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BFA Major in Illustration

Illustration

Our trans-disciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare you for a future at the forefront of contemporary illustration.

ILLUSTRATORS RE-IMAGINE OUR WORLD

Illustrators are excited by the surprising unpredictability of contemporary imagery in our media-driven world. Learn the language of visual communication while engaging in relentless experimentation. Students encounter a range of challenges in areas that integrate animation, drawing, new media, printmaking, photography, painting, design, sound art, motion graphics, digital sculpture, and installation.

Through professional and personal experiences, you will be able to create a personal body of work that reflects your individual vision.

AS AN ILLUSTRATOR YOU WILL:

  • Create Illustrations that utilize combinations of foundational skills in design, type, color, and value
  • Refine observational drawing and painting skills
  • Create skillsets using various combinations of analog and digital media
  • Identify effective and ineffective compositional tools to communicate when making an image
  • Model the individual and collaborative studio work environment students will encounter post-graduation
  • Work on client-driven projects that mirror the ever-changing industry of illustration
  • Discuss how one’s own work and the work of peers meet the criteria of the assignments
  • Gain a working knowledge of contemporary illustrators and their work
  • Create work that is informed about current illustration industry norms

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Change the world with your Pen.

Many Art Academy illustration graduates have pursued careers as gaming designers, in house and corporate illustrators, photographers, and fulltime analog and digital designers. Graduates also thrive in entrepreneurial and freelance enterprises.
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Tools & Facilities

Illustration provides:
  • Wacom Cintiq pads, surface Pros, Drawing tablets, and other digital drawing tools are able to be checked out to students
  • Three Computer Labs complete with color printers and flatbed scanners
  • Full Adobe Creative Suite for all students
  • Light tables and projectors
  • Collaborative working spaces, and HD monitors in every classroom

After your time at AAC, you’ll be ready to become a…​

Illustrator

Animator

Art Director

Creative Director

Graphic Designer

Concept Artist

Digital Designer

Game Designer

Photographer

Packaging Designer

Forensic Artist

Storyboard Artist

Comic Book Illustrator

Medical Illustrator

Entrepreneur

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