Illustration (BFA)

Statement of Purpose

Illustration is expressive visual communication, a pictorial commentary that stimulates the viewer to reflect and react. It is the mission of the Department of Illustration to encourage creative vision and prepare students for the challenges of professional practice.

Through a curriculum that emphasizes the fundamentals of drawing, painting, design, visual concepts and professionalism, the Department of Illustration’s aim is to offer an education that will be applicable to a variety of disciplines in the visual arts, as well as new and emerging communication fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Process-Ideation and Visualization. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop solutions through analytical and intuitive approaches to problem solving.
    1. Ability to conceptualize and problem-solve.
    2. Understanding and application of principles of design
  2. Drawing and Painting in Traditional and Digital Media. Students will demonstrate competence and facility in a variety of media relevant to the field of Illustration.
    1. Command of drawing.
    2. Opportunities to work with current technologies related to Illustration.
  3. Professionalism. Students will demonstrate the ability to function within the profession of Illustration effectively.
    1. Professional presentation of a professional quality body of work.
    2. Experience working in creative collaboration.
    3. Flexibility in adapting to career opportunities.
    4. Understanding of professional standards and responsibilities
    5. Demonstrate individual responsibility for self-directed learning and perseverance towards goal attainment.
  4. Communication. Students will demonstrate the ability to create pictures that communicate to a mass audience with impact and style.
    1. Understanding of relationship between graphic design and typography to Illustration.
    2. Demonstrate an individual voice and visual vocabulary.
    3. Verbalizing and writing about aspects of visual communication.
  5. Industry Knowledge. Students will demonstrate a functional knowledge of the history of illustration, including its origins in the fine arts, and its relationship to written communication.
    1. Awareness of historical and contemporary trends in illustration and the visual arts
    2. Knowledge of professional/business practices.

General Education Curriculum

Liberal Arts 

Writing Elective (recommended: CRWR 322 Writing Picture Books; CRWR 323 Writing for Young Adults; CRWR 318 Writing Comics & Graphic Narrative; CRWR 319 Writing Horror; CRWR 320 Writing Fantasy; CRWR 321 Writing Science Fiction)

Literature and Media Studies Elective (recommended: LMST 272 Myth and Symbol in Media; LMST 340 Literature of Comics & The Graphic Narrative; LMST 341 Children’s Literature)

Arts and Humanities Elective (recommended: ARHU 360 Classical Mythology in Literature, Art, and Music)

Item #
Title
Credits
Writing Elective  +
3
Literature and Media Studies Elective  +
3
Scientific Practices Elective  +
3
Arts and Humanities Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
24

General Education

Item #
Title
Credits
General Education Elective  +
3
General Education Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
6

Art and Design History

Item #
Title
Credits
Art History Upper-Level Elective  +
3
Art History Upper-Level Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
12

Area of Emphasis

Admission to the Visual Development emphasis in the Illustration major is by portfolio review in the spring of student's second year. Other elective courses in Visual Development are available to those in the General Illustration major.

Open Electives

Item #
Title
Credits
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
12
Total credits:
120

Course Sequencing

General Emphasis

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Open Electives  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Open Electives  +
3
Art History Upper-Level Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
General Education Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Art History Upper-Level Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
General Education Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Visual Development Emphasis

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Open Electives  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Open Electives  +
3
Art History Upper-Level Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
General Education Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Art History Upper-Level Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
General Education Elective  +
3
Open Electives  +
3
Liberal Arts Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Overview

Department

Type

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Curriculum Map