Syracuse University is a private, research university located in Syracuse, New York. The school maintains a relationship with the United Methodist Church, but has identified itself as nonsectarian since 1920. Syracuse has around 1,500 academic staff members and 22,000 total students. Syracuse is organized into 13 schools and colleges, and has an endowment of $1.25 billion.
Syracuse offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. It is a three-year program that involves the completion of 60 credits. The program also offers an MFA in Studio Arts, which may be completed in two or three years of study. Credits from these programs include requirements in:
- Studio intensives or Major Studio
- Free Electives
- Seminar Classes on theory or professional practices
- Graduate Critique Classes
Students finish the programs through either the completion and exhibition of a formal thesis, for the studio art option. For the Illustration MFA students complete a final presentation.
The Studio Arts program has specific emphases available in Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting, Print Media & Graphic Art, and Sculpture. Syracuse offers a semester residency program that focuses on career development through work with notable art centers in locations such as Los Angeles, London, or Florence. Applicants must submit a portfolio of their work and an artist’s statement.