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Illustration Courses

BFA Thesis + Exhibition

Course No. IME 402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato | Elizabeth Halasz | Hal Lewis | Nancy McEntee | Robert Lauer | Robert Roth | Suzanne McGinness

These courses provide a platform for senior Animation, Life Sciences Illustration, 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

Course No. ILL 265  Credits: 3.0
Faculty James Groman | Jeff Harter | Pat Sandy

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 (EP)

Course No. ILL 389  Credits: 3.0
Faculty James Groman | Jeff Harter

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. For Illustration majors only. Other majors only with instructor’s approval. Offered fall and spring. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.

Fundamentals of Illustration

Course No. ILL 263  Credits: 3.0

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.

Graphic Novels + Sequential Art

Course No. ILL 367  Credits: 3.0
Faculty James Groman | Matthew Horak | Pat Sandy

This course covers the areas of sequencing and storyboard development. This is a growing field within the traditional print illustration discipline. New techniques, ideas and concepts will be threads throughout the class as students explore character development, lighting and perspective and background concepts development. Offered spring.

Illustration - Internship

Course No. ILL399.1  Credits: 3.0

Illustration for Publication

Course No. ILL 363  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kelsey Cretcher | Suzanne McGinness

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 Robert Roth | Susan Reagan | Suzanne McGinness
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.

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James Groman

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After graduating with a BFA degree from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1986, James Groman was hired by American...more

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