Hours72 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 40 Students.
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Program Requirements

The Illustration BFA program is a limited enrollment program requiring department admissions approval. Interested students should declare their pre-major intent, complete DESIL 145 and submit an online portfolio of their work. Pre-major application deadlines are at the end of Fall semester, Winter semester, and Spring term.
Students accepted into the pre-major program complete the foundational courses and then may apply for the BFA professional program through a portfolio review in June.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
Prerequisite Course:
Apply for pre-BFA status via portfolio review.
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
Foundational Courses:
Apply to the Illustration BFA program.
requirement 5 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
History & Critical Studies Courses:
requirement 8 Complete 4.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 9 Complete 11.0 hours from the following option(s)
Complete 11 hours from the following list of electives. Below is a listing by type of courses that students may find useful, but students may choose any combination of the courses listed below to fulfill 11 hours.
Program Outcomes: 

Illustration Development and Concept

Students will be able to create marketable illustrations incorporating concept, rough sketches, color comps, and finished art as well as effectively communicate story concept.

Skill and Concept Mastery

Students will be able to demonstrate a mastery of life drawing based on deep observation and a clear understanding of anatomy, proportion, movement, balance, foreshortened perspective, a high degree of three-dimensional structure through application of Chiaroscuro (soft form and hard edged cast shadows), composition, and drapery (folds).

Medium Proficiency

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one of the illustration mediums studied, including oil, acrylics, gouache, or digital.

Symbolic Image Development and Analysis

Students will be able to analyze and develop visual images based on conceptual (symbolic) illustration solutions.

Literal Image Development and Analysis

Students will be able to analyze and develop visual images based on narrative (literal) illustration solutions.

Design Practice and Theory

Students will be able to develop deep theoretical and practical understanding of design.

Markets and Business

Students will be able to have a deeper understanding of the commercial and business practices of illustration.

History and Context

Students will be able to have a functional knowledge of the history of illustration, including its origins in the fine arts and its relationship to written communication.

Uplifting Themes

Students will be able to create work that reflects spiritually uplifting themes.