Art—B.F.A., Concentration in Illustration

Illustration is art with a target. It is an image or series of images created for reproduction and distribution to a broad audience, such as a picture book or magazine cover. However illustration might also be a production component of a larger work, such as a film or video game. Illustration attracts creative people who like to draw and want to make images that communicate. This concentration leads to the development of a cohesive body of work, a professional portfolio, and BFA exhibition. 


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) in Art Courses of 3.0.
  • BFA students are required to pass a Senior Review and Exhibition in order to complete the program.


Transfer students may have up to 30 credits from an Associates in Fine Arts Degree applied to major course requirements in the BFA program if approved by a faculty advisor or the department chair.

Required Foundation Courses:12
ART 110Two Dimensional Design3
ART 111Three Dimensional Design3
ART 115Drawing Studio I3
ART 185Computer Graphics3
Required Art History Courses:12
ART 131World Art II3
ART 106Contemporary Art3
ART 232History of Communication Design3
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3
Required Studio Courses:36
ART 219Life Drawing I3
ART 235Illustration I3
ART 236Advanced Illustration3
ART 238Drawing for Designers & Illustrators3
ART 243Rendering Techniques3
ART 245Color Theory3
ART 283Introduction to Graphic Design3
ART 305Life Drawing II3
ART 307Relief Printing3
or ART 309 Silkscreen
ART 310Digital Illustration I3
ART 320Classical Animation3
ART 425Digital Illustration II3
Art/Co-Op Electives:15
Select 5 Art Courses in Consultation with a Faculty Advisor
Required BFA Courses:6
ART 450Portfolio Preparation1
ART 465Bachelor Fine Arts Seminar1
ART 398Studio Research I2
ART 399Studio Research II2
Total Credits81
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
MATH 114 Contemporary Mathematics 3
ART 115 Drawing Studio I 3
ART 110 Two Dimensional Design 3
General Education Tier I 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College 1
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition 2 ESL
ART 131 World Art II 3
ART 111 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 185 Computer Graphics 3
General Education Tier I 3
Semester 1
ART 106 Contemporary Art 3
ART 238 Drawing for Designers & Illustrators 3
ART 283 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
General Education Tier I 3
Studio Art Elective 3
Semester 2
ART 243 Rendering Techniques 3
ART 219 Life Drawing I 3
Studio Art Elective 3
Art History Elective (200-400 Level) 3
General Education Tier II 3
Semester 1
ART 235 Illustration I 3
ART 305 Life Drawing II 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Studio Art Elective 3
Semester 2
ART 310 Digital Illustration I 3
ART 245 Color Theory 3
ART 232 History of Communication Design 3
Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
ART 425 Digital Illustration II 3
ART 398 Studio Research I 2
ART 236 Advanced Illustration 3
ART 307
Relief Printing
or Silkscreen
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
ART 450 Portfolio Preparation 1
ART 465 Bachelor Fine Arts Seminar 1
ART 399 Studio Research II 2
ART 320 Classical Animation 3
Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
 Total Credits120

**BFA Students are Exempt from the Creative Process and Production Mode of Inquiry Course Requirements within General Education Tier I and Tier II.


Upon completion of the B.F.A., with a concentration in Illustration, students will be able to: 

  1. Compose artworks in a range of visual art studio practices with technical proficiency.
  2. Analyze formal elements of works of art, craft, and design or other items of material culture.
  3. Interpret works of art in light of the social and historic context in which they were produced.
  4. Develop a professional art/design portfolio.
  5. Produce an art/design exhibition thesis.