Illustration

About the program

In SUVA’s Bachelor of Arts in Illustration program, students learn to use their imagination to create drawings, paintings, and other works of art that communicate ideas. SUVA’s Illustration program includes foundation courses in illustration, graphics, and design. The curriculum then expands to advanced courses. Students learn to present professional concepts by exploring a variety of media and hands-on techniques. In preparation for their career, students develop a marketable portfolio demonstrating their abilities. A focus on real-world applications provides the training necessary to become a professional product and licensing illustrator, advertising or publishing illustrator or digital illustrator.

Cover image: Dustin Spencer

Location:

Tucson or Albuquerque

Duration:

4 years

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

The classes are designed to inspire and push you to take your passion for art and use it to make something amazing. The teachers also have a passion for the subjects they teach and because of the small class sizes they are able to work with you on an individual basis.

Madi McGarity

  • Overview

    As an Illustrator, you could work with authors, advertising agencies, magazine publishers, video game manufacturers, television studios, and more. Imagine how rewarding it would be creating visuals for a new children’s book. Think of what it would feel like seeing your images on a poster for a new movie. Imagine making detailed environments for the next big video game. As a professional Illustrator, you combine your education from Southwest University of Visual Arts with your lifelong passion for drawing to create dynamic images that excite and astound different viewing audiences around the world.


    Courses

    Credits

    Universal Foundation Courses

    39

    General Education Courses

    27

    Illustration Courses

    53

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    125

  • Year 1

    Academic calendar for first year students:


    Freshman Modules

    Credits

    A/D101 Concepts through History I

    Students learn how light, color, perspective, space, sight, sound, touch, etc. reflect culture and ideas.

    3

    A/D102 Spatial Dynamics

    Students learn how space can be manipulated to develop impactful designs.

    4

    A/D103 Design Solutions I

    Students complete a variety of projects that demonstrate the principles and elements in 2D and 3D formats.

    3

    A/D104 Drawing I

    Students begin to develop eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design.

    4

    A/D105 The Power of Why I

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    A/D115 Concepts through History II

    Students continue learning how artists and designers throughout history use concepts to make art.

    3

    A/D116 Narrative Design

    Students learn how to connect parts of a story to create a purposeful experience.

    3

    A/D117 Design Solutions II

    Students continue learning the principles and elements of design with the addition of color, light and time. Prereq. A/D-U 103.

    3

    A/D118 Drawing II

    The students practice eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design. Prereq: A/D-U104

    4

    A/D119 The Power of Why II

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    Total credits

    29

    After the Freshman year, students enhance their learning by taking 6 credits of elective courses to explore and develop understanding in subjects of conceptual, or technical interest.

  • Year 2

    Academic calendar for second year students:


    Sophomore Modules

    Credits

    A/D203 Creative Thinking

    Students learn to analyze contemporary artist’s and designer’s work to understand the universal creative process.

    4

    ILS200 Into the Studio: Intro to Typography, Layout, Production

    Students take what they learn in Creative Thinking and begin learning the Illustration process. Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating images that have meaning for the viewer.

    5

    A/D201 Voice and Vision (Required)

    Students learn how simplicity, metaphors and analogies keep their message clear and concise.

    3

    A/D202 English Composition (Required)

    Students learn to compose an essay and organize a thesis to use in academic environments.

    3

    ILC210 Creating Concepts I: History of Illustration, Intro to Illustration

    Students demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between concept, illustration, human experience and the artist’s responsibility to create an experience for the viewer.

    4

    ILS210 Illustration Studio I: Intro to Traditional and Digital Media and Techniques I

    Students complete a variety of engaging individual and collaborative projects at the introductory level to produce images that communicate ideas and impact the viewer.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    15

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 3

    Academic calendar for third year students:


    Junior Modules

    Credits

    ILC300 Creating Concepts II: Connecting with the Viewer

    Students build on concepts learned in Creating Concepts I to develop deeper, more complex illustrations.

    4

    ILS300 Illustration Studio II: Traditional and Digtial Media and Techniques II

    Students learn through different challenges and hands-on experience new ways of creating work that communicate ideas and impact the viewer.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    ILC310 Creating Concepts III: Telling Stories

    Students develop concepts used to create original, effective illustrations that have meaning and clearly communicate to viewers the artist’s intention.

    4

    ILS310 Illustration Studio III: Traditional and Digital Media and Techniques III

    Students challenge themselves and are challenged by their peers and instructors to learn advanced skills.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 4

    Academic calendar for final year students:


    Senior Modules

    Credits

    ILC400 Senior Seminar I: Advanced Illustration Concepts I

    Students develop an original and independent body of work that engages viewers at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    ILS400 Senior Studio I: Advanced Illustration Media

    Students learn to produce creative solutions for the Advertising, Licensing and Publishing industries that demonstrate the student’s versatility.

    5

    GE329 Professional Practices

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    ILC410 Senior Seminar II: Advanced Illustration Concepts II

    Students in their senior year complete a body of work that unifies the subjects learned in previous semesters.

    4

    ILS410 Senior Studio II: Portfolio Preparation

    Students in their senior year complete a body of work that unifies the subjects learned.

    5

    ILC420 Internship: Reality Illustration

    Students work directly with professionals to develop, apply and evaluate their skills within the Illustration field.

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Minoring

    Create drawings, paintings and other forms of art to communicate experiences. Students explore various media and techniques including digital applications to present concepts to influence the viewer.


    Courses

    Credits

    ILM101 Illustration Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    ILM102 Illustration Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Illustration at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

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