Illustration Studio 1: Drawing and Voice
(Year 1, Fall) This course provides a thorough exploration of drawing for communicative purposes, stretching from ideation to storytelling to authorship of text and image. Students will use diverse media to create single images and sequences, explore reproduction and multiplicity, and develop a sketchbook practice. In the process, students will develop a set of visual questions and thematic concerns. Working through projects designed for print and screen, illustrators will begin to define a distinctive voice to express their chosen content, to include words, images, audio, and typography or lettering.
Illustration Studio 2: Artist, Author, Audience
(Year 1, Spring) This course explores the format of the self-generated publication: zines, mini-comics, and short visual essays. Expanding upon the content discovered in the first semester studio, illustrators will create a variety of short works to be mass produced for public readership for both the screen and in print. Projects may range from animated sketches to formal visual essays. Research on audience and viewer experience will be a critical focus.
Illustration & Visual Culture Thesis Studio 1
(Year 2, Fall) This advanced course focuses on defining a professional orientation in the practice, criticism, and curation of illustration and cartooning today, focusing on the studio and the archive as zones of investigation and achievement. Work will isolate issues of creative approach, production, distribution, and market position to define and test a major project concept. Projects may include picture books, zines, games, animated projects, comics, and other forms of published matter. Students will define research questions and establish an editorial orientation for critical engagement with visual culture. Project definition and early work will carry forward into the work of Thesis Studio 2.
Illustration & Visual Culture Thesis Studio 2
(Year 2, Spring) Students will build on the project definition established in Thesis Studio 1 to take the project to completion. Projects will be shaped and critiqued through meetings with faculty advisors and dialogue with peers, culminating in the public presentation of student projects.