BFA Thesis + Exhibition
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 own 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
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.
Course No. ILL 390 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. Required of junior Illustration majors. Open to electives with instructor’s permission. Offered fall and spring.
Community Projects: Illustration + Production Workshop (EP)
Course No. ILL 389 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Katie Major
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
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
This course will focus on applications of digital and tactile processes, materials, and techniques from concept development through final reproduction. Offered fall.
Course No. ILL 364 Credits: 3.0
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 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.
Assistant Professor | Chair of Illustration
Jeff Harter pursued his BFA in Illustration at the University at Buffalo, where he studied under distinguished...more
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