Illustration

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art

  • Professors who are working professionals with first-hand industry knowledge
  • Courses tailored to your interests and strengths, to foster a broad understanding of this exciting field
  • Students are encouraged to find their individual voice

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Illustration at Marywood

Marywood's illustration program prepares students for the demanding and competitive field of illustration. Courses center on concept, image creation, and an understanding of a variety of techniques, while stressing the social, political, and ethical responsibilities of the artist and the impact illustration has had, and continues to have, on society.

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Sue Jenkins
Assistant Professor of Art

Peter Hoffer
Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Printmaking, Foundations

Dr. Christa Irwin
Assistant Professor Art History, Area Coordinator - Arts Administration

Dennis Corrigan
Assistant Professor of Art
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.

Computer resources include AutoCADsoftware, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting studios.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Christina

I moved across the globe to Dubai, served as photo editor for Cosmopolitan Middle East, and currently work as a freelance photo editor for various magazines.

After working at Marie Claire & Shape Magazine in New York City for four years, I moved across the globe to Dubai where I served as photo editor for the iconic Cosmopolitan Middle East, the bestselling woman's magazine in the GCC.  I'm currently a freelance photo editor for various magazines.

As photo editor of a magazine, I am responsible for finding the images seen throughout the magazine.  I also direct the photo shoots, working with the photographer and the subjects, to make sure we always get the perfect image. 

Working and living in the Middle East is not as scary as most American’s might envision. I have met some of the most intellectual people, live a very comfortable life, and have the ability to travel very easily. Dubai has become a hub in the region within the last 10 years. As a bonus, it has been great to learn about the Islamic and Arabic culture that surrounds me, while still interacting with a lot of expats who are just like me.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Emphasis

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Common Requirements Courses for 2-D Emphasis and 3-D Emphasis and the Art Therapy Program

Foundational Courses
18 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 233* Painting I
3
ART 241 Computer Graphics
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

*Graphic Design Majors must take ART 210, Introduction to Typography, in place of ART 233, Painting I.

Additional Common Courses
12 credits

ART 113* Art History I
3
ART 114* Art History II
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
3
ART XXX Art History Elective or Studio Elective
(Art Therapy students required to take Studio Elective)
3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review
0
DEAN 071 Undergraduate Degree Candidacy
0

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.


B.F.A. 
Illustration Track

48 credits

Students in the 2-D illustration track are prepared for the demanding and competitive field of illustration. Courses center on concept and development, image design, and an understanding of finish techniques, while stressing the social, political, and ethical responsibilities of the artist and the impact illustration has had, and continues to have, on society.

ART 210 Introduction To Typography 3
ART 215A Figure Drawing I 3
ART 215B Figure Drawing II 3
ART 221A Visual Concepts 3
ART 226 Basic Printmaking 3
ART 314 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 327 Intaglio 3
ART 335 Painting for the Illustrator 3
ART 345 Painting II 3
ART 422A General Illustration I 3
ART 422B General Illustration II 3
ART 424 Intermediate Illustration 6
ART 427B Advanced Problems in Visual Communication 6
ART 431 History of American Illustration 3
ART 441M Digital Illustration 3