Illustration

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 illustration faculty guide their students 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 Student Artwork

Illustration Curriculum

CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
DGI 205 Typography I 1.5
DGI 201 Visual Communication 3.0
DGI 217 Digital I 1.5
DGI 221 Introduction to Interactive Design 1.5
DGI 203 Introduction to Time-Based Media 1.5
Spring Semester
IL 213 History of Illustration & Emerging Trends 3.0
DGI 218 Digital II 1.5
IL 205 Introduction to Figure Anatomy 1.5
IL 220 Materials, Methods & Techniques 3.0
CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
IL 333 Figure Anatomy 1.5
IL 325 Illustration Studio I 3.0
IL 327 Digital Painting 1.5
DI 313 Visual Development I 3.0
Spring Semester
IL 326 Illustration Studio II 3.0
IL 336 3D Head & Figure 3.0
DI 314 Visual Development II 3.0
CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
IL 407 Senior Illustration Studio I 3.0
IL 411 Figure in Motion 3.0
DGI 405 Social Media Marketing & Communications 1.5
Spring Semester
IL 408 Senior Illustration Studio II 3.0
IL 412 Figure Utilization II 3.0
IL 410 Professional Practices (Illustration) 1.5
CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
DGI 205 Typography I 1.5
DGI 201 Visual Communication 3.0
DGI 217 Digital I 1.5
DGI 221 Introduction to Interactive Design 1.5
DGI 203 Introduction to Time-Based Media 1.5
Spring Semester
IL 213 History of Illustration & Emerging Trends 3.0
DGI 218 Digital II 1.5
IL 205 Introduction to Figure Anatomy 1.5
IL 220 Materials, Methods & Techniques 3.0
Fall Semester
IL 333 Figure Anatomy 1.5
IL 325 Illustration Studio I 3.0
IL 327 Digital Painting 1.5
DI 313 Visual Development I 3.0
Spring Semester
IL 326 Illustration Studio II 3.0
IL 336 3D Head & Figure 3.0
DI 314 Visual Development II 3.0
Fall Semester
IL 407 Senior Illustration Studio I 3.0
IL 411 Figure in Motion 3.0
DGI 405 Social Media Marketing & Communications 1.5
Spring Semester
IL 408 Senior Illustration Studio II 3.0
IL 412 Figure Utilization II 3.0
IL 410 Professional Practices (Illustration) 1.5

Students who successfully complete the program will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to judge, adapt, and incorporate historical and/or contemporary influences and perspectives in their creative and intellectual processes.
  • Demonstrate a range of traditional and digital skills in the creation of illustrations that are an effective union of concept, medium, and craft.
  • Demonstrate deliberate and effective communication through an informed and influential visual and verbal language unique to the illustration industry and its related fields.
  • Engage in the business and practical realities of the illustration industry and its related fields while developing an influential body of work that adheres to appropriate trends and standards.

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