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IL 204 Illustration I

This course is an introduction to the very basic concepts of illustration. There is an emphasis on learning and experimenting with various media used in the creation of illustrations. It is also an introduction to learning to problem solve though their drawing. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: foundation year courses and two studio electives; one being another drawing class.

 

IL 206 Illustration II

This course is an expansion of the basic concepts and various techniques introduced in Illustration One. The emphasis is on visual communication through problem solving in a broad range of illustration approaches, as well as developing a visual vocabulary to communicate ideas. Class projects explore the relationship between image and text, the use of metaphor as a communication tool, the processes of brainstorming, researching, revising and refining visual ideas into illustrations. Students will draw on location, from the model, from each other, from reference, and from personal inspiration, sharpening both drawing skills and the ability to make connections from their work to the broader spectrum of the illustration field. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: IL 204.

 

IL 306 The Graphic Novel

This course is offered for students interested in using comics and sequential art as a means of communication and personal expression.  The Graphic Novel is a medium that is uniquely personal and combines the disciplines of writing, illustration, book design, text design, set design, fashion and graphic design in conveying a narrative.  Students will apply drawing and graphic design skills to develop signature styles in longer-term projects, while exploring possibilities of the medium by experimenting in storytelling, page layout, drawing styles and different media in shorter projects.  There is an emphasis on self-publishing.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: IL 204-IL 206.

IL 315 Character Design

This course is designed to guide students through the development of characters used in books, animation, toys and game design. Students will learn to design characters using a variety drawing systems and techniques in order to suit specific narratives and media. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors. Second year students may apply and will be admitted based on individual portfolio review.  

IL 316 Painting for Illustrators

In this course students will explore the expressive nature of a wide variety of paint media as used in illustration. During the semester students will create work in oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolor and learn the advantages and practical application of each medium. Students will be required to supply their own materials including paper, canvas and the medium listed above. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors. Second year students may apply and will be admitted based on individual portfolio review.

IL 317 Illustrators at Work

This course is run as if it were a working illustration studio.  All of the assignments in the course will be actual illustration assignments from real clients.  Students will be guided through client contact, sketch and concept development to final presentation to client.  In addition, Illustrators at Work will introduce students to specific business practices associated with illustration. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors. Second year students may apply and will be admitted based on individual portfolio review.    

IL 321– 421 Illustration Majors Studio

This course further exposes students to a range of illustration formats and genres.  Students build and hone drawing and technical skills, establish and maintain research methods, and explore materials and concepts. Third and fourth year students work to solve visual problems with short and long deadlines, combine observational skills, research, and invention in innovative ways, experiment to gain more fluency, and work in stages of formal and conceptual refinement. A student may work in representational, narrative, or conceptual genres on assignment-based projects, and gain experience in contemporary practices, including process, the articulation of ideas, and presentation. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Major standing.

IL 322 – 423 Illustration Majors Studio

Students strengthen and refine skill sets, further developing research methods, practicing self-critique, meeting deadlines, and locating their personal voice and interests. Third-year students continue to work with shorter-term assignment-based illustration projects and focus on certain methods with faculty support. Seniors work on a cohesive, portfolio-ready body of work on both short-term and long-term projects where skill, research, and personal voice are concrete and visible. Guest illustrators, studio visits, critiques, field trips, and readings continue to support and broaden their experience and understanding of the field, presentation, and professional practices. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Major standing.

IL 351 Introduction to the Discipline

This seminar course provides an overview of the history of illustration from the perspective of critical genres and movements in illustration. Students will participate in lectures, engage in short readings and will work on projects individually and collaboratively.  For example, students will be asked to select an illustration genre, find a contemporary parallel and present their findings. Students will interview local artists, give presentations, go on field trips, do workshops and visit studios to further engage in a dialogue of the uses, definitions, and value of illustration as an enduring social art form. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Major standing.