Illustration

Courses

100 Level

  • ILLU 150 Introduction to Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 150

    Introduction to Scientific Illustration
    Scientific illustrators use observational, technical and aesthetic skills to portray a subject accurately. Accuracy and communication are essential. In this course, students learn to render forms both known and imagined, observed and unobservable, from the micro to the macro using a range of rendering techniques and learn of the scientific illustration masters through history to the present. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • ILLU 170 Photography for Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 170

    Photography for Scientific Illustration
    This course introduces students to the photographic tools available that can support and further their development as scientific illustrators. The capture and study of varieties of light on natural forms are particularly emphasized. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.

200 Level

  • ILLU 200 Drawing and Design for Illustrators
     

    ILLU 200

    Drawing and Design for Illustrators
    The aim of this course is to understand how drawing can lead to strong and effective illustration. Drawing and design skills are extended by placing the emphasis on communication. Assignments, lectures and demonstrations explore commonly employed illustrative components such as observation, perspective, light and shadow, construction of form, composition and the interpretation of the subject as well as the style of drawing. The use of photo reference is considered, and students are introduced to the professional process of creating thumbnail sketches, roughs and finished sketches. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101 or DRAW 200.
  • ILLU 205 Illustration Materials and Techniques
     

    ILLU 205

    Illustration Materials and Techniques
    Various traditional and nontraditional skills and techniques are used to produce illustrations. This course applies composition and design, color and conceptualization to a range of materials and techniques. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 200.
  • ILLU 213 Introduction to Illustration
     

    ILLU 213

    Introduction to Illustration
    This course explores illustration as a means of communicating ideas. Classes are designed around a series of problems and illustration experiences for which there are no pre-established solutions. Various materials and techniques are explored. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 101, ILLU 205.
  • ILLU 215 Exploration of Mediums
     

    ILLU 215

    Exploration of Mediums
    In this course, students explore and practice with mixed media on created surfaces. Various media, including acrylics, oils, watercolor and gouache, are combined with other materials, such as pastel, colored pencil and charcoal. Students complete traditional and nontraditional assignments and are encouraged to develop and explore individual techniques. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 213, ILLU 229.
  • ILLU 217 Editorial Illustration
     

    ILLU 217

    Editorial Illustration
    This course addresses concepts in illustration and seeks to expand students' capability to solve visual problems with creative, individual and expressive imagery. Assignments provide the context for this exploration and challenge students to enter new territory in their search for unique and provocative ideas. Editorial illustration embraces strong conceptual approaches to picture making and is fertile ground for creativity and expression. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 205.
  • ILLU 225 Digital Illustration and Techniques
     

    ILLU 225

    Digital Illustration and Techniques
    Students use Adobe Photoshop to enhance traditional work and acquire important knowledge in the digital domain. Idea development within real-world parameters, originality, aesthetics and technical proficiency are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110, ILLU 205, ILLU 213.
  • ILLU 229 Survey of Illustration
     

    ILLU 229

    Survey of Illustration
    Students focus on illustration and its historical relationship to both fine arts and commercial applications. Illustration is directly linked to ever-changing social and political trends, fine art movements and technological advances in the field of publishing. Through the use of videos, slides, book references and lectures, students explore a variety of images and concepts regarding past and present illustration markets. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ILLU 200.
  • ILLU 240 Drawing for Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 240

    Drawing for Scientific Illustration
    This course introduces students to the process of careful study and analysis of natural forms, systematic record keeping of field and studio studies, and the application of these studies in the development of formal illustrations. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.

