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Illustration

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Illustration

As an Illustration major at one of the best art schools in the country, you will enhance your figurative and observational drawing and design skills. You will learn to creatively translate concepts and emotions into imagery that best communicates a story. Original thinking, the ability to formulate and express clear, relevant thoughts, problem solving and engaging story telling are core skills we teach in our Illustration program. You will experiment with a broad array of traditional materials and techniques, including pencils, acrylics, oils, inks and collage, while mastering contemporary digital processes using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You will research, visually develop and execute finished Illustrations at the highest level relevant to all current and emerging markets, including entertainment, gaming, licensing, advertising, social expression and publishing fields. As a graduate of our Illustration department, you will be prepared to enter the industry as a staff artists, freelance illustrators or creative entrepreneurs.

Draw inspiration for your work from field trips to professional art studios and advertising agencies as well as from interactions with our talented visiting artists. Share your portfolio with employers, illustrators, and designers, who are invited each year to the Institute.

What can I do with a degree in Illustration?

  • Character Artist/Designer
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Concept/Layout/Storyboard Artist
  • Advertising Illustrator
  • Book Illustrator/Author
  • Cartoonist

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Lincoln Adams

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Lincoln Adams has worked for nearly 20 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects h...more

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