Illustration (Studio Art)

Bachelor of Fine Arts - BFA

  • Professors are working professionals with first-hand knowledge
  • Courses tailored to your interests & strengths, foster broad understanding 
  • Specialize in General Illustration or Book Illustration

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The goal of the Illustration Program at Marywood is to prepare the student for the demanding and competitive field of illustration. The courses center on concept and development, image design and an understanding of a variety 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.

Marywood University professor Dennis Corrigan and his students discuss their 3-D illustration course (video)

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Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell
Associate Professor of Art

Dr. Linda Dugan Partridge
Associate Professor Art History, Art History Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Brangers
Assistant Professor

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

Studio Arts

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.

Diana

I had several job offers immediately after graduating from Marywood.

I graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia.  I am currently a Visual Web Designer Consultant for Verizon Wireless.  I had several job offers immediately after graduating and chose the Verizon Wireless position because I am a big fan of the company and knew it would be an amazing experience. 

I have worked on numerous innovative projects and have been responsible for many of the visual elements on the Verizon Wireless website, which is visited by millions of customers.  My assignments have included home page marquees, landing pages, page redesigns, and even being assigned the responsibility of Lead Designer for the Valentine's Day 2015 creative and device launches.  I absolutely love my job and am so thankful for this opportunity.  Every day is a new challenge and I welcome it.

Looking back, I believe that Marywood's school size contributed a great deal to my achievements.  I do not think I would have been able to do as much as I did at a larger school.  At Marywood, the classes were small and professors were always available to answer questions.

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 Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, 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.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

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 215A Figure Drawing I
3
ART 233 Painting I
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

B.F.A. Studio Art (2-D)
Illustration Track

42 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 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II 3
ART 215B Figure Drawing II 3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
ART 221A Visual Concepts 3
ART 226 Basic Printmaking 3
ART 314 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 315A Basic Photography 3
ART 422B General Illustration II 3
ART 424 Intermediate Illustration 6
ART 427B Advanced Problems in Visual Communication 6
ART 441M Digital Illustration 3
Art Elective Studio or Fieldwork 3

*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.