Illustrators give visual substance to thoughts, stories, and ideas. The Illustration Department prepares its students for entry into the fields of book and periodical publishing, promotion, advertising, design, and specialty fields.
Illustrators must call upon a broad range of traditional and up-to-date competencies to respond to today’s visual problems. As visual communicators, illustrators need to be open-minded, eclectic, flexible, and imaginative. The illustrator’s solution should be appropriate, intelligent, expressive, and visually engaging.
In order to prepare for a career in this competitive field, The University of the Arts Illustration student develops skills that encompass two-dimensional media: from painting and drawing to photography, design, production processes, and emerging opportunities in digital image-making. Students may concentrate on a traditional, a digital, or a design-oriented illustration curriculum. These skills are nurtured within a stimulating cultural climate provided by the resources of the faculty, visiting professionals, a gallery exhibition program, the University, and the city at large. Each student progresses from general competencies to a personal viewpoint, clarified career goals, a professional attitude, and a finished portfolio.