Visual Arts


Illustration at CU Denver has been recognized by Animation Career Review as a top national program. Traditional, conceptual, and technology based education combine for dynamic course work that includes "Anatomy for the Artist," "Digital Painting," "Graphic Novel Workshop," and "Typography Studio," preparing students for successful careers in a multitude of fields, including illustration, marketing, healthcare, engineering, and entertainment.



Top Ranked Illustration Program

CU Denver's Illustration Program was named the Top Public Illustration Program in Colorado by Animation Career Review in the 2022 Illustration Program Rankings. Check out the stats for this highly ranked CU Denver program:

  • Top 10 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges (#9, top 15%)
  • Top 5 in the Southwest region (#3)
  • #1 in Colorado among public schools.

Complete ranking information can be found on the Animation Career Review website

Where Do Illustration Graduates Find Careers?

The profession spans a wide range of applications, encompassing graphic novels, scientific illustration, medical 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.


Illustration Student Work

Illustration students build a strong portfolio of work that exhibits a distinct personal illustrative style and the ability to translate virtually any concept into a compelling image. Check out the recent thesis work on the BFA Thesis Webpage!




Learn More About CU Denver Illustration

For more information about the Illustration emphasis, email the College of Arts & Media at or call 303-315-7487.

For full information about degree requirements and curriculum, visit the portfolio review page.

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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