Today, illustrators don’t just draw narrative images for editorial and publishing purposes, they apply a broad spectrum of techniques and mediums to bring all kinds of ideas and stories to life in pursuits as varied as muralist, apparel design, gaming, publishing, advertising, marketing, and packaging applications.


Building on a solid foundation of drawing, painting, and conceptualization, LCAD’s BFA program in Illustration will help you achieve mastery of your craft in an array of both traditional and technical media and techniques. You will become not only a skillful illustrator, but also a dynamic and adaptable one.


LCAD’s BFA program in Illustration will teach you to build complex visual narratives that will allow you to bring your original ideas to life. Your skills will be highly marketable and may be applied to apparel, advertising, boutique print design, children’s books, comics, editorials, entertainment, fashion, gallery art, graphic novels, industrial design, medicine, the music industry, product design, various fields of science, and more.




LCAD’s Illustration faculty are talented industry professionals who are active in illustration, publishing, and retail industries.

Our Illustration faculty credits include:

  • AT&T
  • Avis
  • Bubba Gump Restaurants
  • BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse
  • Dannon
  • Fujifilm
  • The Gap
  • General Motors
  • Hartcourt Publishers
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Hansen’s Beverages
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • ITT
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Kroger Foods
  • Masco/Milgard
  • McDonald’s
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mattel Toys and Brand
  • Ocean Spray
  • Oxford University Press
  • PepsiCo
  • Pfizer
  • Sears
  • Sony
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • The United Nations
  • Union 76
  • Warner Bros.

Our Illustration alumni have gone on to apply their skills to a wide range of areas and companies that include:

  • Applied Medical
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Coast Kids Magazine
  • Creative Co-Op
  • DC Shoes
  • Disney Interactive
  • DITA
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • First Ascent
  • Gallery Hijinks
  • Google
  • High Moon Studios
  • Hive Gallery
  • Hurley
  • Icelantic Skis
  • Interplay Entertainment
  • KCET
  • Last Rites Galleries
  • MARVEL Entertainment
  • Microsoft Studios
  • Obsidian Entertainment
  • Opera New York
  • Quiksilver
  • Rusty
  • Spectral Motion
  • Warner Bros.
  • Xist Publishing
  • 686 Clothing
  • DHX Media


Graduates Will Learn How To:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in drawing, sketching, rendering, and painting effectively using various mediums.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of color theory and pictorial composition.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of digital imaging processes—both vector and raster.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the human anatomy and accurately depict the human form.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of current professional business and self-marketing practices.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in describing the history of illustration including the identification of key contributions by past and contemporary illustrators.


Michael Savas


Welcome to the illustration major, I’m Michael Savas, Chair of Illustration. My professional career spans both traditional and technology-based methods. I began my professional career as an advertising and technical illustrator in the early 1980’s, creating illustrations for the aerospace and retail industries. Some of my clients have included: Mitsubishi, Seiko Instruments, Mars Candy, Beckman Instruments and Sega Games.