Bachelor of Fine Arts
Published June 1, 2016
Student Learning Outcomes
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1. Technical Skills: Graduates manipulate a variety of hand tools and art materials to draw, paint, or otherwise render an illustration from concept to finished product. They prepare illustrations for display in a variety of forms including print.
2. Design: Graduates apply the design elements and principles, concepts, media and layouts to their illustrations. They produce illustrations that demonstrate a concrete ability to communicate a clear and powerful idea or message using formal elements. They cultivate a design process that is solution driven, flexible, and well informed.
3. Technology: Graduates demonstrate the capability to produce layouts, scans, mechanicals, color separations, digital files, and other forms as required by a particular project.
4. Context: Graduates examine the broader context of the illustration field including art and design history, literature, and the commercial uses of illustration and how the illustrator functions in diverse environments.
5. Planning: Graduates use self-discipline and clear thinking to set professional goals and work on them without outside direction. They work efficiently and possess the time management skills to meet deadlines.
6. Professionalism: Graduates work effectively as an employee or as an independent contractor, with knowledge of business practices, accounting, legal issues, marketing, and self-promotion.
7. Communication: Graduates communicate their creative vision clearly using graphic and technological means. In addition, they listen effectively and communicate clearly in both oral and written formats.
Program CoursesCore Courses
ILD100 Concepts in Illustration
ILD200 Intermediate Drawing
ILD205 Advanced Life Drawing
ILD210 Fundamentals of Painting
ILD215 Illustration Studio I
ILD230 Conceptual Illustration
ILD310 Advanced Painting
ILD320 Commercial Illustration
ILD330 Advanced Digital Illustration
ILD350 History of Illustration
ILD360 Graphic Novel
ILD370 The Business of Illustration
ILD380 Illustration Studio II
ILD390 Book Illustration
ILD400 Professional Practices in Illustration
ILD410 Product & License Illustration
ILD420 Digital and Web Portfolio
FND105 Design Fundamentals
FND110 Observational Drawing
FND111 Life Drawing
FND135 Image Manipulation
FND150 Digital Color Theory
GWDB103 Digital Illustration
GWDB111 Introduction to Layout Design
GWDB112 Typography – Traditional 4
GWDB122 Typography – Hierarchy
GWDB213 Timeline Animation & Interaction
GWDB303 Interactive Motion Graphics
PHOB101 Principles of Photography
General Education Courses
GEN101 English I
GEN102 English II
GEN105 Effective Speaking
GEN150 Mathematical Concepts and Connections
GEN155 Intro to Financial Mathematics
GEN211 History of Western Art I
GEN212 History of Western Art II
GEN266 Biology and the Human Organism
GEN337 Creative Writing
GEN365 Ethical Issues in Science
GEPhysical2 Physical or Life Science 200-Level Elective
GESocial2 Social Science 200-Level Elective
GESocial3 Social Science 300-Level Elective
GEN399 General Education Capstone
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION 180
Note: The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago reserves the right to alter the sequencing of classes. Some courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students should consult their Academic Advisors and/or Department Chair when creating their course schedules to ensure they are following the recommended sequence. Students must meet all co/prerequisites for courses.