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The Graphic Design A.A.S. option in Illustration is designed for individuals seeking skills and education necessary to work commercially as an illustrator. A variety of specialized areas including children’s book, editorial, comic book, fashion, commercial or advertising, and scientific illustration will be explored through investigating the history, the modern world, and utilizing hands-on experience with digital imaging and computer aided drawing software in addition to traditional mediums. In-depth study of the elements and principles of art and design will be encouraged to master technical and creative skills in digital arts, illustration, design techniques and drawing. A portfolio demonstrating digital imaging, drawing, and illustration skills will be presents upon completion of the program.
Approximately one-half of all program graduates go on to complete a baccalaureate degree in game art, animation, graphic design, film, video or illustration.

Graduates of the program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze the history of visual culture and design theory and apply historical relevance in the context of modern industry issues and trends
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on understanding the functions of graphic design and illustration
  • Implement current and emerging technologies such as both PC and Macintosh platforms as production tools
  • Utilize problem solving techniques and creative thinking skills across a wide range of media to capture the attention of the intended audiences
  • Collaborate with diverse teams of creative contributors, production personnel and clients while working with creative constraints and deadlines
  • Apply knowledge of intellectual property issues
  • Produce a professional portfolio in both traditional and digital formats
  • Qualify for various entry-level industry positions, including desktop publishing, graphic designers, production artists, digital image processors, digital illustrators and assistant art directors


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