300 Level

  • ILLU 304 Advertising Illustration
     

    ILLU 304

    Advertising Illustration
    This course addresses practical illustration problems encountered in creating advertising art, posters, CD covers, books, packaging and other art forms. Various materials and techniques are explored, and unique approaches to problem solving are encouraged. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 305 Children’s Book Illustration
     

    ILLU 305

    Children’s Book Illustration
    This course introduces children’s book illustration, with an emphasis on creating a professional package that may be sent to publishers. Students are introduced to the world of traditional and modern children’s book illustration through lectures, demonstrations and analyses of several nationally and internationally successful books. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 306 Book Illustration
     

    ILLU 306

    Book Illustration
    This course develops students' skills in interpreting a manuscript or story and creating a visual image. Students explore the application of various materials and techniques. Emphasis is placed on unique solutions and perspectives to expand students' imagination and develop a personal viewpoint. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 311 The Portrait in Illustration
     

    ILLU 311

    The Portrait in Illustration
    This course addresses the portrait as a means of visual problem-solving that goes beyond creating a likeness. Students are presented a variety of illustration assignments that incorporate the use of portraiture in documentary, editorial and commissioned contexts. Working with live models, students learn the principles of creating a portrait using different media and techniques. The course includes an overview of portraiture throughout art history and an exploration of the portrait in today’s illustration market. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200, ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 313 Collage for Illustration
     

    ILLU 313

    Collage for Illustration
    Providing a uniquely tactile problem-solving process for the illustrator, this course gives students exposure to a wide variety of media and techniques. Various materials and practices are addressed including adhesive aesthetics and image manipulation (both manual and digital). Emphasis is placed on connecting content and concept within the collaged form to create a successful illustration. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 200, ILLU 213.
  • ILLU 315 Dynamic Visualization for Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 315

    Dynamic Visualization for Scientific Illustration
    This course covers the specific and highly specialized requirements of accurately depicting 3-D form onto a 2-D surface through hands-on, step-by-step instruction in the process of applied perspective theory. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 150, ILLU 200 or SEQA 202.
  • ILLU 316 Advanced Digital Illustration
     

    ILLU 316

    Advanced Digital Illustration
    Mastering new skills and techniques for creating digital illustrations are the focus of this advanced course. Topics include extensive information concerning current software specific to the digital illustration market. Emphasis is also placed on controlling and/or modifying output of student-produced imagery. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 225.
  • ILLU 318 Type and Image for Illustrators
     

    ILLU 318

    Type and Image for Illustrators
    The successful marriage of illustration and typography is integral to creating many forms of effective visual communication. This course is designed to give illustration students a working knowledge of the relationship between illustration and typography. Students learn the fundamentals of typography and how to utilize it effectively with their illustrations. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 213, ILLU 225.
  • ILLU 320 3-D Illustration
     

    ILLU 320

    3-D Illustration
    This course focuses on images created using tangible 3-D objects, found objects, and materials and techniques that include collage and model making. The course involves in-class demonstrations and experimental assignments. The work of successful 3-D illustrators past and present is shown and discussed. Students are set typical commercial assignments and, under faculty guidance, have the opportunity to experiment and to develop their own individual assignments. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 324 Pastel Techniques
     

    ILLU 324

    Pastel Techniques
    This course explores various techniques of the soft pastel medium, including dry-on-dry and dry-on-wet. Students experiment with oil, oil pastel, watercolor and acrylic using still life, the human figure and photographic reference. Students work with both large and small formats and explore pastel from a fine art and illustrative perspective. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 330 Poster Design and Illustration
     

    ILLU 330

    Poster Design and Illustration
    The poster has long been an exciting medium for expressing the creative personality of the illustrator. This course emphasizes the visual product and examines the graphic vocabulary of poster communication for various venues such as theater, movies, media and corporations. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 331 The Art of Caricature
     

    ILLU 331

    The Art of Caricature
    The artist’s perspective in social, political and satirical commentary is examined in this studio course. The history of caricature, from Francisco Goya and Honoré Daumier through David Levine and Al Hirschfeld, is incorporated into lectures and assignments. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 337 Watercolor for the Illustrator
     

