The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University’s comprehensive BFA program covers a wide range of Illustration markets including graphic narratives from children's books to comics, character design, concept art, editorial, surface design, and more.
At AIB, you'll have the chance to focus on the areas of illustration
that most interest you while also exploring other disciplines in the
arts and liberal arts. The Illustration curriculum stresses the development of unique ideas, and of drawing skills as the basis for communicating ideas. AIB's Illustration courses will help you grow your natural abilities and master the skills you need to develop as a visual thinker with a distinctive voice and authentic personal style.The BFA Illustration program of study begins with a thorough grounding in the basics of drawing, composition, color, and art history while encouraging experimentation of all kinds. The foundation year curriculum will open you up to art in all its iterations as well as the ever broadening field of illustration. Coursework allows you to explore and experiment with traditional and digital techniques, hone your conceptual and narrative skills, deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, develop the promotional and business tools you'll need to succeed professionally. AIB’s small size makes it possible for students to work closely with our talented teachers. Our nationally recognized faculty 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. Our visiting artist program gives you the chance to learn from—and exchange ideas with—some of today's foremost illustrators.
Department Outcomes:Specific work skills for Illustration Majors
Alternative ComixWeekly assignments will push your storytelling skills, while class lectures will demonstrate the vast range of comic book genres and production methods—from low-tech to polished and low-brow to avant garde.Anatomy & Figure DrawingThrough lectures and drawings from the figure, skeleton, and imagination, you’ll engage in a thorough study of the human skeletal and muscular systems and explore the complex issues of figure composition.
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“From Art History to Hyper Culture and Figure Drawing to Printmaking, every class I took at AIB helped shape who I am as an artist.” — Renee Kurilla, Illustration BFA ’04, Lead Artist, Fablevision | www.kurillastration.com