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.
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.