The Illustration BFA program encompasses a wide range of professional markets, including graphic narratives from children's books to comics, character design, concept art, editorial, and surface design.
Undergraduate Illustration students have the opportunity to focus on the
areas of illustration
that they find most interesting, as well as explore other disciplines in
arts and liberal arts. The Illustration curriculum not only stresses the
development of drawing skills but also the development of unique ideas
as the basis for communicating ideas.
BFA Illustration studies begin with a thorough grounding in the
basics of drawing, composition, color, and art history while encouraging
experimentation of all kinds. The Foundation Year curriculum immerses students to a wide range of subjects that will aid
in their development as an artist and prepare them for the ever
broadening field of illustration.
The goal of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Illustration program is for students to master the skills needed as a visual thinker, hone their conceptual and narrative skills and develop a distinctive voice and authentic personal style that will distinguish them professionally following graduation. Students will also be constantly developing a professional portfolio during their tenure in the program, allowing them to effectively promote themselves in a highly competitive field.
The undergraduate Illustration program's small size makes it possible for students to work closely with our talented faculty. These nationally recognized instructors includes working illustrators from diverse backgrounds who represent a variety of viewpoints and illustration techniques. This group brings knowledge of current developments in the field and real-world professional skills to their classroom. The visiting artist program also gives students the chance to learn from—and exchange ideas with—some of today's foremost illustrators.
The focus of this course is on risk-taking, discovery, and response as it relates to creating an image without tightly prescribed results. These goals are pursued through the exploration of a variety of media, such as gouache, acrylic, mixed-media, 3-D, and transfer techniques. An atmosphere of artful play and serendipity is promoted, which is then capitalized on through controlled experimentation.
The subject of this course is painting as a process and medium for creating finished illustrations. The focus is the use of the medium and varied sources of reference to produce cohesive, articulate, and compelling illustrations. The development of personal style is encouraged.
Associate Professor, Chair of Illustration
Associate Professor of Illustration
Liberal Arts and General Education
Graduate Alumni Artwork
Graduate Faculty Artwork
Pre-College Student Artwork
Undergraduate Faculty Artwork
Undergraduate Student Artwork
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Renee Kurilla, Illustration BFA ’04, Lead Artist - Fablevision, www.kurillastration.com - “From Art History to Hyper Culture and Figure Drawing to Printmaking, every class I took at Lesley helped shape who I am as an artist.”
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