The School of Illustration provides a strong curriculum taught by professionals, emphasizing the fundamentals that are required to excel in the commercial field. Students receive a balance of classical art skills and technical training in new media so they may develop portfolios for professional employment. The Illustration degrees comprise an exciting  program, bringing together the disciplines of illustration and graphic design to meet the marketplace's growing need for artists trained in drawing, painting, and typography. Blending contemporary, digital, and traditional techniques, the program takes advantage of the many opportunities available in the link between graphic design and illustration, providing a unique educational solution for new and timely careers in professional art.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts degree program in Illustration emphasizes visual communication and a mastery of technical and conceptual abilities, which involves intensive education in the formulation of ideas, problem solving, and artistic skill. Students are asked to stretch their talents and refine the skills that will enhance their art.  Development of the individual's style and viewpoint is a focus of graduate studies in Illustration. The department's talented faculty cultivates mastery of technique, both traditional and digital with focus in Concept Art for film and game, Graphic Novel (comic book) and Traditional Illustration in editorial, children's book, and advertising markets.

The Illustration program offers a balance of classical art skills with technical training in new media, allowing the candidate to develop a portfolio that demonstrates a high level of professional skill and personal style.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the School of Illustration develop a unique portfolio that demonstrates personal style and a high level of professional skills, enabling them to enter the job market at a competitive level. Student portfolios are judged to be of a professional quality by how well they demonstrate the following skills: drawing and an understanding of the figure; concepts and storytelling; the use of color to convey feeling and mood; perspective and composition; mastery of technique, both traditional and digital; content, marketability, and presentation.

Associate of Arts (AA)

Our Associate of Arts in Graphic Illustration is designed for students interested in acquiring a basis of knowledge and skills necessary to the graphic illustration profession. This innovative program blends training in contemporary, digital, and traditional techniques in the link between the fields of graphic design and illustration.

Career Opportunities

  • Character Designer
  • Computer Games Visual Artist
  • Comic Book or Greeting Card Illustrator
  • TV/Animation Storyboard Illustrator
  • Art Director
  • Animator for Movies
  • Technical, Magazine or Advertising Illustrator
  • Freelance Illustrator
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Illustrator in Advertising, Publishing, Editorial, Graphic Novel, Concept Art and Visual Development, Paper Good
  • ... and more! 

Firms Hiring Our Grads

Film and Game: Namco Bandai, Blue Mars, Blue Sky, Cryptic Studios, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Fantasy Flight Games, Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, Massive Black, Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, Telltale Games, Toys for Bob, Valve, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Zynga

Comics: Boom! Studios, Carnal Comics, Dark Horse, DC, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Popgun, TOKYOPOP

Print: American Greetings, Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Simon & Schuster, Spin, The New Yorker, US Postal Service, The Wall Street Journal