Illustration has a significant cultural role, fostering and reflecting current taste
and promoting vocabulary, imagery and ideas expressed in avant-garde style to the
Use imaginative techniques of pictorial representation and a unique visual signature
to convey ideas that intrigue, excite, move, or inform. Illustration also provides
a venue to interpret political and societal issues, moral concerns and current events.
The illustration concentration focuses on effective communication, conceptual abilities
and proficiency in media skills.
Pursue your distinct style as you learn illustration principles, including compositional
and textual layout and technical skills in a variety of media. Develop your conceptual
talents in forming ideas and solving problems as you convey your messages in an original
visual language. You will be challenged by a wide variety of assignments that reflect
the ever-changing field of contemporary illustration.
Choose from two options: the traditional media option draws on a range of classical
art skills, and the digital media option allows you to use computer software to produce
digital imagery. Students obtain knowledge that can be applied to many professional
pursuits. Students in this concentration receive a Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) degree.
View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Participate in an internship at a graphic design studio, advertising agency, book publisher or in the animation,
film, television or computer game industries, among other placements. Work with faculty
members to select the best internship placement.