Drawing + Painting w/ Illustration Emphasis
BIG SKILLS + BIG STATEMENTS
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 STARTS ON DAY ONE
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.
ALUMNI GALLERY REPRESENTATION + PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Art Renewal Center
Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Dawson Cole Fine Art
Jim Henson Creature Shop
LA Art Show
Laguna Art Museum
National Sculpture Society
Poets + Artists
Portrait Society of America
Sue Greenwood Fine Art
Sullivan Goss Gallery
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
- 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.