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Artists who work as illustrators develop a strong, personal style in their images and use it to support the communication needs of a wide variety of clients. One of the best ways to become an illustrator, and learn the requirements of the field, is to study with working professionals.

At Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, our faculty members guide illustration majors through a curriculum emphasizing strong concepts, knowledge of industry standards and a solid foundation of drawing skills, using industry techniques ranging from manual to electronic and photographic. This balance of conceptual and technical courses help students find their own styles and develop them to the highest possible professional level. Courses in the business of illustration and portfolio preparation also ready students for their future careers.

Illustrators need to meet this industry's high professional standards as soon as they graduate. At Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, illustration majors frequently compete to produce professional assignments for clients brought to class by faculty. Students are required to enter national competitions and given the opportunity to take on professional assignments in their senior year.

Illustration students complete an internship before entering their senior year. This opportunity to produce work for actual clients beside a seasoned professional is the most valuable type of real-world experience an illustration student can have.  

 

 

Illustration Curriculum
 


 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

DGI 205 Typography     1.5 CR
DGI 201 Visual Communication     3.0 CR
DGI 217 Digital I     1.5 CR
DGI 224 Intro to Interactive Design   1.5 CR
DGI 203 Intro to Time-Based Media     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

Spring Semester
IL 213 History of Illustration & Emerging Trends    3.0 CR
DGI 218 Digital II     1.5 CR
IL 205 Figure Anatomy I     1.5 CR
IL 204 Materials & Techniques     3.0 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

 

Tota Credits: 30.0 CR

 


 

Junior Year

Fall Semester

IL 333 Figure Anatomy II    1.5 CR
IL 325 Illustration Studio I     3.0 CR
IL 327 Digital Painting     1.5 CR
DI 313 Visual Development I     3.0 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

Spring Semester
IL 326 Illustration Studio II     3.0 CR
IL 334 Figure Anatomy III     1.5 CR
IL 330 3D Rendering    1.5 CR
DI 314 Visual Development II  3.0 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR

 

 Total Credits: 27.0 CR

Summer Internship (required, non-credit)


 

Senior Year

Fall Semester

IL 407 Senior Illustration Studio I     3.0 CR
IL 411 Advanced Figure I   3.0 CR
DGI 405 Social Media Marketing & Communication     1.5 CR

Illustration Core Elective     3.0 CR
Studio Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

Spring Semester
IL 408 Senior Illustration Studio II     3.0 CR

IL 412 Advanced Figure II     3.0 CR
IL 410 Professional Practices     1.5 CR
Illustration Core Elective     3.0 CR
Studio Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR

 

 Total Credits: 33.0 CR

 

For more information on the illustration curriculum or course descriptions, please download our current catalog.

 

 

 


 Statement of Goals & Outcomes: Illustration Department

 

Students who successfully complete the program will:
• Formulate adn apply concepts in their work via formal expression, conceptual development and contextual dialogue.
• Demonstrate a range of traditional, technical, and digital skills necessary for employment in illustration and related fields such as gaming and animation.
• Formulate and apply critical analysis to their work and the work of others while benefiting from collaboration among disciplines.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the illustration industry and relate fields such as gaming and animation, and the relevancy of their work in the context of that industry, the industry's history, and the broader culture and community.
• Engage in the business and practical realities of the illustration industry and related fields such as gaming and animation, understand and employ appropriate business trends and standards, and develop a portfolio of work relevant to acquiring work in their chosen industry.


 

Foundation Department

Digital Media
Fine Art
Graphic Design
Photography
Liberal Arts Department
Laptop/Camera Requirements
Student Artwork

 



 

 

 

 

 


 

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