Illustrators tell stories, express ideas and communicate through visual art. The illustration emphasis takes a contemporary approach to this form of visual communication that utilizes a variety of traditional and digital techniques in
all areas of illustration. 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 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.
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 a talented illustrator
can bring to life. The field includes editorial, advertising, and product illustration. Given the vast array of opportunities, today’s illustrators understand how to communicate effectively with a chosen medium and situate
their work professionally within a particular market.
Students interested in the Illustration program must first be admitted to CU Denver. After enrolling and completing prerequisite courses, students will submit a portfolio for review before being entered into the program. For full information about program eligibility and portfolio submission requirements, please visit the Iillustration Portfolio and Application Requirements page .