Program Overview

The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia offers a Master of Arts in Illustration. The curriculum is 45 credit hours completed through nine courses. The courses are composed of the following: Contemporary Art, Illustration Techniques I, Drawing for Illustrators, Illustration Concepts & Composition, Computer Illustration, Illustration Markets, Directed Projects in Illustration, Illustration MA Final Project, and one 500 to 700 level elective.

Intensive coursework may be assigned, if necessary. These courses include: Illustration Strategies, Drawing Strategies for Illustration, and Influences in Illustration.

The MA Illustration program focuses on practical elements of illustration, such as portfolio presentation, marketing, and invoicing. SCAD Illustration students often receive multiple accolades for their portfolios. The program emphasizes the importance of reaching a variety of audiences, while promoting their art. Students are educated on every aspect of the design process from start to finish through a variety of techniques, ranging from traditional practices to new emerging technologies.

The Illustration MA Final Project must demonstrate the student’s proficiency in illustration through a portfolio or another format. Students are expected to develop a professional portfolio that showcases their personal style through many compositions. This project must be completed in printed or digital form.

SCAD Illustration graduates have been hired by the following companies: Hallmark, American Greetings, TBC Advertising, Cartoon Network, Dutton Children's Books, GAS Design Studio, National Museum of American Illustration, Augsburg Fortress, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., Simon & Schuster, and others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or should anticipate completion of a bachelor's degree before enrollment in the graduate program. All applicants are evaluated individually according to previous educational experience and level of achievement.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1978, the private not-for-profit Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) first opened its doors in the historic Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory. Though the structure still remains vital to the campus, SCAD has expanded globally. The college has four physical campuses located in Atlanta, Savannah, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France, as well as an eLearning program. The stated mission of SCAD is "to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment."

    SCAD confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students can pursue certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs through SCAD eLearning. Courses at SCAD’s online campus mirror those of its physical campuses with “one-on-one attention” delivered by the same highly qualified instructors. Students have the option to complete their entire degree online, or blend eLearning with on-campus coursework.


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