Illustration: Introduction - ART 2450 | This course is designed to cover a range of topics in Illustration. Students will be introduced to the various paths they can take within illustration, including editorial, publishing, advertising, visual development, surface design, and fashion Illustration. The wide breadth of content in this course will reinforce critical aspects of the Illustration process, to include: conceptual thinking, expansive iteration, storytelling, and working within set project parameters.
Illustration: Narrative Approaches - ART 3280 | In this course, students will deepen their engagement with source materials by learning to analyze writing, and draw out interesting stories from even the blandest text. The course will cover strategies for pulling themes and key information from text, and students will have opportunities to write and illustrate their own stories. Focusing on editorial, publishing, and advertisement markets, students will gain experience illustrating a wide variety of source materials including: journalistic articles, short fiction, children’s book prose, poetry, scientific journals, interpretive signage, and ad briefs
Illustration: World & Voice - ART 4050 | This course will explore the concept of creating immersive worlds and developing cohesion between images. Students will be encouraged to think about what they are drawing both on and off the page, and how to adapt their work to fit different markets. Aside from broad visual topics such as sequence and continuity, students will begin to look at other potential avenues for illustration, example: character design, visual development, packaging and identity, surface design and sequential art. Students will use this course to develop a consistent way of looking at and interpreting their surroundings on the page, and learn to inject authorship into their role as an illustrator.
Illustration: Capstone ART 4400 | In this course, students will work on assignments that more closely simulate industry requirements and expectations, aiming to create work that is polished and portfolio-ready. Professional development will be a large component of this course, and students will gain enough knowledge to feel confident to enter out into the professional environment, exploring topics like creating a portfolio website, self-promotion, finances, ethics, and both seeking out and creating opportunities for themselves. By the end of the course, students will have a website with a portfolio of work, as well as marketing materials (postcards, business cards, and other eye-catching promotional materials).