Art Institutes

IllustrationDegree Programs

I don’t just draw pictures. I tell stories.

You rarely go anywhere without your sketchpad. But if you’ve been wondering where your talent for expressing yourself visually can take you, think about a career as a professional illustrator. In our Illustration Degree Programs, there’s an opportunity for creative thinkers to communicate ideas through painting, drawing, and design in markets including publishing, advertising, and the web. You'll work hard, but you'll reap the rewards of that effort as you see your ideas take shape and come to life. If you’re ready to commit yourself to your craft, the place to start is here. Illustration will find you surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be taught, challenged, and pushed by experienced faculty* who’ll also support you every step of the way. It won’t be easy. But it could be the best decision you ever made.

I have the talent. I want to put it to use.

For you, illustration isn’t a hobby. It’s a serious expression of your artistic vision—and a possible pathway to a career where you can do what you love. And our Illustration degree programs are just as serious. Many full-time faculty* who deliver the Illustration curriculum are professional illustrators who not only teach the skills you need to compete, but bring the real world in to the classroom so you can enter the profession with your eyes open. With their guidance you’ll study everything from Design Fundamentals to Conceptual Illustration. Choose a campus below to learn more about our program offerings.


*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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Arlington, VA

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

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Philadelphia, PA

The Art Institute of Philadelphia

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division

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