    ILLU 337

    Watercolor for the Illustrator
    This course focuses on watercolor as a medium for the illustrator. Students are challenged to develop traditional and nontraditional techniques and to explore weights of paper, textures and block-out materials. Assignments are relevant for the working illustrator. Current and historical information is presented to demonstrate the impact of watercolor on the field of illustration. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 338 Humorous Illustration
     

    ILLU 338

    Humorous Illustration
    This course explores the conception and production of illustrations that use humor to communicate ideas. Students analyze humorous art produced by renowned illustrators such as Seymour Chwast, Edward Sorel, R.O. Blechman, Steven Guarnaccia, Ralph Steadman, Elwood Smith and Gary Baseman. Traditional and digital techniques are demonstrated. Character development, design, stylization, distortion and exaggeration are practiced to develop a personal look. Students explore the many venues that showcase humorous art, including magazines, greeting cards and advertisements. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 339 Illustration for Retail Markets
     

    ILLU 339

    Illustration for Retail Markets
    This course explores the role that an illustrator plays in the retail marketplace by introducing students to the application of illustrative work to a wide range of possible products. The course further provides an opportunity for students to learn about the licensing of their own work, how to work with agency representation and the professional expectations and standards of the field. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 225.
  • ILLU 341 Illustrating the Edible
     

    ILLU 341

    Illustrating the Edible
    This course focuses on food illustration in five general areas in the illustration market: cookbooks (covers and interiors), recipe and editorial illustration (magazines), production illustration (packaging), menu imagery (advertising for restaurants, bistros and coffee houses) and 3-D food display (inside restaurants, window displays and store displays). Projects are designed with each of these areas in mind. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 342 Acrylic Techniques
     

    ILLU 342

    Acrylic Techniques
    Various traditional and nontraditional skills and techniques are used to produce illustrations. This course addresses the applications of composition and design, color and conceptualization with a variety of acrylic paint techniques. Through set projects, students experiment and gain experience with at least four different methods of working in acrylic paints. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
  • ILLU 344 Illustrative Approaches to Concept Design
     

    ILLU 344

    Illustrative Approaches to Concept Design
    Focusing on the creation of characters and environments appropriate for animation, children's books or the computer game markets, students in this course develop illustrations suitable for publication. Students interface with pre-arranged art directors and editors who assist and encourage the development of professional concepts. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 270 or ILLU 225 or ITGM 130 or SEQA 277.
  • ILLU 345 Advanced Rendering Techniques for Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 345

    Advanced Rendering Techniques for Scientific Illustration
    This course emphasizes the student's need to analyze, interpret and distill the complexities observed in natural forms and focuses on honing rendering abilities. Students produce illustrations of both the known and imagined, the observed and unobservable. Prerequisite(s): SEQA 352 or SEQA 388.
  • ILLU 348 Vector Illustration and Design
     

    ILLU 348

    Vector Illustration and Design
    Students learn to use vector-based software, multiple techniques for creating illustrations and simple Web interfaces. Subjects include rendering with Bézier curves, combining vector- and raster-based imagery, and animating a Web interface. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 225.
  • ILLU 365 Illustrative Approaches to Printmaking
     

    ILLU 365

    Illustrative Approaches to Printmaking
    Illustration techniques often include an element of printmaking, and many illustrators also use basic printmaking to produce editions and handmade multiples. An introduction to the printmaking facility at SCAD Lacoste is followed by assignments suitable for creating illustrations and multiples. Techniques such as monotype, card block, relief and intaglio processes are included. Professional methods of producing and displaying editions of prints are introduced. Finished prints and illustrations are displayed at the SCAD Lacoste end-of-term vernissage. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 205.

