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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Illustration, BFA

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Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration program prepares students in the most current expressions of the illustrative arts profession. With a developed background in fine arts, graphic design, and advertising, illustrators may direct their careers in many different directions, including book and magazine publishing, advertising, company literature, packaging, television, as well as commercial and feature film industries. Illustrators must know design, communication principles, and problem-solving techniques, but most importantly, they must know how to draw. Illustration students learn to understand the mechanics of tools and media. They choose the media best suited to express their ideas, organize their compositions to greater enhance communication, conceptualize ideas, and above all, refine their visual sensitivities to levels expected of professional artists. Their background is further developed by a well-integrated core curriculum of fine art and design. Special illustration workshops and an ongoing lecture series expose students to current developments in their intended field, while the Professional Portfolio Development course assists graduating seniors with practical preparation for the transition from student to professional practitioner.

After successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:

  • understand how to communicate an idea or a theory to an audience in a clear dynamic manner based on informed decisions;
  • effectively apply materials, techniques, technology, vocabulary/terminology to reach the solution;
  • proficiently create images, both digitally and traditional;
  • demonstrate skills and knowledge of digital/traditional techniques and vocabulary to work in the communications industry; and
  • demonstrate scholarship of illustration theories and practices from a historical perspective with a specialized knowledge of visual communications and the history of art.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all major coursework, and a CGPA of 3.0 or higher is required in the major for BFA candidates.

For students who have already earned a Bachelors degree in another field, the Second Bachelor of Arts in Illustration is available.

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