Students will gain an understanding of the expressive nature of illustration in a variety of media. Students will learn how to communicate ideas visually, solve problems and think critically. Students will be able to develop techniques and skills to service content.
Students acquire knowledge about the history of illustration, contemporary theories and practice, and relevant critical language. Students generate a variety of assignments leading up to a self-directed body of work and articulate their work within a historical and contemporary context. Students gain competency and confidence in working for potential clients as well as directing and executing their ideas. and being aware of contemporary illustrators who continue to define the discipline. Through research and imitation, they acquire a working knowledge of the concepts and techniques of the illustrators who have made a significant contribution to this discipline and define its current practice.
Students gain competency in drawing skills including natomy and figure, and representational and abstract. Students are able to explore with a variety of mediums and tools in 2D and 3D, such as pen and ink, paint, computer, clay, collage, pastel, and scratchboard. Experimentation is encouraged. Students develop an understanding of the nature of taking risks with their work and their relationship to it. They become experts in drawing, with familiarity in many types of drawing: systems drawing, perspective, visual conceits, process, sketching (tracing, thumbnails, roughs) observational drawing (life forms, objects, space), and conceptual drawing.
Students write an artist statement and professional resume, create a website to promote their work, design and print a postcard for mailing, and develop a client list to send sample work to. Students develop the ability to document their work digitally. Students gain confidence and are provided with the opportunity to meet with and seek out professionals in the field for opportunities of work and internships. Students gain an understanding of how to seek clients, price work, and run a freelance business as an illustrator. They have a sense of the contemporary illustration market and the breadth of skills needed to be successful in this field. Students gain an awareness of the transferability and versatility of their education into the related fields of graphic design, art direction, pre-press, publishing and all areas of the fine and graphic arts.