The mission of the Illustration program is to prepare students to understand and use pictorial imagery to communicate a concept, message, or narrative to impact an audience. The program provides a strong foundation of image creation and project development through the application of traditional and digital media techniques that are relevant to contemporary print and web-based publishers.

  • To introduce the students to the critical skills needed for effective visual communication
  • To develop variety of media skills necessary for strong visual solutions to assignments
  • To link the traditional concepts, theories, and practice of illustration with an ever-evolving marketplace and the latest in design technology
  • To inform students about the historical continuity of the profession of Illustration and to give them a professional background of the field of publishing business
  • Demonstrate visual-communicative abilities and implement basic design principles to address narrative or conceptual projects
  • Develop strong visual and artistic skills using a variety of illustrative techniques, both traditional and digital, in black and white and color
  • Apply the process of an Illustration project – from research of the subject to developing ideas through sketching – to finished image
  • Create work in series of images maintaining a cohesive stylistic approach and demonstrated execution of Illustration program competencies

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Concentrations for Illustration
  • Book & Editorial

    Book illustration is visually interpreting a narrative for children, young readers, or adults using a cohesive style and technique. Editorial illustration employs a strong conceptual component, visually translating a message regarding current events, business, social, political or cultural issues.

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  • Sequential Art

    Create graphic novels and illustrated short stories, developing an individual style and graphic vocabulary.

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  • Comic Art

    Explore visual storytelling with dramatic action, fantastic adventures and heroic characters through color, line, and dynamic compositions.

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