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IL 103
Illustrating the Male Figure
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For Menswear students. Study of the human anatomy, proportions, and movement of the male figure, employing varied media, is presented. How garments are affected by muscle movement is emphasized.

IL 111
Fashion Illustration I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
For Continuing Education students. Students study the procedures and principles of fashion illustration and translate drawings from the live model into finished fashion illustrations, rendering clothing and accessories. Use of pen and ink, marker, and brush and wash techniques suitable for black-and-white reproduction is discussed.

IL 114
Fashion Applications
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
The fundamental principles and skills required for commercial fashion illustration are taught. Using black-and-white media geared to print and electronic reproduction, students create fashion images working from the live model. Focus is on developing an individual style and creating exciting, dramatic images.

IL 115
Concepts of Lifestyle/Fashion Illustration I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 114 and IL 141
Students develop skills in drawing, stylization, and visual narrative. These techniques are applied to fashion illustration and other areas such as music, political cartoons, portraits, spots, graphic novels, and science fiction.

IL 123
General Illustration I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Explores media, techniques, and art research. Introduces students to printing and the application of general illustration to specific design problems; directs them to tap and discover personal resources for artistic expression. (G6: Arts)

IL 124
General Illustration II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 123
Students learn all aspects of producing illustrations, from initial concept to finished artwork, mastering composition and draftsmanship, finding creative solutions, and considering value, tonal contrast, and color harmony.

IL 125
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for the Illustrator
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
This introduction to basic Adobe Photoshop enables students to apply its computer power to the production of both digital and traditional imagery from concept to finish.

IL 126
Watercolor Comps and Illustrations
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn to develop a wide variety of illustration projects in watercolor, from comps to finishes that are ready for reproduction. Emphasis is on real-world assignments for newspapers, magazines, packaging, advertising, and children's book illustrations.

IL 127
Applying Color to Illustrate the Written Word
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn to use color to produce effective pictorial representations of the written word. By learning the key properties of color and how to manipulate them, students achieve an understanding of color rendering for reproduction.

IL 128
Perspective Drawing, Composition, and Concept
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 133
Students learn to apply perspective drawing, composition, and conceptualization as a means of developing visual communication skills.

IL 131
Illustration Life Drawing I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For Continuing Education students. Study of anatomy, proportion, and drawing in charcoal, pencil, marker, and pastel, and of the nude figure as the basis for understanding the fashion figure. (G6: Arts)

IL 132
Illustration Life Drawing II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For Continuing Education students. Continuation of drawing the nude figure from the illustration point of view. Muscle structure is stressed in varied media.

IL 133
Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
This introductory course in anatomy and life drawing focuses on the skeletal and muscular systems of the body in order to understand the human form, its proportions, contours, and characteristic periphery of movement.

IL 134
Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 133
This course extends the understanding of basic anatomy for the artists. Students learn to artistically render the human form through the exploration of composition, perspective, mood, and the effects of light.

IL 141
Fashion Expression in Drawing
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students work from live models to learn drawing skills, fundamental anatomy, and the dynamics of movement in order to develop a foundation for producing high-quality fashion illustrations. Both fashion and human proportion are stressed.

IL 143
Fashion Drawing I
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
For Continuing Education students. Drawing from the fashion model. Emphasizes line drawing in charcoal, conte, and other black-and-white media.

IL 145
Fashion Drawing and Stylization I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 114 and IL 141
Students learn the principles of foundation-level figure drawing and develop their skills of observation, interpretation, and eye-hand coordination. An introduction to the fashion and lifestyle illustration marketplace is also presented.

IL 151
Dynamic Drawing Techniques for the Illustrator
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
An introduction to dry and wet media drawing techniques of the human form using monochromatic media. Students focus on the concepts of physical contour, stylistic flair, and the dynamics of a clothed figure's movement.

IL 152
General Illustration Figure Drawing I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students develop skills in drawing grouped and cropped figures in a variety of media.

IL 181
The Essence of Comic Art
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
For Continuing Education students. Cultivates the unique graphic style in magazine cartooning, political cartoons, and comic book characters, stressing satire, whimsy, fantasy, and humor. Students develop the ability to succinctly express a comic point of view.

IL 183
Comic Book Illustration
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
For Continuing Education students. This course addresses the professional process of creating comic book illustration, from character design to panel-to-panel continuity and story development. It focuses on sequential illustration as it applies to visual storytelling in comics.

