• LCAD Drawing + Painting w/Illustration Emp. 3

Drawing + Painting w/ Illustration Emphasis


The Drawing + Painting with Illustration Emphasis zeroes in on the art world found at the intersection of fine arts and illustration to prepare you to work in both traditional and mixed media arts. The program’s curriculum will hone imaginative narratives with design-based aesthetics for commercial and non-commercial pursuits.

Students in this emphasis will take advantage of the same representational, skill based development of the Drawing and Painting major. Students will gain experience in exhibition, branding, and entrepreneurial skills that will help them to succeed as independent artists working in visual styles that reflect Imaginative Realism, Pop Surrealism, and Mural Arts. Students will have the opportunity to develop as mural artists and learn how to present their work and contributions to city planners, urban developers, and private owners who bring artistic works to large, public audiences on shared visual spaces.

Classes will consist of narrative and concept development, mixed media, taking work to print, mural arts, and artist branding. Professional practices will cover galleries, publications, and organizations that specialize in applied works.

Students entering senior year are provided a private studio space to work for the entirety of their final year, where they are mentored individually and engage in critical discourse with their peers and distinguished guests.

Our Fine Arts faculty is composed of nationally and internationally recognized artists who are invested in mentoring their students to enter the diverse world of visual arts. 


Building a career as an artist begins on the first day of classes, where students are introduced to beginning professional practices that are reinforced throughout the curriculum. Junior year, students complete Professional Studies, which provides current, real-world strategies and marketing skills that prepare visual artists in exploring and entering the professional workspace. 

Junior and senior level students participate in a Spring Professional Mentorship, where students choose a professional mentor in the areas of gallery exhibition, art conservation, museum administration, or a one-on-one independent artist advisor. Students have the chance to apply to internships in their junior year for credit and are given support through our Career Services Office and our Internship Coordinator.


Abend Gallery 

Arcadia Contemporary

Art Miami

Art Renewal Center

Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

Copro Gallery 

Dawson Cole Fine Art 

Jim Henson Creature Shop

LA Art Show 

Laguna Art Museum

Manifest Gallery

MEAM Museum

National Sculpture Society

Poets + Artists 

Portrait Society of America

Salmagundi Club

Sideshow Collectibles

Spectral Motion

Sue Greenwood Fine Art 

Sullivan Goss Gallery 



  • Execute a complex understanding of a broad range of materials and techniques
  • Implement technical knowledge as it pertains to historical and contemporary studio art practices.
  • Experiment within a varied knowledge-base and flexible practice-based approach to the artistry of Illustration and contemporary painting.
  • Synthesize through practice, problem defining and problem solving while drawing from an array of external sources.
  • Communicate depth of understanding of one’s artistic practice and its historical context in written and verbal forms. 
  • Articulate an understanding of present-day professional standards in their chosen media and in the larger intersecting fields of applied arts.





Gainful Employment Information for Undergraduate Certificates in Drawing + Painting with Illustration Emphasis

Laguna College of Art + Design
Hope Railey
Chair of Drawing + Painting

Hope Railey was born in New Orleans and graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco before training with Glen Orbik at CAI. She then taught beginning drawing and painting at the Academy while participating in numerous group and two person shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to Southern California. She has become a respected teacher and artist in the academic fine arts world and has been included in todays top fine art exhibitions featuring academic works.