Degree Programs

Graphic Communication: Illustration AAS

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Illustrators use a variety of media to create a personal expression. The media may be paint and brush, pencil, or pixel, but the purpose is the same: to interpret a portion of the world pictorially. Illustrators are visual creators who stress communication. The illustrator’s subject may be comic or serious, political or interpretative. Each person brings their own perspective, talent, and skill to the canvas or computer screen. The result is art that communicates in advertising, newspapers, books, the internet, CD-ROM, film, and magazines. Tools used in the program are required, costing approximately $100.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare students for a career as an illustrator
    Students will develop a professional portfolio consisting of 15 – 20 pieces of art that can be used to present themselves in the job market
Goal 2 To prepare the student to communicate effectively
  • Students in the program will demonstrate the ability to interact with clients on a professional level
  • Students will communicate appropriately with instructor and peers
Goal 3 To prepare students to self-promote and market their skills
  • Students of the program will demonstrate an understanding of the methods of self-promotion and representation that are common to the field of illustration – a field highly dependent on free-lancer
Goal 4 To prepare students to use accepted creative methodology accepted in the field of illustration
  • Students will demonstrate creative problem solving methodology using visual art development procedures – series of research, brain-storming, thumbnails, sketches, final art
Goal 5 To prepare students as creative visual problem-solvers
  • Students in the program will demonstrate their abilities as creative visual problem-solvers appropriate to client needs by working with instructors-as-art-directors on all illustration projects
Goal 6 To successfully prepare students to transfer
  • Graduates of the illustration program will be accepted to a four-year school
  • Graduates transfer with junior status
Goal 7 To provide students with knowledge of relevant human anatomy for the artist
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of relevant human anatomy in artwork
Goal 8 Students will use technology effectively to create artwork
  • Graduates will be able to access various computer systems to effectively and efficiently create artwork
  • Students will successfully complete artwork using personal computer software applications
Goal 9 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA101 General Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for visual communication. Coursework includes both the study of fundamentals of perspective and the theory of light and shade, as well as a survey of graphic representation. Classroom work consists of drawings that show line, value, tone, form, texture, space, and proportion. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA103 Figure Drawing 1
This is an introductory course in drawing the human figure, focusing on the body’s geometric and anatomical structure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model and plaster sculpture casts. A hierarchy of form, working from general to specific, is emphasized. Studio work is supplemented by lectures and critiques on the principles of accurate representation of the human form in pictorial space, including gesture, proportion, anatomy, and light on form. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IL105 Illus Methods and Matls
This course includes experimental work with techniques and media most commonly used in preparing illustrations for reproduction. Finished artwork is rendered and prepared in black and white, and in color. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GD121 Digital Typography
This course covers the fundamentals of typesetting and typography. It includes a study of the development of type designs, typesetting methods, type measurement, and page layout. Computers are used to prepare multi-color mechanicals while becoming familiar with one or more software programs appropriate for typesetting and page construction. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
FA104 Figure Drawing 2
This intermediate course expands upon the technical skills and aesthetic concepts of FA103 Figure Drawing 1. More complex problems are addressed, including the foreshortened figure, the figure in space, multiple figure composition, extended poses, and large format drawing. Projects explore various drawing media, settings, lighting situations, and approaches to the figure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model, supplemented by lectures and critiques. Prerequisite: FA103 Figure Drawing 1. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IL106 Figure Illustration
This course introduces the narrative use of the human figure in illustration. Conceptual and visual communication skills are challenged in producing a series of two-dimensional illustrations in black-and-white and color media. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of reference material, drapery and costuming of the figure, settings, and staging of the complete visual image. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT126 Basic Photography
This course introduces photography and the photograph as a medium of the graphic communicator. It covers photographic principles and procedures, including how to operate a 35mm adjustable camera, develop black-and-white film, make contact prints, and enlargements. The aesthetics of the photograph, and its use as a medium of graphic communications, is emphasized. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GD141 Digital Illustration
This course introduces computer graphics and digital illustration by using desktop computers, video interfacing equipment, desktop scanners, and other devices to generate and output computer graphic images. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Social Science 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
IL201 Editorial Illustration
This course includes experimental work with techniques and media most commonly used in preparing illustrations for reproduction. Finished artwork is rendered and prepared in black and white and in color. Prerequisite: IL106 Figure Illustration. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IL203 Painting for Illustrators
This course provides the opportunity for experimental work with contemporary illustration techniques and media. It balances emphasis on creative problem-solving and individual expression with development of skill in drawing and techniques for rendering finished work. Prerequisite: IL106 Figure Illustration. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GD142 Digital Imaging
This course introduces digital imaging technologies impacting graphic communication. It explores the potential of imaging software, scanners, dye sublimation printers, and other technologies. The use of digital media and the creation of computer-based imagery are emphasized. It is balanced between aesthetic potential and technological mastery. It covers input image and text, and how to combine and manipulate those visual elements. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU205 History of Art 2
This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
4.0
IL204 Prof Practices for Illustr
This course prepares for entry into the illustration field as a practicing professional. Illustration portfolios are prepared and analyzed for content. A portfolio of quality work is created for professional presentation. Prerequisites: IL201 Editorial Illustration and IL203 Painting for Illustrators. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IL208 Children's Book Illustration
This course provides an introduction to the styles and techniques used by the illustrator in the contemporary children’s market. It covers the development of fiction and non-fiction illustrations for the preschool and elementary school audience. Emphasis is placed on the importance of research, character development, problem solving, and the aesthetic quality of the illustration. Students complete illustrations designed to reinforce subject areas covered. Prerequisite: IL203 Painting for Illustrators or IL201Editorial Illustration. See when this course is offered ...
Illustration Elective
Acceptable electives include Fantasy Illustration, Digital Animation, Cartooning, Wildlife Illustration, and Basic Graphic Design, or other Graphic Communication electives by permission of the Art Department Head. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required.
3.0
HU205 History of Art 2
This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Science 4cr
If required for legitimate advisement/scheduling purposes (closed courses or scheduling conflicts, for example), these courses may be taken in a semester other than that recommended.
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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