IL 210
Concepts of Lifestyle/Fashion Illustration II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 115 and IL 145
Students learn various approaches to fashion lifestyle drawing and further develop their drawings into finished illustrations. They draw the stylized figure by incorporating line quality, shape, graphic composition, and context.

IL 212
Concepts of Lifestyle/Fashion Illustration III
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: IL 241
Experimentation in various media, employing styles and techniques suitable to the most current clothing and fashion trends. Students prepare portfolios.

IL 223
Illustration as Visual Communication I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 124
From initial rough to finished artwork using a variety of techniques, emphasis is placed on the development of conceptual ideas for editorial illustration.

IL 224
General Illustration IV
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 223
Students work on projects from rough to finished portfolio pieces. Imaginative, illustrative problem solving is analyzed.

IL 225
Illustration Concept Techniques
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 272
Students deepen their conceptualization abilities through writing techniques and word analysis. Better decision-making and the ability to create strong visual solutions help to empower the student's artistic voice and individual thinking.

IL 227
Illustration as Visual Communication II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 223
The course focuses on the use of photographic and computer technologies in conjunction with traditional skills to complete specific assignments. Students apply complex problem-solving skills in the creation and execution of illustration industry-related projects to advance the level of their portfolio work.

IL 231
Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator III
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: IL 133 and IL 134
Further study of the illustrative approach to life drawing, employing chiaroscuro and introducing color.

IL 232
Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator IV
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 231
A study of the fashion approach to life drawing, involving increasingly complex interactions of fashion concepts on the undraped figure. Expression, gesture, color, and pattern are examined in relation to backgrounds.

IL 241
Fashion Drawing and Stylization II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 145
Continues drawing from the fashion model. Emphasis on clothing character and techniques using color, washes, pastels, and combined media. Texture and pattern are analyzed.

IL 242
Fashion Drawing and Stylization III
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 241
Continues drawing from the fashion model, stressing individual approaches. Experimentation is encouraged on a professional studio level.

IL 251
General Illustration Figure Drawing II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 152
Students draw clothed figures, focusing on appreciating and applying pose, gesture, lighting, and composition as a means of visual expression.

IL 252
General Illustration Figure Drawing III
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 251
Emphasizes advanced treatment of the figure in relation to editorial projects employing a wide range of media.

IL 261
The Italian Way: Lessons from the Masters for Our Time
2.5 credits; 4 Lecture hours per week
Prerequisite: two semesters of History of Art and Civilization courses
Offered in Florence, this course introduces students to aspects of Italian art and culture, which affect their aesthetic and pragmatic points of view as artists. Emphasizes relationship between the concepts, materials, and techniques used by the masters, and its relevance to today's artist.

IL 272
Illustration Rendering Techniques
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 127
This painting course focuses on rendering realistic imagery while building on students' color application skills. Students learn to develop accurate facsimiles of photo images by creating visual illusions of 3D on two-dimensional surfaces with color, shadow, depth, mood, texture, and form.

IL 274
Illustration Process
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 272
Fantasy, humor, conflict, and similar emotions are conceptualized into projects. Student's personal approach to illustration in various media is emphasized.

IL 299
Independent Study in Illustration
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

IL 302
Drawing for Animation I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn to draw for animation by developing skills through quick gestural action analysis as well as traditional figure drawing techniques. Creation of character interaction, backgrounds, layouts, storylines, staging, and theatrics is emphasized. (G6: Arts)

IL 303
Drawing for Animation II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 302
Advanced drawing for animation preparation by drawing the nude and costumed model, focusing on gestural analysis of the figure. The understanding of continuity in storytelling and character development is emphasized through the correlation of color, lighting, media, music, and cultural influences. Students keep a sketchbook/journal. (G6: Arts)

IL 321
Digital Sketching and Comping for the Illustrator
1.5 credits; 3 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 272
Using Adobe Photoshop, students learn to create digital artwork and type; make selections; file, retrieve, scan, print, edit, and retouch photography and artwork; and manipulate, color, and combine images in order to produce high-quality sketches and comprehensives.

IL 323
Adobe Illustrator for the Illustrator
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: IL 125 and CD 201
This course builds on the student's knowledge of vector-based drawing, bitmap-based applications, and basic digital typography and design. Illustrative skills are synthesized with typography and design in order to enhance visual problem-solving abilities as well as opportunities for artistic expression.

IL 324
Digital Painting for the Illustrator
1.5 credits; 3 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: IL 125
Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter are used to apply traditional painting and drawing techniques in a digital format. Students learn how to modify the interface using the Power User's method to work more efficiently. They are encouraged to use these programs to experiment stylistically.

