Bachelor of Fine Arts – 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.
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Illustration Emphasis
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. In preparation for a professional illustration career, the course work allows students to master numerous essential digital and traditional tools and work to successfully bring the two together in ambitious and innovative illustrative work.
Students begin their work at CU Denver by enrolling in visual arts foundations and lower division arts courses. This first year to year and a half of studio work prepares students for submitting a portfolio to their choice of emphasis for their bachelor fine arts degree. Students are encouraged to submit to more than one area at the time of their portfolio application.
Students who are applying for entrance into the illustration emphasis are required to submit a portfolio of ten digital images, a written statement, and unofficial transcript(s) from CU Denver and all previous post-secondary educational institutions. Applications must be uploaded to SlideRoom. There is a fall and spring application deadline. However, it is important to be aware that students graduate in the Spring semester only with their completed BFA thesis work. Students should plan entry into the program accordingly. Upon acceptance, students will be able to register for upper-division illustration courses.
For step-by-step instructions for submitting a portfolio and application, consult: Illustration Portfolio Guidelines.
To be eligible to apply, students must have a cumulative fine arts/art history GPA of 2.0 and must have complete, or be currently enrolled in the equivalents of the following courses: FINE 1100 Drawing I, FINE 1400 Two-Dimensional Design, FINE 1500 Three-Dimensional Design, FINE 2155 Introduction to Digital Photography, FINE 2405 Introduction to Digital Design, FINE 2600 Art History Survey I, FINE 2610 Art History Survey II
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