Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule

 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    IL 104

    Intro to Ink for Illustrators

    This class is an introduction to the traditional and inventive use of drawing with pen, brush and ink. Course projects cover a full repertoire of practice sheets, line-making techniques, including cross hatching, gesture, stippling, and freestyle lines, as well as brush work and ink washes. There will be a focus on materials and demonstrations explaining proper use of pen, nibs, brushes, ink and paper choices.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    IL 107

    Portrait Drawing in Illustration: People and Animals

    Beginning level portraiture class - human and animal. This course explores various drawing techniques with a focus on proportion, structure, features, ethnicity and likeness to develop accurate as well as expressive illustrative portraits. Students will be working from live models, photographs and imagination including excursions to Maine Audubon to draw from their collection.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    IL 110

    Methods and Media in Illustration

    Students learn and build technical skills using a variety of water based materials such as acrylic, gouache, and watercolor as they apply to illustration. Students will gain an understanding of the effective use of color through painting and color mixing exercises. Focus on representational and observation. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : None

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    IL 212

    Illustration in Context

    An introduction to illustration as a profession. Students do a variety of illustration assignments including editorial, book, and product illustration. Students learn illustration terminology and the beginnings of professionalism. Departmental Requirement for incoming majors: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: Any l00 level Illustration elective and either DR 228 or DR 120 or permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisites : Any 100 IL, and DR 228 or DR 120

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    IL 230

    Motion Graphics and Animation

    This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic principles of time-based visual storytelling with moving images. Based on a survey of historical and contemporary examples, projects and exercises will lead the student through important aspects of conveying information, narrative and personality. Professional software will be used in creating time based vehicles used in dramatic, promotional and documentary contexts. Elective: 3 credits; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: one 100/200 elective in IL or GD or DM, and FN 101.

    Prerequisites : Prerequisites: one 100/200 elective in IL or GD or DM, and FN 101.

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    IL 304

    The Narrative: Illustration Stories

    This course offers an in-depth study of narrative forms. A strong focus on drawing skills and research will aid students in developing scenarios and/or characters and the environments they inhabit in sequential contexts. Students work in a variety of media, both traditional and digital. This course examines historical and modern day trends in graphic novels, comics, and picture/chapter books, etc.

    Prerequisites : This course is open to Juniors and Seniors. Second year students may apply and will be admitted based on individual portfolio review.

    3 credits
    IL 322

    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 build a cohesive, portfolio-ready body of work consisting of 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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    IL 340

    Editorial Illustration

    Editorial illustration continues to be a key component of the illustration industry. In this class, students will go through a step by step process of creating an editorial illustration from the original text to the final illustration in context. Process will include brainstorming, sketching, drawing, revisions, digital production, to final. Personal point of view, experimentation, and exploration of materials will be encouraged. Evaluation of the current modern day editorial industry will be discussed and examined. Elective: 3 credits; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors. Second year students may apply and will be admitted based on individual portfolio review.

    Prerequisites : Prerequisites: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors. Second year students may apply and will be admitted based on individual portfolio review.

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    IL 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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    SEM 351

    Motive, Method, Making (GD & IL)

    This course explores the materials and methods of working in design and illustration through a series of intensive hands-on workshops. Processes may include Risograph printing, letterpress printing, prototyping packaging, an introduction to the Fab Lab, animation, and building a web presence. Conceptual exploration of a semester-long theme will be a common tying narrative to a visual language that is material specific. Whether 2D, 3D, time based, interactive, linear or nonlinear, methods of making influences the strategies applied within the design and illustration studio today. REQUIRED for Juniors in Illustration and Graphic Design: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: Must be majoring.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : REQUIRED for Juniors in Illustration and Graphic Design

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits. Major requirement: 3 credits/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits