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Illustration by Neysa McMein, courtesy of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library.
The MFA-IVC program combines studio practice in illustration and writing with the study of visual and material culture. With a focus on illustrator authorship, this two-year, fully residential program is made for illustrators, comic artists, and designers who are interested in popular visual matter of the modern period. We draw on the vast resources of Washington University, including the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library.
Applications Now Open!
Applications for fall 2022 admission to our MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program are now open in SlideRoom. The deadline is February 7.

“The MFA-IVC studio is a gorgeous space. There’s amazing light and lots of areas to work. It’s very communal—but you also have the privacy to focus on making great work.”

MFA-IVC Faculty

Who will I be studying with?

MFA-IVC faculty include leading illustrators, writers, and scholars. They create picture books, zines, graphic nonfiction, and comics. They research and write on diverse topics, like spacial justice, feminism, politics, illustration + design theory, and material culture. And, they also love teaching.

4 page sketchbook spreads with different illustrations.
John Hendrix, professor and MFA-IVC program chair. Sketchbook panels from his “Drawing in Church” series.

About St. Louis

What does St. Louis look like...through an illustrator's eyes?

We have to say, it looks pretty amazing. Check out our Illustrated Guide to St. Louis.

What does St. Louis look like...through *regular* eyes?

On our main St. Louis page, you’ll find all the deets about our favorite city: where to go, what to do, and—most importantly—where to eat.

OMG, I want to visit!

We want you to visit, too! You’ll find all the info you need here.


Program Publications

Official publication of the MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program at the Sam Fox School.

Want to score a print edition of The Graphic Vindicator ...and a lil' swag?

Well, of course you do.