Associate in Applied Science Degree

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This program provides the skills and knowledge required for illustrators to communicate effectively in a visual and verbal format; to use creative methodology to solve visual problems; to provide advance knowledge of illustration through diverse global, cultural, and historical perspectives; to utilize technology effectively to create artwork; and to prepare students for a career as an illustrator.  Graduates will be prepared to enter the fields of illustration, character design, comic book publication, and creative direction.  

Goal 1 To provide the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively in visual and verbal format

  • Students will articulate an understanding of the visual problem-solving process
  • Students will collaborate in project critiques demonstrating the ability to discuss both their own work and the work of their peers
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate communication with instructor and peers via critique, written assignments, and class interaction
  • Students will recognize the elements of illustrative visual language including composition, color, space, scale, and light.  

Goal 2 To prepare students to use creative methodology to solve visual problems

  • Students will demonstrate creative problem-solving methodology using visual art development procedures including research, brain-storming, thumbnails, sketches, and final art
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the creative process, i.e. analysis, incubation, illumination, and verification
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of different ways and means to communicate information through various media and software

Goal 3 To provide advance knowledge of illustration through diverse global, cultural, and historical perspectives

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of illustration on a global scale within a historical context
  • Students will recognize the works of numerous masters from various backgrounds and cultures in photography and the arts
  • Students will discuss work in comparison to contemporary and historical masters
  • Students will discuss how the history of illustration reflects significant historical and cultural events
  • Students will research and organize resources to broaden their understanding of the field of illustration

Goal 4 To utilize technology effectively to create artwork

  • Students will create artwork on various computer systems effectively and efficiently 
  • Students will create artwork using software applications
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of relevant human anatomy in artwork reflecting accurate proportion and perspective

Goal 5 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
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the methods of self-promotion and representation that are common to the field of illustration
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.