Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects
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: BFA Preparation
An independently initiated illustration thesis project is defined in a statement detailing the nature and purpose of the project, medium, and procedural timetable. A year-long project is created displaying technical competence, solution-based ideas, responsibility to professional standards, self-reliance, determination and perseverance learned throughout a student’s years of education. Offered fall.
Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio
The illustration department 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 students’ visual awareness to a professional level to meet marketplace needs. Offered spring.
Illustration: Internship (EP)
Course No. ILL 399-499 Credits: 0.0
Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for an internship developed by the student through the Career Center Office with advance permission of the department head. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement
Layout Rendering Techniques
This course is concerned with introducing students to techniques and materials used by professional illustrators. The emphasis will be on developing critical observation skills along with enhancing technical and rendering abilities to a professional level. Also, purpose and application of techniques for layout presentation, as well as refining finished art for reproduction. Emphasis will be on drawing, painting and other tactile techniques, as well as digital rendering techniques for the preparation of finished art for the final application of artwork created. Offered fall.
Picture Book Illustration
Course No. ILL 220-320-420 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Suzanne McGinness
This course will explore the creation of a picture book through historical context, the evolution of children’s book illustration, and the methodology of creating art for a picture book. Picture books continue to expand in modern markets through digital applications as well as book art, a sculptural narrative object. Students will gain knowledge of the publishing industry and the process of submitting a body of work. Students will be expected to create a personal illustrative narrative by means of gathering reference and creating consistent and well developed characters that exist in a story.
This course is strongly recommended for elective students interested in picture books and visual narratives. Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Principles of Illustration
This course assures the student the opportunity to develop a saleable skill, perform in a professional manner and demonstrate good attitude and work habits that meet client needs and deadlines. Encounter a strong emphasis on different techniques, methods, styles and types of illustration that will further provide advancement towards future employment. Students will be introduced to past- and present-day illustrators to get a comprehensive sense of what role an illustrator plays when dealing in the solutions of design/illustration problems. Students will also acquire an understanding of style and techniques used by illustrators to solve these problems they may confront in the future as professionals. Offered spring.
Associate 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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