Art Studio 415

ARTS 415: Illustration

Prerequisites: ARTG 384 Digital Illustration (renamed from Digital Painting) or ARTS 321 Painting II or ARTS 331 Watercolor II

Credit Hours: (3) One hour lecture, demonstration or critique; three hours studio

2-D traditional and/or electronic illustrative problems and solutions for commercial or personal development.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both ARTS 415 and ART 415.


Description of the Content of the Course

This course allows our student graphic designers and others the opportunity to practice their craft through the visual translation of their ideas into a specific purpose. Student artists in several areas of concentration benefit from instruction in the commercial areas of visual reproduction. Through the use of various materials and techniques, each studio assignment requires research, accepted procedural development and control of both concepts and executions. Time management skills, portfolio development & presentation, and biographical research are also a part of the course content.

Description of the Conduct of the Course

In order to develop effective illustration work, the course assumes that each student has at least a basic understanding of the various printing and/or prepress processes. Supplemental readings or assignments may therefore be necessary. In addition to the assigned studio projects, demonstrations, slide and video presentations, and live examples are periodically scheduled. At least one-half of the assigned studio time is given to discussion and critiques. Short biographical papers are required.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Goals and objectives of the illustration course seek to develop a body of original and acceptable work (both rough and finished) that illuminates a given situation or solves a particular client problem. The objectives are met by specific studio assignments. The assignments are all continually updated. Course objectives also highlight legal and copyright issues relative to the business environment.

Assessment Measures

Numerical or letter grades are given for each assignment. This includes participation in class, critiques and written biographical papers. These grades are based upon a clear demonstration of craft, skill, respect for deadlines, and evidence of a practical solution for the presented problem. Because of the accepted, industry-wide nature of the thumbnail/rough/ comprehensive presentation structure, all works are evaluated in an equal manner.

Other Course Information

No other course information required

Review and Approval

October 2, 2012

March 25, 2005 Reviewed by Steve Arbury, Chair