Illustrators, drawing from observation and imagination, visually interpret a narrative, theme or point of view through the use of media. The illustration coursework emphasizes technique and creative solutions as they apply to specific illustration areas such as narrative, editorial, book, advertising and institutional.
Students can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. In both majors, they practice object drawing with emphasis toward rendering materials and techniques used in perspective, spacial organization and use of reference material. Courses explore the use of illustration as communication in conceptual problem solving and visualizations of ideas.
Students learn how to evaluate client needs and build a concept for a specific intended audience. Discussion also centers on the challenges in developing work for reproduction, as well as exploration of various illustration techniques and their application in the illustration field.
Illustration Students at Work
In both degree programs, Illustration majors hone their still life, typography, graphic design, and other skills, in addition to traditional illustration. View examples of student work in illustration.
Illustration undergraduate degrees prepare artists to pursue the following professional opportunities: children’s book illustration, advertising, fashion illustration, information graphics, illustration for the Web, and more.