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 both 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 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:
 
 
 

Career Opportunities

 

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 two) Oil Painting I; Watercolor Painting I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Art History I 3 Semester Credit Hours
Oral Communication 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 4

Drawing for Illustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours 
(One of five) Figurative Sculpture I; Oil Painting I; Oil Painting II;
Watercolor I; Watercolor II
5 Semester Credit Hours
Art History II 3 Semester Credit Hours

(One of two) Film and Society or Introduction to Psychology

3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 5

(One of five) Storyboarding; Introduction to Photographic 
Imaging; Typography I; Illustration: Visual Storytelling; Concept Art
5 Semester Credit Hours 
Digital Graphic Foundations 5 Semester Credit Hours
Quantitative Literacy 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of four) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures;
Psychology; Adulthood: Relationships, Wellness, or Stress and Longevity
3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 6

(Two of nine) Art Direction I; Web Design I; Storyboarding; Illustration:

Advertising Art; Introduction to Photographic Imaging; Illustration:   Editorial and Publishing Art; Typography I; Digital Illustration I; or Concept Art

2 Classes for a Total of 
10 Semester Credit Hours   

(One of three) Advanced Anatomy; Introduction to Science Labs;
Vision, or Light and Color
3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of four)Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures;
Psychology; Adulthood: Relationships, Wellness, or Stress and Longevity
3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 7

(One of six) Illustration: Advertising Art; Digital Illustration I;
Art Direction; Design for Illustrators; Concept Art; Internship
5 Semester Credit Hours     
Advanced Illustration 5 Semester Credit Hours
studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 Semester Credit Hours


Semester 8

Portfolio: Illustration 5 Semester Credit Hours                                 
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level; or Internship 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; World Art 
3 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition II  3 Semester Credit Hours

122 Total Credits Required for the BFA Degree in Illustration


 

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