Illustration

Illustration_mainThe Illustration Department offers an area of study for students who want a career in professional illustration. The successful illustrator is able to convey emotions, interpret events, tell a story or market a product or idea through the use of artistic concepts and images. Illustrators must master a wide range of drawing media and techniques to meet the objectives of a wide range of employers and projects.

Students in Illustration learn to produce work of high quality that is stylistically strong and reproducible. Classes emphasize flexibility, follow-through and a high level of professionalism.

Projects assigned are based on realistic job situations. Students learn to work independently and as a team to conceptualize and complete projects. They demonstrate proficiency and versatility in producing work for publication. Consistency, confidence and personal style are emphasized as the student develops a professional portfolio.

Illustration students cultivate professional skills that will prepare them for successful careers. Some of these skills include creating an illustration from verbal or visual instruction, following a solid work process from concept to completion and applying marketing principles to creating freelance opportunities.

The Illustration curriculum and faculty guide students through a series of increasingly complex illustrations for advertising and editorial use. Students also concentrate on merging their traditional training with digital skills to prepare them for the rapid technological advances in the field. Students produce a final portfolio that exhibits personal illustrative style and abilities in design, page layout and art direction.

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 Illustration
  • Figurative Illustration
  • Product Designer
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Caricature
  • News & Courtroom Illustration
  • Computer-GeneratedIllustration
  • Advertising
  • Art Director
  • Storyboard Rendering
  • Graphic Designer
  • Layout Design
  • Product Development
  • Muralist
  • Comic Book Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Modelmaker
  • Presentation Design

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in 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      
(One of three) Oil Painting I; Watercolor Painting I; or Drawing for Illustrators 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 
(One of seven) Figurative Sculpture I; Oil Painting I; Oil Painting II; Watercolor I; Watercolor II; Landscape Watercolor Painting; or Drawing for Illustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours
Oral Communication 3 Semester Credit Hours
Art History II 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 5

(One of five) Drawing for Illustrators; Storyboarding; Introduction to Photographic Imaging; Typography I; or Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art 5 Semester Credit Hours 
Digital Graphic Foundations 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

(Two of eight) Art Direction I; Web Design I; Storyboarding; Illustration: Advertising Art; Introduction to Photographic Imaging; Illustration: Editorial and Publishing Art; Typography I; or Digital Illustration I 2 Classes for a Total of 10 Semester Credit Hours   
(One of five) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Visual Culture; Art and Activism; or Introduction to Psychology 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of three) Advanced Anatomy; Intro to Lab Science; or Vision, Light and Color 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 7

(One of four) Illustration: Advertising Art; Digital Illustration I; Art Direction I; or Design for Illustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours     
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 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 five) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Contemporary Visual Culture; Art and Activism; or Introduction to Psychology 3 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

122 Total Credits Required for the BFA Degree in Illustration


 

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