Turn your love of illustration into a life-long career.
The mission of the Illustration program is to prepare students to understand and use imagery to communicate a message or narrative to impact an audience. In this program, you’ll gain a strong foundation in image creation and project development through applications of traditional and digital media techniques. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with the classical training and modern approaches that are desired by contemporary print and web-based publishers.Contact Admissions
What You’ll Learn
Discover how to convey an idea or create an emotion through your artwork.
Develop strong foundations in traditional hand-drawn approaches to illustration.
Become fluent in digital techniques, linking the traditional concepts, theories, and practice of illustration with an ever-evolving marketplace.
Apply the process of an illustration project – from research of the subject to developing ideas through sketching – to the finished image.
Create work in series of images maintaining a cohesive stylistic approach and demonstrated execution of Illustration program competencies.
The Illustration Business
Explore the history of the illustration profession and gain a critical understanding of the publishing business.
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Choose Your Path
Book and Editorial
In the Book and Editorial Concentration, you’ll discover the concepts of visually interpreting narratives for children, young readers, or adults using a cohesive style and technique. This concentration creates a strong foundation in conceptualization, allowing students to become experts in creating artwork that responds to current events, business, social, political or cultural issues.
In the Sequential Art Concentration, you’ll have the opportunity to create graphic novels, short stories, and comics, all while developing an individual style and graphic vocabulary. You’ll explore creative writing, figure design, typography, graphic storytelling and more.
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Ready to start creating?
Two years at DCAD can open a world of creative opportunities. Prepare yourself for a career as a professional artist, build a portfolio, or get a head start on a four-year art program — all while saving money. Apply today or get in touch with the DCAD Admissions office for help getting started.