Illustration

About our Illustration 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

Duration:

4 years

Credits:

120

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

    First Year Experience

    24

    General Education Courses

    42

    Illustration Courses

    24

    Elective Courses

    30

    Total credits

    120

  • Degree Requirements

    First Year Experience Courses

    Credits

    FYE102 Spatial Dynamics

    3

    FYE103 Design Solutions

    3

    FYE104 Drawing I

    4

    FYE105 The Power of Why

    2

    FYE152 Creative Thinking

    4

    FYE153 Narrative Design

    4

    FYE154 Drawing II

    4

    Total credits

    24


    Seminar Courses

    Credits

    VC200 Visual Communication Seminar I

    3

    VC250 Visual Communication Seminar II

    3

    VC300 Visual Communication Seminar III

    3

    VC350 Visual Communication Seminar IV

    3

    Total credits

    12


    Studio Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    15


    Advanced Application Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    12


    Capstone Courses

    Credits

    Portfolio

    Total credits

    3


    Core Studio Courses

    Credits

    IL200 Illustration Media

    3

    IL201 Vector-Based Illustration

    3

    IL304 Digital Painting

    3

    SA205 Painting I

    3

    Total credits

    12

    General Education

    Lower Level Courses

    Credits

    GE101 Art History - Paleolithic to Renaissance

    3

    GE102 Art History - Renaissance to 21st Century

    3

    GE105 English Composition

    3

    GE106 Principles of Communication

    3

    Total credits

    12


    Upper Level Courses*

    Credits

    Math

    3

    Science

    3

    Social and Behavioral Science

    3

    Humanities

    3

    Art History

    15

    Professional Practices

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * Upper level course availability is determined based on student need.

  • 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

Other programs

We offer a range of art and design programs at SUVA