In Illustration with a Publishing Emphasis, students will be introduced to the publishing industry 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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Illustrators use creativity, critical thinking, and artistic skill to solve some of today’s most challenging commercial needs. Illustration majors will engage in a wide variety of experiences that are designed to develop core skills in drawing, painting, digital and mixed media.

To be considered for the Bachelor of Illustration program, students must have completed the Art Fundamentals Cluster and Illustration Minor. Students will then be required to submit a portfolio that demonstrates requisite skills, knowledge, and understanding of illustration. If a student is not initially accepted into the program, they will be allowed the opportunity to complete the Illustration Concentration and to apply a second time.

Upon acceptance into the Bachelor of Illustration program, students will declare their emphasis. They will work closely with faculty mentors to tailor their education to suit their professional ambitions as they fulfill their program-specific courses and electives.

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 Entertainment Illustration 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.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 54 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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