Digital Illustration

digital-4llustration students who specialize in digital illustration produce artwork using a variety of software in a range of applications including publishing work, advertising art and children’s books. Courses include Art Direction, Concept Art, Advertising Art and Digital Illustration. Students develop a foundation in traditional drawing and painting techniques and adapt these approaches to a digital medium. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and creating a final portfolio and website in digital media.

Digital Illustration Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

Technical 
1. Apply various methods to create a cohesive portfolio of consistently styled illustrations. 
  • Demonstrate technical competence using media. 
  • Creatively apply principles of composition and design
  • Apply illustration methods to sequential storytelling.
  • Artwork adheres to project specific guidelines and specifications.
Theoretical 
2. Conceptualize a visual solution independently or as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate originality and creativity. 
  • Focus on concept using visual language and problem solving skills 
  • to create illustrations that express a unique and personal vision. 
  • Exhibit the ability to develop a concept from thumbnail to finish.
  • Apply critical thinking to solve problems.
  • Be able to take direction.
  • Be able to create, gather and utilize reference material.
  • Exhibit an awareness of artistic directions in contemporary illustration.
Professional Practices 
3. Apply professional practices to the illustration field to include:
  • Displaying a consistently styled portfolio of work using various presentation formats. 
  • The ability to create and prepare art for commercial reproduction.
  • Understanding the role of different creative professionals in the industry.
  • Work habits (time management, respect for deadlines, artwork presented professionally)
  • Employ knowledge of the marketplace and a strategy for personal success. 
  • Marketing and promotion, options and trends.
  • Professional strategies for social networking
  • Preparation for various career options by possessing a variety of graphic art skills
  • Care, documentation, delivering, and labeling of artwork
  • Documents, forms, and applicable legal obligations
  • Conducting oneself in business situations with poise and confidence.  

Career Opportunities

  • Freelance Illustrator
  • Product Designer
  • Presentation Design
  • Caricature
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Art Director
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Comic Book Colorist
  • Creative Director
  • Web Designer
  •  Product Development

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration- Specialization in Digital Illustration

Sample Program
 

Semester 1

Fundamentals of Art I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Beginning Life Drawing I 5 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition I 3 Semester Credit Hours
College Success Seminar 1 Semester Credit Hour

 

Semester 2

Fundamentals of Art II          5 Semester Credit Hours
Beginning Life Drawing II 5 Semester Credit Hours
Anatomy 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 3

Illustration I 5 Semester Credit Hours      
Digital Graphic Foundations 5 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition II 3 Semester Credit Hours
Art History I 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 4

Illustration II 5 Semester Credit Hours 
Electronic Imaging 5 Semester Credit Hours
Oral Communication 3 Semester Credit Hours
Art History II 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 5

Digital Illustration I 5 Semester Credit Hours 
Introduction to Photographic Imaging 5 Semester Credit Hours
Quantitative Literacy 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Visual Culture; Art and Activism; or Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 6

Digital Illustration II 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five) Illustration: Advertising Art; Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art; Concept Art; Art Direction; or Multimedia I: Interactive Graphics 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of three) Advanced Anatomy; Intro to Lab Science; or Vision, Light and Color 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of four) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Contemporary Visual Culture; or Art and Activism 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 7

(Two of eight) Illustration: Advertising Art; Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art; Concept Art; Storyboarding; Art Direction; Multimedia I: Interactive Multimedia Design; Studio Lighting and Techniques; or Typography I 2 Classes for a Total of 10 Semester Credit Hours 
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 8

Portfolio: Illustration 5 Semester Credit Hours                                 
Advanced Illustration 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of seven) Survey of American Illustration; History of Graphic Design; 20th Century and Contemporary Art History; Art History: Renaissance and Baroque; Art History: Art and Technology; Art History: Rococo and Neo-Classical; or World Art 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of three) Advanced Anatomy; Introduction to Lab Science; or Vision, Light and Color 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

122 Total Credits Required for the BFA Degree in Illustration-Specialization in Digital Illustration

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