Course Information

for Illustration Department


Illustration: Composition (IL201)


This course is a continuation of Studio Arts 1, focusing on the study of compositional principles, formats and visual elements as related to the art of illustration. Illustration will be studied in its broadest applications including print and digital media. Students will be required to develop ideas through visual and academic research and demonstrate inventive, creative and strategic thinking. Course content includes lectures, demonstrations, field work, guest designers and studio work.

Illustration: Process and Media (IL203)


This course is designed to challenge the student to explore a broad range of medium applications as they execute figurative imagery by means of traditional professional materials and techniques. Students will be exposed to and develop new skills producing images using a combination of professional techniques. Through a series of teacher demonstrations and studio assignments, lectures, class discussions and critiques, we will study medium application and the processes of traditional and contemporary of figurative imagery making. Students will build on their previous experience as they are encouraged to utilize new methods to achieve technical proficiency. The emphasis will remain on the individual’s development of skill and creative critical thinking.

Comic Book Art (IL210)


This course is an introduction to the art of comic books. Students will be presented with the concepts of storytelling, frame sequencing, composition, combining text and image, graphic reduction and the language of comic book anatomy. The relationship between hand executed sketches, studies and digital media will be explored.

Illustration: Narrative (IL302)


A variety of strategies are explored to create illustrated imagery for storybooks, storyboards, informational graphics, and graphic novels. Students will develop a basic knowledge of technical processes required to produce finished art, including work with graphic arts software to assemble and output digitally illustrated files for a professionally printed and publishable content. Emphasis is on narrative sequencing, composition, and technical refinement.

Illustration: Special Topics (IL303)


Students work individually to develop an interest area of illustration to produce work to build a portfolio and prepare for Advanced Tutorial. Students may propose assignments with faculty approval or work from assignments presented by faculty. Professional illustrators can serve as mentors for students. Contemporary illustrators and illustration will be studied to further an understanding of the field. Students will also be expected to become knowledgeable of professional organizations that support the illustration industry. All assignments will be positioned in the context and expectations of “real-world” work and in preparation for thesis work and may include client based work.

Illustration: Communication (IL304)


Through a series of studio assignments, lectures, studio visits and class discussions, students will explore, develop and execute visual solutions to a variety of visual communication problems. Communication categories include promotional, editorial, enhancive, and narrative. This course will also study the relationship between media, visual aesthetics and communication. Students will be required to develop ideas through visual and academic research and demonstrate inventive, creative and strategic thinking. The use of conventional and digital media will be demonstrated