Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

Illustrating magazines or books, envisioning scientific ideas, inventing characters and imaginary worlds, representing natural subjects; this intermediate studio arts course in visual communication engages you in examining and creating images that depict ideas, stories and information. Through lectures and assignments students will investigate the history of illustration, view the work of contemporary illustrators, and be instructed in traditional and digital illustration techniques.

Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of mediums and develop a unique and personal approach to image making. Class members will learn and practice the process of researching and developing ideas from rough sketches to finished artwork that is publication-ready. Emphasis is on the elements that form strong visual ideas. Exercises and workshops will introduce techniques in various mediums including gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, scratchboard, and ink. Instruction will include, and encourage, a wide variety of experimental hand-generated techniques on a range of surfaces. Students will also be instructed in the basics of digital applications for image generation, assembly and alteration. A final project will afford students an opportunity to define their own content focus.

Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in discussions and critiques, timely completion of assignments, quality of work produced, and their ability to clearly communicate ideas through illustration. 


Introduction to Drawing, Painting 1, Printmaking, or Graphic Design, and signature of instructor.

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