Illustration

In the Illustration program, you will learn how to produce images that complement the written word or stand on their own. You’ll be encouraged to express your individual artistic voice, while examining the world we live in.

More About the Illustration Program

The work of illustrators can be seen in many places such as:

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Murals
  • Advertisements
  • Posters
  • Packaging
  • Merchandise
  • Comics and graphic novels
  • Websites
  • Concept art
  • Interactive design

You will work closely with faculty and practicing illustrators in traditional and digital techniques. This program will help you grasp communication art, while also learning the business skills required to work as independent freelancers.

At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Design degree. Get more details about the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Portfolio (samples of your work and a visual representation of who you are)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements
JOBS YOU CAN GET

Graduates of the program work at:

  • Publishing companies
  • Advertising and graphic design firms
  • Digital studios
  • Community organizations
  • Freelance illustration
  • Fine art practice
CO-OPS/INTERNSHIPS

OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our approach is specialized, and individual to every student’s needs and goals. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
  • Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
  • Exclusive summer internships
  • Gallery exhibitions of your work
  • Freelance creative opportunities
  • Jobs after graduation

OCAD University’s dedicated support services will help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills necessary for a meaningful career.

WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THE PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR

In first year, you’ll take intro classes in topics such as:

  • Observational drawing
  • Design principles
  • Illustrative concepts
  • Observational painting
  • Art and design history
SECOND YEAR

In second year, you will study topics such as:

  • Graphic design for illustration
  • Human form and function: anatomy
  • Graphic design history
  • Media studio: digital
THIRD YEAR

Third year will feature more advanced courses, and open electives such as:

  • Graphic novel illustration
  • Book illustration
  • Storyboarding
  • Concept art
FOURTH YEAR

In fourth year, you'll complete a year-long thesis project, developing an original portfolio designed for self-promotion.

You’ll showcase your work at GradEx ̶ OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.