Courses in traditional drawing, conceptualization, and painting are integrated with a nine-course digital education that covers illustration, type, design, photography, and animation in industry-level computer facilities.
The two-year AAS curriculum includes projects modeled on real-world scenarios and helps you develop the skills you need to present a project to a client or art director. Depending on your interests, you’ll choose a specialization in either fashion or general illustration.
- Fashion Illustration focuses on drawing, rendering, and composing finished illustrations for assignments that emphasize the latest trends in fashion, accessories, beauty products, and fragrances.
- General Illustration emphasizes the development of visual communication skills such as drawing, conceiving ideas, composing effective images, and mastering technical rendering.
Most students go on to the BFA program. That more advanced curriculum focuses on commercially applicable skills, enabling you to expand your portfolio and professional opportunities with additional training in animation, documentary art, book illustration, and computer-generated illustration. You’ll work with art directors who assign and critique your projects. In a mentoring workshop, you’ll be paired with an illustrator or art director who offers professional guidance. You’ll have the option to learn the global language of illustration in a summer study abroad class in Florence, Italy.