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Illustration

Providing you with the knowledge and skills to create effective, communicative and artful images that function as a complement to the written word.

Student work by Patrick Kyle shown in the exhibition Little Known Artefacts, September 9, 2009 - October 3, 2009.

Illustration

The Illustration program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create effective, communicative and artful images that function as a complement to the written word.

The work of illustrators can be seen in many venues, including:

  • newspapers
  • books
  • magazines
  • corporate reports
  • print ads
  • billboards, posters
  • CDs
  • packaging
  • merchandise
  • comics and graphic novels
  • websites
  • interactive design
  • concept art.

Based on strong draftsmanship, conceptual thinking and a personal viewpoint, you'll discover your individual artistic voice while working in a variety of media and techniques, both traditional and digital.

You'll work closely with a faculty of practicing illustrators and with visiting professionals, completing assignments that cover a wide range of illustrative applications and acquiring the necessary principles of business and entrepreneurship.

In fourth year, you'll complete a self-initiated, faculty-guided, yearlong thesis project, developing a consistent, original portfolio designed for self-promotion.

After graduation you may work, as most illustrators do, as an independent freelancer in a variety of areas, such as editorial publications, advertising and graphic design firms.

Student Work at ocadillustration.com

ocadillustration.com

2015/2016 Program Overview

Course Code Course Title Credits
GDES-1009 Communication Design 1 0.5
GDES-1014 Colour in Context 0.5
ILLU-1001 Observational Painting 1 0.5
ILLU-1002 Illustrative Concepts 1 0.5
ILLU-1003 Illustrative Concepts 2 0.5
ILLU-1004 Media Studio: Analogue 0.5
ILLU-1005 Observational Drawing 0.5
VISC-1001 Global Visual & Material Culture: To 1800 0.5
VISC-1002 Global Visual & Material Culture: To Present 0.5
ENGL-1003 The Essay and the Argument 0.5
  OR  
ENGL-1004 The Essay and the Argument: ESL 0.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
ILLU-2003 Graphic Design for Illustration 0.5
ILLU-2004 Illustration 1 0.5
ILLU-2006 Illustrative Painting 1 0.5
ILLU-2007 Illustration 2 0.5
ILLU-2008 Observational Painting 2 0.5
ILLU-2009 Media Studio: Digital 0.5
ILLU-2010 Modern American Illustration 0.5
SCTM-2002 Human Form & Function Anatomy 0.5
VISD-2006 Graphic Design History - 20th Century 0.5
2000 or 3000 1 Course ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, or SOSC 0.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
ILLU-3003 Illustrative Painting 2 0.5
ILLU-3004 Illustrative Painting 3 0.5
ILLU-3005 Illustration 3 0.5
ILLU-3006 Illustration 4 0.5
ILLU-3007 Media Studio: Hybrid 0.5
VISD-3002 Illustration - Rise of Popular Culture 0.5
GDES 2 Expansion Studios Designated for Illustration 1.0
3000 or 4000 1 Courses ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, or SOSC 0.5
GDES-3069 Graphic Novel Illustration 0.5
OR
GDES 3075 Book Illustration 0.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
ILLU-4008 Illustrative Painting 5 0.5
ILLU-4009 Illustrative Painting 4 0.5
ILLU-4010 Media Studio: Social 0.5
ILLU-4011 Illustration Professional Practice 0.5
ILLU-4901 Illustration 5: Thesis 0.5
ILLU-4902 Illustration 6: Thesis 0.5
GDES 2 Expansion Studios Designated for Illustration 1.0
3000 or 4000 2 Courses ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, or VISM 1.0