco CA. These contacts give you a chance to tune into leading edge thinking in illustration. Want to know what is happening in the field of animation? Come spend a day with us at Disney Studios, DreamWorks, or Nickelodeon.
Work along with your classmates and faculty, from all over the country, and create a significant body of new work to supercharge your portfolio, your thoughts, your outlook on the field, and your career. Come arouse the dream inside of you and reconnect with your inspirations, while earning a terminal degree in the field – the MFA in Illustration.
This program is considered full time and is eligible for student loans.