400 Level

  • ILLU 400 Illustration Portfolio
     

    ILLU 400

    Illustration Portfolio
    This course offers advanced illustration students the opportunity to build and enhance their portfolio by proposing a series of illustration problems for themselves. Emphasis is placed on advanced development of personal style through an examination of content, materials and techniques. Students engage in the illustrative process from concept to completion as they develop an illustration portfolio. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 225, and ILLU 305 or ILLU 306.
  • ILLU 409 Illustration Self-promotion
     

    ILLU 409

    Illustration Self-promotion
    Self-promotion addresses business practices in regard to illustration and prepares fine arts students to successfully package and promote their work. Additionally, the self-promotion student becomes well versed in legal and accounting issues relevant to the field of illustration, representation in the industry, and industry standards in pricing and contract negotiation. Course projects include database development, defining and targeting markets, traditional and digital marketing strategies and assembling presentation materials critical to launching an illustration career. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 400.
  • ILLU 410 Getting Published
     

    ILLU 410

    Getting Published
    In this course, advanced students become actual working illustrators. The professor arranges jobs for publication in major magazines. Other possibilities for published work in this course include book covers and work for advertising agencies. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate status.
  • ILLU 420 Digital Drawing and Design for Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 420

    Digital Drawing and Design for Scientific Illustration
    The communication of complex scientific principles often requires multiple images, and the ability to design and compose these images for print as well as electronic media is essential to a scientific illustrator. This course uses a variety of software in the development and design of scientific instructional material, both for print and electronic media. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 345.
  • ILLU 440 Digital Sculpting for Scientific Illustration
     

    ILLU 440

    Digital Sculpting for Scientific Illustration
    This course is an exploration of the use of digital sculpting in scientific illustration. Topics covered include creating digital sculptures, synthesizing various digital sculptures and illustrative materials into a coherent whole, and professional practices regarding the use of digital sculptures in the scientific illustration industry. Students create innovative and original artwork for inclusion in a professional portfolio. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 345.
  • ILLU 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    ILLU 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • ILLU 495 Special Topics in Illustration
     

    ILLU 495

    Special Topics in Illustration
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of illustration and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the topic of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • ILLU 503 Illustration Strategies Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 503

    Illustration Strategies
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course is designed to reinforce the creative processes that underpin the profession of illustration. These include idea generation, drawing, composition, value and color. Students apply these processes as they create a wide range of images for illustration. A personal visual viewpoint is encouraged, and students are also shown the range of markets in which contemporary illustrators operate. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 504 Drawing Strategies for Illustration Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 504

    Drawing Strategies for Illustration
    Course is available via eLearning
    By broadening and strengthening fundamental drawing skills through in-class drawing sessions, outside assignments and research, students deepen their understanding of drawing as the basis of illustration. The course begins with intensive exercises designed to strengthen observational skills and to enhance competence in a wide range of materials and techniques. It emphasizes figure drawing and also explores expressive mark making, value, composition, proportion and perspective.  Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 505 Influences in Illustration Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 505

    Influences in Illustration
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course highlights the distinct historical trends in illustration and also explores the sources of contemporary styles. Students work on a series of studio assignments, making reference to past trends and to new movements in illustration. The course includes written papers, tests, critiques, presentations and illustration assignments. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • ILLU 701 Media and Techniques Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 701

    Media and Techniques
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course explores and adds to students' repertoires of media and techniques. Through class assignments, students practice and increase their skills with media and techniques common to the field of illustration. Students also may investigate and work with nontraditional media. The content of the course is oriented toward the commercial field of illustration. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 714 Drawing for Illustrators Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 714

    Drawing for Illustrators
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course explores drawing as the key mode of expression for the illustrator. The course begins with refreshing and strengthening observation skills, mark-making technique and interpretation abilities. Other areas addressed include creative expression, gesture, attitude, movement embellishment and exaggeration. Students are encouraged to develop individual and personal approaches to drawing within the context of illustration. The course reviews fundamental issues of value, mood, composition, proportion and perspective. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 721 Advanced Studio Techniques Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 721

