In the Illustration Emphasis, students will be introduced to the major illustration industries in the entertainment and publishing markets. Students will be taught necessary skills and practices as they develop a portfolio, network, and work towards employment after graduation.

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Explore, Create, Solve

As students begin in the Illustration Emphasis, they will be required to take a series of foundational art courses designed to help them develop draftsmanship, gain an understanding of color theory, and learn how to objectively communicate with the figure. The early emphasis in students' studies will focus on traditional illustration mediums, including acrylic, oil, gauche, and mixed media practices. As students' understanding of traditional mediums takes hold, they will then be encouraged to supplement it with digital mediums, including the Adobe Creative Cloud, some animation, and 3D modeling.

This degree is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or as a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA).

BYU-I's Illustration program shaped who I am as an artist in the best way possible. I made lasting friends, learned a powerful work ethic, and was able to develop my work into something I am truly proud of because of my instructors and their guidance. I can safely say that entering into the program helped me get to where I am today and I will forever be grateful for it.

Melanie P.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Art have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

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Publishing Illustration

These illustrators work with publishing companies to create illustrations intended for 2D print. Examples of publishing work include children’s books, book covers and interiors, magazines, posters, advertising, packaging illustration, medical or scientific illustration, educational content, and various forms of multimedia.

Entertainment Illustration

These illustrators often work for studios that create animations, video games, advertisements, and moving media. Examples of entertainment work include character design, environment design, storyboarding, animation, other forms of visual development, and special effects.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 22 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Art Illustration emphasis is right for you, take the following classes first:


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