Bring color to the world through illustration

Transform pixels, ink, and pencil to bring characters and ideas to life

Across incisive cartoons, bite-sized mobile games, book covers, and building-sized murals, they convey emotions, ideas, and information. At SCAD, students cultivate their own unique style and personal brand in a comprehensive program that explores traditional and digital media. Illustration students learn to create concepts and select materials while developing the portfolio and business acumen necessary to prepare for professional practice.

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Illustration degrees

SCAD's illustration degrees are offered in Atlanta, Savannah, and online via eLearning.

  - Atlanta    - Savannah    - eLearning

Student work

Illustration student work "Momotaro" by Jenna Ward

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Go after the career you've always wanted

SCAD's illustration program will help you realize your vision of becoming a successful illustrator, putting a public face on some of the most popular brands in the world. Alumnus Mark Wetzel (B.F.A., illustration, 2005) explains how the skills he learned at SCAD and his love of fun and creativity have fueled his success as a senior designer at McGarryBowen. 

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Meet the industry’s top talent

The full SCAD experience goes far beyond the classroom. Courses are complemented by tours of publishing houses and design studios as well as one-on-one time with visiting experts. Alumnus Goñi Montes (M.F.A., illustration, 2009) shares how a visit with illustrator Yuko Shimizu helped him find his style.

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Portrait of Malina Omut

"The education I received at SCAD has laid a foundation for my career, from the practical teaching of different theories to how to handle a business, deal with clients, and market myself. SCAD fully prepared me for a full-time job from start to finish."

Malina Omut | Artist and editorial illustrator (M.F.A., illustration, 2013)

Related majors and minors

At SCAD, you can venture outside of your main discipline, learning to assimilate different techniques and broader perspectives into a robust portfolio. Many illustration students take courses in sequential art, advertising, graphic design, motion media, and printmaking. The resulting breadth of experience will help you discover your specific passions and open new career possibilities.

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