The Illustration 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. (Banner image by Amy Bouchard, Class of 2016)
The Illustration program is all about creativity, professionalism, and serious play. You choose illustration because you have a story to tell, a character to bring to life, a sequence to storyboard, or are just compelled to create. Using visual language and a wide range of tools and methods, you'll have the skills to conceptualize and execute projects that prepare you for a professional Illustration career. We promote a variety of approaches to studio work; from traditional to experimental, from 2D to 3D, from classic mediums to the latest digital technology.
Alina MacLean, Senior, Illustration
You will create a large and varied portfolio of work while exploring the many areas contemporary illustrators occupy. You learn how great illustrative ideas are conceived and developed through art direction into compelling images. Your first year builds the foundation for you to become more sophisticated and professional in developing concepts – using appropriate techniques, and creating and presenting engaging work. This is an ongoing and iterative undertaking that begins in art school and continues throughout your career.
We guide you to your goals through rigorous and engaging course work and critique, individual mentoring, healthy and supportive collaboration with your peers. Our active community includes well known visiting artists, trips to museums, professional internships, and a philosophy of involvement in global and popular culture.
We know that the successful illustrator has a strong and unique voice that combines ideas, mediums and techniques. As an illustrator, you will have learned the professional marketing skills to successfully promote work - from visual narratives in children's books and comics, to character design, storyboard, editorial, and surface design. Illustration offers infinite possibilities for you to leave your mark.
Vee Lewandowski, Class of 2016
From short, autobiographical meditations to thousand page historical epics, indie and alternative authors create comics from low-tech to polished, from low-brow to avant garde. Weekly assignments will push your storytelling skills, while class lectures demonstrate the vast range of comic book genres and production methods. Your comics can be anything you want, and in this class, they will be.
In this course you examine adornments, such as garments, tattoos, piercings, hairstyles, and jewelry, and how they are used as expression and self-identification. Through readings and lectures you are presented with the cultural context to understand adornment in its many forms. This knowledge will serve you in the development of characters for illustration, sequential narratives, and animation. You will experiment with a variety of media; drawing from radically clothed models, and developing adornments and fashions of your own.
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Illustration APC Certificate
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