I frigging' swear to God...
I have been searching and searching for the last year. There is absolutely no variety for illustration programs anywhere. I seriously resent how Universities and other art academies push fine arts into the MFA genre but really puss out on illustration. There is a crap ton of money in illustration compared to struggling and getting ripped off in a fine art gallery. Yet, there is a total lack of MFA illustration programs anywhere. I mean there is.. SVA? Which I plan to apply for. Realistically, I have a chance to get in. On the flip side it's going to put me 120,000 in debt. What other choices are there? Illustration programs are few and far between. I had thought about applying to a State University where I would have a good chance of going for free but.. I would have to concentrate in painting or drawing and then pawn it off as being illustration. And I probably wouldn't meet people in the industry because I took a free ride in Iowa or some crap.
So.. Here are the MFA Illustration choices...
1)School of Visual Arts, NY
2)Academy of Art ,San Fran
3)Savannah College, Atlanta
4)Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
Uh.. that's it?
So I believe the consensus is to just go for MFA in Studio Art and bend your thesis into making Illustration fit into whatever you are doing? Problem is you will not meet people in the biz and you won't make connections as easily. It is completely retarded. So.. There it is for anyone looking for MFA Illustration programs. There are none. Many fine art Universities discourage illustration and I think a lack of MFA programs is the smoking gun.
Still applying to SVA though. Just hope I can get enough loans to pay for it.