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Illustration Courses

BFA Thesis + Exhibition

Course No. IME 402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato | Nancy McEntee

This course provides a platform for senior Animation, Biomedical Art, Game Design, Illustration, and Photography majors who are BFA candidates. The course is structured to support the individual in shaping her/his project and the production of all elements of the BFA thesis. Strong conceptual skills developed through professional planning and research are core to this process. Offered spring.



Character Design + Development

Course No. ILL 265  Credits: 3.0
Faculty James Groman

This course will concentrate on the character creation process, focusing on all aspects of character concept and development. Students will learn to understand character types, body language and production techniques. In the fast growing gaming and animation industry, the ability to create characters is essential. Graphic novels/ comics, children’s books and advertising also rely heavily on an illustrators ability to create characters that meet client demands/ needs and make them part of a cohesive world. Offered spring.

Community Projects

Course No. ILL 390  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal

Students will illustrate and provide art and production services for individual clients as well as for organizations in a professional studio setting. The course emphasizes the student's development of problem-solving, meeting client demands, communication skills, organization and effective time management, proper preparation of artwork for reproduction, teamwork and collaboration - all specific to the marketplace as an introduction to real-life challenges. Offered fall and spring.

Community Projects: Illustration + Product

Course No. ILL 389  Credits: 3.0

Students will illustrate and provide art and production services for individual clients as well as for organizations in a professional studio setting. The course emphasizes the student’s development of problem-solving, meeting client demands, communication skills, organization and effective time management, proper preparation of artwork for reproduction, teamwork and collaboration—all specific to the marketplace as an introduction to real-life challenges. Offered fall and spring.

Fundamentals of Illustration

Course No. ILL 263  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jeff Harter | Suzanne McGinness

To prepare illustration students to become working professionals by providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance through the courses provided at the Institute to develop a professional level of performance for future employment. The department of Illustration emphasizes the understanding of contemporary themes and concepts as a basis for nurturing the student’s ability to translate this acquired thematic vocabulary into inventive visual solutions. The main objective is to motivate the student’s visual awareness to a professional level. For them to be aware that illustration is an applied art, a business, to satisfy the client needs, and should be executed in a professional business manner by experiencing classroom assignments prepared in a job like situation. Offered fall.

Illustration for Publication

Course No. ILL 363  Credits: 3.0
Faculty George Vlosich | John Chuldenko

This course will focus on applications of digital and tactile processes, materials, and techniques from concept development through final reproduction. Offered fall.

Illustration II

Course No. ILL 364  Credits: 3.0
Faculty George Vlosich | John Chuldenko
Prerequisite(s) Fundamentals of Illustration

This course will prepare illustration students to become working professionals within the marketing communications community. It will motivate the student’s visual awareness, teaching the student to conceptualize, design and execute on a professional level. Students learn to produce quality illustrations and to be responsible for the conceptual aspects of a project whenever necessary. This course encourages students to develop a confident knowledge of design in illustration, the thinking process, and production techniques necessary to compete in the field of applied arts. Prerequisite: ILL 263 Fundamentals of Illustration. Offered spring.

Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects

Course No. ILL 463B  Credits: 3.0
Faculty John Chuldenko | Suzanne McGinness

Students are required to begin thinking of their upcoming BFA thesis project over the summer. On the first day of class students will be expected to present their thesis' central idea and have first iterations for visual expression of that idea. The beginning of the thesis project consists of research, discussion and tightening up of the central idea. Offered fall.

Illustration students wow the crowd at comics con

Illustration students wow the crowd at comics con

Illustration students in Adjunct Professor Bradley Ricca's Graphic Narratives class wowed the crowd at the fifth annual Genghis Con Comics and Arts Festival.

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James Groman

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After graduating with a BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, James Groman was hired by American Gre...more

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