Illustration - A.A.S. Degree

Turn your passion for comic books and animation into a career!

Our dedicated team of staff and faculty will help you from your application to graduation. Sussex provides a solid framework on which to build your college education for a successful future.

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This program is 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.

The objectives of this program are 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 using both PC and Macintosh platforms as production tools.
  • Utilize problem solving techniques and critical thinking skills across a wide range of media to capture the attention of 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, web designers, digital image processors, digital illustrators and assistant art directors.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
GRAD101 Design I 3
GRAD105 Vector Graphic and Page Design 3
GRAD107 Drawing for Designers 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
MAST000 Math/Science/Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GRAD128 Digital Imagery and Editing 3
GRAD138 Comic Book Illustration 3
GRAD153 Character Design 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
ARTA103 Art History I 3
GRAD109 Understanding Social Media 3
GRAD139 Children’s Book Illustration 3
GRAD150 Storyboarding and Sequential Storytelling 3
GRAD144 Color for Designers 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
ARTA104 Art History II 3
GRAD230 Directed Themes in Illustration 3
GRAD280 Graphic Design Internship 2
GRAD281 Portfolio Preparation and Presentation 1
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.