Student drawing a male figure

Program information

Turn your creative skills into a career! Our Illustration Associate in Applied Science degree program is the perfect place to start, and will prepare you for a career in the field or for transfer to a four-year college or university for further study. Learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling and master the art of bringing information to life through aesthetic methods and strategic communication. Hone your skills in different media, such as paint and brush, pencil, and pixel, as you develop your professional portfolio and personal marketing skills for success in a variety of industries, including advertising, film, the internet, book publishing, newspapers, and magazine design. Tools used in the program are required, costing approximately $100.

See semester-by-semester degree plan.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in the following areas:

  • Develop a professional portfolio consisting of 15-20 pieces of art that can be used to present themselves in the job market
  • Communicate effectively with clients and peers
  • Self-promotion and marketing of their skills
  • 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
  • Creative problem-solving methodology using visual art development procedures
    Successful prepare students to transfer
  • Knowledge of relevant human anatomy

Transfer options:

Graduates have successfully transferred to:

  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Purchase

Career opportunities:

  • Character designer
  • Cover artist
  • Freelance illustrator

Contact us to learn more!

Todd Behrendt, Dean 
tbehrendt@mvcc.edu
315-792-5409