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.Ready to get started? Apply now!
Students will be introduced to digital drawing, coloring, compositing and image manipulation techniques for both print and digital delivery systems.
This course focuses on gesture drawing, rapid visualization skills, movement and expressive content, composition, structure, skeletal anatomy, and engaging in critiques.
This course develops concepts introduced in Figure Drawing I with additional emphasis on the development of volume and mass through structural application of line and value; heads, hands, and feet; figure in environments; anatomical focus on musculature; and engaging in critique.
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.)
This course focuses on using writing to develop ideas, hone critical thinking skills, and express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students write in a variety of modes and spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research. Students also develop their public speaking skills.
This course provides a core understanding of effective storytelling. It examines the ways in which storytellers-both past and present-craft, organize, and convey ideas to successfully impact audiences, doing so through both inquiry into established narratives, as well as students' own experiments with narrative forms.
This course examines what it means to be a member of a particular society and how individuals both form and are formed by society. It will provide students with a better understanding of the social and cultural worlds they inhabit.
This course is an inquiry into the nature and power of philosophy to transform the way we experience the world around us and understand our place within it. Through a selection of readings representing various philosophical traditions and perspectives, critical discussion, and writing, students will examine some of the great questions that have intrigues philosophers from antiquity to present.
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Editorial illustrator, art director, cartoonist, storyboard illustrator, mural designer, fashion illustrator