Balance imagination with skill refinement

Illustrators arouse curiosity, stimulate interest, tell stories, and illuminate issues. Our bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program balances imagination and individual expression with continual refinement of skills in drawing, painting, design, and research.

Vanessa Castillo ’16 | FKA Twigs Vanessa Castillo ’16 | FKA Twigs
Sabrina Elahi ’16 | Locks of Hair Sabrina Elahi ’16 | Locks of Hair
Olivia Ferlenda ’16 | Winter Time in the City Olivia Ferlenda ’16 | Winter Time in the City
Daisy Gan ’16 | Cinderella Daisy Gan ’16 | Cinderella
Son Tuyen Huynh ’16 | Fence Son Tuyen Huynh ’16 | Fence
Yoon Ah Jeong ’17 | The Stroke Yoon Ah Jeong ’17 | The Stroke
Lindsey Leigh ’16 | Bug Lineup Lindsey Leigh ’16 | Bug Lineup
Lindsey Leigh ’16 | Cinderella Lindsey Leigh ’16 | Cinderella
Sherry Liu ’16 | Untitled Sherry Liu ’16 | Untitled
Christina Mastrull ’15 | Handmaid's Tale Christina Mastrull ’15 | Handmaid's Tale
Nathaniel McClennen ’15 | Ultimate Playground Nathaniel McClennen ’15 | Ultimate Playground
Christie O'Donnell ’16 | Aesop Christie O'Donnell ’16 | Aesop
Christie O'Donnell ’16 | Postcard Christie O'Donnell ’16 | Postcard
Natalie Riess ’15 | Dragon Spread Natalie Riess ’15 | Dragon Spread
Bernardo Rodriguez ’18 | Untitled for a Reason Bernardo Rodriguez ’18 | Untitled for a Reason
Will Smith IV ’16 | Game Postcards Will Smith IV ’16 | Game Postcards
Will Smith IV ’16 | Kraken Will Smith IV ’16 | Kraken
Lise Sukhu ’15 | Children Lise Sukhu ’15 | Children
Carly Wright ’18 | Wild Things Carly Wright ’18 | Wild Things
Carly Wright ’18 | Bob Ross Carly Wright ’18 | Bob Ross
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You will take a variety of studio courses, including drawing, painting, and digital to develop familiarity with various media. You’ll also take illustration concepts, history of illustration, business of illustration, and portfolio classes.

We are proposing a relatively new track system. The entertainment track grooms students to find work in visual and character development. The editorial track helps students interested in magazine, newspaper, and book jacket publishing. The sequential track is for students who want to work in a serial form, whether comics, graphic novels, or children’s books. The graphic track is tailored to students who also love graphic design and want to learn typography and layout, to create packaging, products, and countless other combinations of design and illustration.​

Every year our students’ work is entered into the Society of Illustrators competition as well as other professional venues. Students can receive visibility, honors, and awards from these professional competitions. Each spring, seniors present their portfolios to top-level industry professionals for critical feedback and professional networking.

Alumni in the program are successful in such areas as illustration for children's books, graphic novels, newspaper and magazine publishing, greeting cards, licensing, and advertising, as well as visual development in animated films, television, and the video game industry.

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