Digital Illustration

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Illustration degree program provides a curriculum integrating drawing and illustration with the digital technologies required for a career in the commercial art field. Digital illustration students build upon foundation skills in drawing, color theory, perspective, and composition to create original, effective, and audience-appropriate illustrations using various digital techniques. Assignments are based on jobs typical of those given in the professional arena such as advertising, publishing, concept, and editorial illustration. The digital illustration curriculum also provides students opportunities to review trends in contemporary digital art, learn about freelance business practices, and begin to develop their own illustration style. Digital illustration students are required to develop skills with both raster and vector based illustration software, as well as computer hardware, including scanners and tablets. Digital illustration students are also taught traditional media methods and are encouraged to continue their development in this area and combine it effectively with digital media. Critical thinking, assessment of work, and presentation are integrated throughout the digital illustration curriculum. Students complete the program by developing a portfolio of digital illustration work that demonstrates the student's creative vision and personal style.

 

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 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 (One of three) DigitalGraphicFoundations; ElectronicImaging; orDrawingforIllustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition II  5 Semester Credit Hours
Art History I

 

3 Semester Credit Hours
   

 

Semester 4

Illustration II (One of three) DigitalGraphicFoundations; ElectronicImaging; orDrawingforIllustrators 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 two) Film and Society or Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 6

Digital Illustration II 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of six) Illustration: Advertising Art; Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art; Concept Art; Art Direction; or Multimedia I: Interactive Graphics; Drawing for Illustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of three) Advanced Anatomy; Intro to Science Labs; or Vision, Light and Color 3 Semester Credit Hours

(One of four) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Psychology; or Adulthood: Relationships, Wellness, Stress and Longevity

 

3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 7

(Two of nine) Illustration: Advertising Art; Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art; Concept Art; Storyboarding; Art Direction; Multimedia I: Interactive Graphics; Studio Lighting and Techniques; or Typography I; Internship; Drawing for Illustrators

10 Semester Credit Hours 
Advanced Illustration 5 Semester Credit Hours

Semester 8

Portfolio: Illustration 5 Semester Credit Hours

(One of nine) Illustration: Advertising Art; Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art; Concept Art; Storyboarding; Art Direction; Multimedia I: Interactive Graphics; Studio Lighting and Techniques; or Typography I; Internship; Drawing for Illustrators

5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five) Survey of American Illustration; History of Graphic Design; 20th Century and Contemporary Art History; Art History: Renaissance and Baroque; or World Art 3 Semester Credit Hours

(One of four) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Psychology; or Adulthood: Relationships, Wellness, Stress and Longevity

3 Semester Credit Hours

 

122 Total Credits Required for the BFA Degree in Digital Illustration

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