Illustrators can wear many hats but the common thread that links us is our desire to tell a story.
Whether the project is a children’s book illustration, storyboards for film or television, editorial illustration or character development for animation, illustrators create the visual narrative. As an applied art, illustrators create work to satisfy a client’s need and apply the artwork to a specific purpose. Classroom assignments will mimic real-life job situations and cover a variety of topics. You will explore the full creative process, from brainstorming and concept art to a finished piece ready for display.
Additionally, you will discover dynamic composition, storyboarding, fundamental rendering techniques, and basic pre-press print production. During the first week you will sample many different avenues of illustration and develop core skills and design principles that will be applied to finished artwork during the second week. Presentations and critiques throughout will help you present ideas and gain the experience necessary to selling the concept.
This course is designed to help you find your creative voice, execute advanced-level artwork, and discover the diverse field of illustration.
Our application will open on February 1, 2018
A limited number of partial ($250-$1,000) scholarships are offered through the Continuing Education department. CIA partners with Graffiti HeART to also provide scholarships. Students applying for scholarships should submit their family’s 2017 tax return and a personal statement with their application. Award decisions are based on financial need and portfolio strength.
Suzanne McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a master of arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. Suzanne is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. Suzanne currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA. To view Suzanne's work visit suzannemcg.com.
Lincoln Adams is an alumnus of the Cleveland Institute of Art who has worked for 16 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television commercial storyboards, character design, book covers, and greeting cards. Lincoln was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles. Recently, he has finished work on the popular animated shows: Dreamworks’ Veggie Tales, Disney’s Doc McStuffins and Slugterra and Mattel’s Monster High and Max Steel. Additionally, he teaches at CIA as a Visiting Professor in the Illustration and Animation Departments and in the Continuing Education Department. To view Lincoln's work visit his website.