IL 362
The Illustrator's Heritage I
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 212 or IL 224
Combines a survey of decorative artists and illustration (late 19th to early 20th century) with visits to museums, galleries, designers' showrooms, and studios. Students complete illustration projects based on lectures and drawings from a model. (G6: Arts)

IL 364
The Illustrator's Heritage II
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 362
Continues a survey of various aesthetic influences on illustrators from the early 1900s to the present. Course is enriched by guest speakers, films, museum visits, and field trips. Students complete illustration projects based on lectures and drawings from the model. (G6: Arts)

IL 374
Book Illustration I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 212 or IL 224
Develops skills in interpreting a manuscript or story and creating visual images. The application of various techniques and materials is explored. (G6: Arts)

IL 375
Book Illustration II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 374
Explores aspects of book illustration, with emphasis on specific imagery for specialized areas such as children's books, science fiction, and juvenile. Emphasis is on professional procedures and portfolio preparation.

IL 376
Fantasy and Science Fiction Illustration
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students explore this genre of illustration through consideration of art, film, novels, and mythology to develop the creative skills necessary to produce images that rely on the imagination, and the extrapolation and integration of visual reference.

IL 382
The Illustrator's Visual Self-expression
3.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 5 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 212 or IL 224
Explores fantasy and symbolism, and poses conceptual challenges with the intent to expand the students' imagination and help them develop and express their personal viewpoints through composition and rendering of design elements.

IL 383
Advanced Drawing and Composition: The Personal View
3.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 5 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 382
Students acquire special drawing techniques to provide new ways of perceiving subjects. Emphasis is on complex projects (multiple figures in background) and research.

IL 384
Illustrating for Contemporary Media I: Concept and Character

2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 212 or IL 227
Using their imagination and traditional drawing, painting and conceptual skills, students create dynamic concept art and character illustrations for comic books, television, films, video games and the web. They create action figure drawings, develop sets and props, construct scratch models and maquettes and render visually exciting places, characters, objects and technologies.

IL 385
Illustrating for Contemporary Media II: Images in Sequence
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 384
Students apply their traditional drawing skills to conceptualize, compose and render imaginative story board applications for comic books, television, films, video games and the web. Students work from scripts and learn to think in terms of time and space to create memorable and believable sequential illustrative imagery.

IL 388
Materials and Techniques: Mixed Media, Including Photography

2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 212 or IL 224
Examines the range of media available to the illustrator, including use of photographic reference material. Emphasis is on use of varied techniques to solve difficult or unusual design problems.

IL 389
Materials and Techniques: Mixed Media, Including Photography
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 388
Examines the range of unusual and experimental media available to the illustrator. Enlarges and develops students' personal techniques as it explores experimental options.

IL 461
Illustration Workshop
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 383 and IL 389
Exposes students to the working world by assigning actual client-generated projects. Students become familiar with standard business practices including client approval, bookkeeping systems, work schedules, and billing procedures. Reproduction-ready artwork is ultimately delivered to the client.

IL 463
Illustrator's Portfolio Development
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
The illustrator focuses on creating a professional-quality portfolio, developing specific commercial applications and markets for work, and career networking as the transition is made from art student to art professional.

IL 471
The Illustrator as Documentary Artist I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 383 and IL 389
Acquaints the student with the special considerations of reportage illustration. New techniques to capture the immediacy of on-the-spot specialized illustration are introduced.

IL 472
The Illustrator as Documentary Artist II
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 471
Allows a more in-depth study for the documentary artist, including the completion of a portfolio of on-location illustrations. Varied techniques are explored to encourage students to develop an individual approach.

IL 482
Color Rendering in Advanced Media I
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 389
Examines the techniques, materials, and methods of painting in oils and/or acrylics as they apply to illustration. Encourages professional development as well as experimentation in visual and narrative elements and style.

IL 483
Color Rendering in Advanced Media II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 482
Utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in IL 482, students concentrate on developing a highly finished illustration technique while continuing to evolve their individual styles in painting.

IL 491
Mentor/Specialization Projects I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 389
Encourages the development of the student as a professional. Several semester projects are individually selected and completed under the supervision of the professional mentor who may be a working professional, a faculty member who is an expert in a particular area of illustration, or a successful graduate.

IL 492
Mentor/Specialization Projects II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 491
Under the guidance of a professional mentor, the student has the opportunity to expand an area of specialization and develop a second specialty. Portfolio organization is emphasized.

IL 499
Independent Study in Illustration
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

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