Illustration BFA

Illustration BFA

From fluency in these skills, our students achieve extraordinary mastery in an array of both traditional and technical media and techniques.

Their work includes comic and fantasy art, environment design, 3-D, character design, digital work, and much more. Our program teaches students to give life to ideas and to build complex visual narratives. These highly marketable skills are applied to entertainment, editorials, children’s books, story boarding, and comic books.

The LCAD illustration major offers three career tracks: Illustration, Illustration Drawing & Painting, and Illustration Entertainment. Illustration emphasizes various print and digital applications where rich imagery communicates a product, service or story. Illustration Entertainment deals with character, animal, environment design, and storytelling. Illustration Drawing & Painting concentrates on figuration to prepare students for exhibition and narrative storytelling.

Our department is rich with industry talent and our faculty continues to practice in industry.

Their credits include Shrek, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Open Season. Prominent guest illustrators have included: Federico D’Alessandro, Brad Holland, Anita Kunz, William Stout, James Gurney, John Jude Palencar, and Gregory Manchess.

Each semester, illustration seniors receive a portfolio critique from leading industry professionals. Last year’s participants included:

Christophe Vache: Emmy Award winner and two-time Annie Award Nominee for Art direction. Movie credits include: (from background painting, to visual development, to art direction): 9 (Focus Feature, produced by Tim Burton), Transformers Prime (Hasbro, TV series), Shark Tale (Dreamworks), Treasure Planet (Disney), Tarzan (Disney), Fantasia 2000 (Disney), Dinosaur (Disney), Hercules (Disney), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)

Pascal Campion: Clients Include: Dreamworks Animation, Disney TV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Bent Image Labs, Cartoon Network, Hulu, They Might Be Giants and PBS.

Marcello Vignali: Clients Include: Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Imagineering, DIC, Sony Pictures Animation and Wizards of the Coast. Projects include: Disney’s Mulan, Brother Bear, Lilo & Stitch and Sony’s Surf’s Up and Hotel Transylvania.

LCAD Illustration alumni have gone on to apply their skills to a wide range of areas and companies that have included: Creative Co-Op Inc., Dreamworks Animation, Warner Bros., Obsidian Entertainment, Microsoft Studios, Applied Medical, MARVEL Entertainment, Meteor Games, Coast Kids Magazine, Hive Gallery, Spectral Motion Inc, High Moon Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, and Interplay Entertainment.



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Illustration Programs Mission Statement and  Learning Outcomes

Illustration Program Mission:

The illustration program provides students the necessary communication design, conceptual and technical abilities in the process of creating effective content for various print and digital applications where rich imagery is used to communicate a concept for a product, service or story, supported by a program of general studies. This program will enable them to pursue career opportunities in a broad range of areas. Additionally, it will challenge, strengthen and provide a context within which students may develop a personal voice.