    Advanced Studio Techniques
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course provides exploration of and practice with mixed media on a variety of surfaces. Assignments are based on typical areas of concentration found in the field of illustration, including conceptual, decorative, surreal, editorial, design, narrative, portrait and realistic. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 701.
  • ILLU 727 Illustration Concepts and Composition Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 727

    Illustration Concepts and Composition
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course revisits the fundamentals of illustration and seeks to join concept and composition as one element. Assignments are dedicated to generating creative ideas and exploring the best possible methods for expressing these ideas with compelling imagery. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 730 Digital Solutions for Illustration Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 730

    Digital Solutions for Illustration
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course explores the possibilities of the computer as a medium to create images and illustration through the use of popular software. Concepts and sketches are developed technically and the computer is applied as a tool to produce finished pieces. Personal approach and style are emphasized and consistency is encouraged. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 735 Illustration Markets Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 735

    Illustration Markets
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course incorporates the insights gained in Illustration Concepts and Composition into topic-oriented assignments designed to address students' portfolio needs. Students are introduced to the criteria professionals use to evaluate portfolios, as well as general marketing tips. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 727.
  • ILLU 740 Contemporary Topics in Illustration
     

    ILLU 740

    Contemporary Topics in Illustration
    This course is a creative workshop offered on a periodic basis. Course content is based on a faculty member’s or visiting illustrator’s expertise. Students are encouraged to consult their adviser for a precise course description and prerequisites. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 742 Directed Projects in Illustration Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 742

    Directed Projects in Illustration
    Course is available via eLearning
    Working one-on-one with the professor, students pursue an illustration specialty of particular interest and significance. The course involves group instruction and critiques, as well as individual projects. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 727.
  • ILDE 749 Illustration Design M.A. Final Project Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILDE 749

    Illustration Design M.A. Final Project
    Course is available via eLearning
    In this capstone course, students present work as if to prospective clients and employers in this forum for realization of the skills and practices applied in professional contexts. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
  • ILLU 749 Illustration M.A. Final Project
     

    ILLU 749

    Illustration M.A. Final Project
    This course focuses on each student’s personal artistic vision as it relates to illustration and on the many ways students can present their work, both through a traditional portfolio and in other relevant formats. Students are expected to learn to develop a professional portfolio that incorporates a personal style as evidenced in a substantial body of work. Students also develop résumés, promotional mailers and mailing lists. All M.A. students in illustration are required to complete this final project in printed or digital form. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 735 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • ILLU 760 Poster Illustration
     

    ILLU 760

    Poster Illustration
    The poster has long been an exciting medium for expressing the creative personality of the illustrator. While this course emphasizes the visual product, students also examine the graphic vocabulary of poster communication for various venues like theater, movies, media and public announcement. In this course, students conduct research on a topic and present their findings in a visual and written format. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 701, ILLU 730.
  • ILLU 764 Illustration for Publications
     

    ILLU 764

    Illustration for Publications
    In this course, students gain professional experience. The professor arranges jobs for publication in major magazines and acts as a liaison between students and art directors. Other possibilities for publication in this course include book covers and work generated for advertising agencies and design firms. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 727.
  • ILLU 774 Professional Practices in Illustration Course is available via eLearning
     

    ILLU 774

    Professional Practices in Illustration
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course addresses the business side of illustration, from purchase orders and pricing to packaging and presentation. Students are expected to become familiar with numerous marketing strategies and professional practices in the field. Assignments include compiling an art director's list, assembling various portfolios and creating a self-promotional mailer. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 727.
  • ILLU 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    ILLU 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • ILLU 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    ILLU 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • ILLU 780 Special Topics in Illustration
     

    ILLU 780

    Special Topics in Illustration
    This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the field or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the topic. Prerequisite(s):
  • ILLU 790 Illustration M.F.A. Thesis
     

    ILLU 790

    Illustration M.F.A. Thesis
    All M.F.A. students in illustration are required to develop and prepare an original exhibition, accompanied by a written component. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.