VA: Illustration


Illustrators tell stories, express ideas and communicate through visual art. The profession spans a wide range of applications, encompassing graphic novels, scientific illustration, visual development for animation and games, children’s books, interactive illustration and anything an illustrator can bring to life. Given the vast array of opportunities, today’s illustrators must understand how to communicate effectively with a chosen medium and situate their work professionally within a particular market. Students in the illustration emphasis receive instruction in conceptual illustration, digital illustration, rendering, perspective, painting, exhibition preparation, professional practices and the use of various artistic and illustration techniques.

The Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts

This degree program only accepts applications once a year. For detailed information on portfolio and application materials, consult the following guidelines: Illustration Portfolio Guidelines.

Applications must be uploaded to by November 1, 2016, 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time). Applications are only accepted on-line and must be formatted to the specifications listed on SlideRoom. There is a $30 fee to apply.

For step-by-step instructions for submitting a portfolio and application, consult: Portfolio Submission Instructions for SlideRoom.

To be eligible to apply applicants must have cumulative fine arts/art history GPA of 2.75 and must have completed (or currently be enrolled in) the following courses: FINE 1100 Drawing I, 1400 2D Design, 1500 3D Design, 2155 Introduction to Digital Photography, 2030 Life Drawing, 2600 Art History Survey I, 2610 Art History Survey II (transfer students not yet enrolled at CU Denver do not need to have 2155 and 2610).

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