Can you remember turning page after page of your favorite book as a child, your imagination on a great adventure-driven by few or no words? Everywhere you turn, images are communicating something. Editorial publications. Packaging. CDs and DVDs. Websites. Hieroglyphics. Street signs. Ads. Greeting cards. Visual thinkers like you make illustrations, creating a universal language that bridges generation, culture, and communication gaps. It's about painting universal pictures that lend meaning to narrative, illuminate ideas, and bring characters to life.
We aim to produce aesthetically grounded, stylistically innovative illustrators who are proficient in both print and digital media. You'll explore conceptual work, learning how to present a concept using different styles as you shape your own. You'll have access to studios, digital labs, digital cameras, printers, and scanners. And you'll have time to pursue whatever style, media, and subject matter fits your fancy.
If you want to stay connected with student work from this program, please check out the KCAD Illustration Annual, the Illustration Program's Tumblr page.
Students will be introduced to digital drawing, coloring, compositing and image manipulation techniques for both print and digital delivery systems.
Emphasizes gesture drawing, sighting the figure, basic compositional concerns, precise linear construction, and structural aspects of the figure. Anatomical focus is on the skeletal structure and its effect on surface form. Tonal construction introduced late in the semester.
Continued reinforcement of concerns introduced in Figure Drawing I. Additional emphasis on developing the illusion of volume and mass through structural application of line and value (tonality). Hands, feet, and heads/faces are explored in greater depth. Simple compositional environment is introduced. Anatomical focus is on the study of musculature and its effect on surface form.
Freehand drawing using basic perspective principles and quick sketch techniques.
Advanced freehand drawing and sketching with the addition of color media.
A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
A problem-solving course which studies the properties and interactions of color and its resulting perceptual effects in pictorial space.
An introduction to the fundamentals of photography using both manually adjustable 35mm film cameras and digital cameras. This course includes black and white film development and darkroom printing as well as digital camera use and basic image manipulation controls using PhotoShop. The aesthetics of photography will be discussed in terms of its history, and artistic and technical advancements. Students must own or have use of a digital camera (prosumer grade or above; camera phones are not acceptable).
A survey of contemporary and historical illustration techniques and movements. Career options will be covered, along with the fundamentals of composition and color, the application of media, and the basic elements of picture making.
Exploration of color media and processes within specific illustration assignments.
A drawing and painting course in super realism using various media.
Develops an entry level of digital illustration painting experience using Adobe Photoshop, utilizing basic Photoshop concepts, principles, and tools applied to the sequential development of illustrations.
An indepth study of watercolor techniques. This will include a study of transparent to opaque watercolor. Different styles of paper will be used from rough to hot press and board.
Painting illustrative subject matter using fundamental water-based painting techniques.
Students will study current illustration markets, learn essential business practices and create the printed collateral necessary for doing business as an illustrator.
Advanced study of the human figure, especially in relation to the needs of the illustrator, with emphasis on construction, composition, movement, and interpretation of the clothed and costumed figure in various media.
Personal expression as a means of figurative illustration. Color, form, and light will be explored through various media and methods.
Concept development and creative problem solving using relevant illustration media and techniques.
Students will learn graphic design and production processes for print media, using a combination of traditional and digital techniques.
An intermediate to advanced digital illustration painting experience using Adobe Photoshop, applying cutting-edge Photoshop concepts and principles to the development of digitally based illustrations. The work created in this course should be portfolio quality.
Preparation of a professional quality illustration portfolio based on individual style and market research.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
An inquiry into the academic expectations, resources, policies, and traditions of college life. Students are challenged to enhance their intellectual potential, understand their academic responsibilities, personal integrity, and appreciate diversity in a framework that develops the critical thinking, learning, and communication skills necessary to contribute successfully to the college's intellectual life. An experiential learning component engages students in the community at large.
This course will provide students with exposure to and interaction with areas tied to academic and professional growth, including self-assessment, career/discipline exploration, decision making and goal setting.
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
Focuses on the analysis of numerous forms of visual discourse, including their rhetorical effectiveness, impact on audiences, and social/cultural influences.
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Editorial illustrator, art director, cartoonist, storyboard illustrator, mural designer, fashion illustrator