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
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 is particularly emphasized. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
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 I
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
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 Illustration Materials and Techniques II
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 I
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 Electronic Illustration I
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
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
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.
ILLU 304 Advertising Illustration I
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
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 I
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
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
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
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 240.
ILLU 316 Electronic Illustration II
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
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
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 will be 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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--restaurants, bistros, coffee houses) and 3-D food display (inside restaurants, window displays, store displays). Projects are designed with each of these areas in mind. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 215.
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
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
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): ILLU 315.
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 Bezier curves, combining vector- and raster-based imagery and animating a Web interface. Prerequisite(s): ILLU 225.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
ILLU 504 Drawing Strategies for Illustration
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.
ILLU 505 Influences in Illustration
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.
ILLU 701 Illustration Techniques I
This course explores and adds to students’ repertoire 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.
ILLU 714 Drawing for Illustrators
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.
ILLU 721 Illustration Techniques II
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
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.
ILLU 730 Computer Illustration
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.
ILLU 735 Illustration Markets
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
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.
ILLU 742 Directed Projects in Illustration
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.