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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Dennis Corrigan
Assistant Professor of Art

Stephanie Wise
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

Sue Jenkins
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

John Meza
Associate 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.

Elizabeth

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.

I graduated from Marywood University in May 2014 and currently work as a Communication Specialist for Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC), a small non-profit organization based outside Philadelphia.  MVC places volunteers for one year of service in cities across the United States and South America.  Their mission is to support people who are poor and marginalized through the efforts of our volunteers, support teams, alumni, and staff. 

As a Communication Specialist, I am responsible for the marketing of their brand and their internal and external communications.  My responsibilities range from producing monthly newsletters to press releases on their new volunteer positions and service site expansions.  MVC is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, so I also work closely with the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy.  Working for Mercy Volunteer Corps as a graphic designer has given me many opportunities to expand my skills.  I work with some of the most wonderful people who are always supportive of my creative process and encourage me to continue learning through conferences, webinars, and other events.

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.  Mercy Volunteer Corps is truly the dream job for me and I could not have gotten where I am without the support and guidance of the Marywood community!

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.