Illustration

Visual Storytelling
for a Visual World

CBU Illustration degree develops students in the art of visual and conceptual storytelling enabling them to be strategic and effective communicators in our visual culture.  Students can gain skills that can be applied to animation, book illustration, game design, graphic novels, medical illustrator, forensic artist, story-board artist, or art director.

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CBU Illustration program offers a flexible undergraduate degree which allows for the student to receive a solid foundation, and built on it with their choice of emphasis including traditional or digital media..

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B.A. Illustration

The Bachelor of Arts in Illustration degree develops students in the art of visual and conceptual storytelling in a variety of artistic mediums, preparing them to pursue a career as a professional illustrator.

General Education Courses

The general education requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other university programs. Some general education requirements will be met through specific major requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

ART 201 Principles of Design and Color

Units: 4. Offered: Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional design and color theory and their use as tools for effective visual communication.

ART 208 Studio Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Spring.

This course functions as the introductory drawing course for Art Majors and Minors. In it, the perceptual and technical skills, and the basic media of drawing are introduced and exercised. Drawing as an historic art form is studied and used to develop a sophisticated awareness of its current expressive potential.  Credit cannot be earned for ART 204 and ART 208.

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will be an introduction to 2D design thinking, as applied to the interrelated, interdisciplinary fields of design and as understood from a biblical world-view. Basic design theories, principles, major movements and works will be covered. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through projects, class discussions, field trips and lectures. This course is an introduction to the design paths available through the College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, but also serves non-design majors interested in discovering design.

GDM 240 Design Movements of the 20th Century

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course surveys of design movements of the 20th century and the influences found today. Movements such as Futurism, Modernism, Postmodernism and the Information Age will be studied.

ILL 210 Illustration I

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course builds a working knowledge of the historical and contemporary illustrators and various styles and approaches to the craft. Projects will build important skills in drawing painting, color theory, storytelling and typography.

Lower Division Electives

Complete six (6) units from the following:

ART 203 Print Making I

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Odd Years).

This is a studio course designed to facilitate the creation of original prints using a variety of printmaking techniques. Methods such as monotype, relief (woodcut, linoleum), and intaglio will be explored. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisite: ART 201 and ART 204.

ART 207 Watercolor I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

This is a studio course designed to introduce the novice art student to the art of watercolor painting. The basic quality of transparency will be explored in tandem representational exercises.

ART 283 Painting I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

Projects introduce traditional painting methods in oils or acrylic paints. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 201 or ART 204.

GDM 110 Fundamental Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Illustrator through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Illustrator for the student.

GDM 130 Fundamental Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Photoshop through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Photoshop for the student.

ILL 200 Special Topics in Illustration

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course will explore and present selected topics in illustration.  May be repeated with change in topic for a maximum of nine (9) units of credit

Upper Division Requirements

ART 305 Figure Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

This course is dedicated to developing facility at rendering the human form in a variety of dry media. The context for this is drawing from live models (clothed), augmented with anatomical drawing exercises It will also introduce students to the metaphorical/expressive possibilities of the human form. Prerequisite: ART 204.

DES 310 Design Thought Practicum

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Design Thought Practicum builds on and continues the process of understanding interdisciplinary design thinking.  The aim of the course is for students to apply the principles and processes of design thinking to the act of design. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to complete design exercises and projects.  Topics include developing a larger framework for design, design methods, design process, human factors in design, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: DES 110.

DES 498 Portfolio

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This is an interdisciplinary course where students will focus on their portfolios and final presentation specific to their industry. Standards in presentation and expectations will be examined to set guidelines for the student’s efforts in portfolio building. The goal of this course is for the student to finish with a strong, cohesive and compelling portfolio of student work. This course should focus on presentation beyond the capstone projects required for graduation.

ILL 310 Illustration II

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will build a working knowledge of ideation, story building, technique and experimentation with media. Projects will build important art execution skills, as well as technical knowledge in the publishing industry. Pre-Requisite: ILL 210.

ILL 410 Illustration III

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will focus on figure work, anatomy and perspective as it pertains to character development, figures in motion, understanding Archetypes, and advanced storyboarding. Pre-Requisite: ILL 310

ILL 499 Senior Show

Units: 1. Offered: Spring.

This course is designed as a capstone showcase of the student’s accumulated body of work while in the program. The Illustration Senior Show will consist of pieces from the student’s portfolio.
Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of the Department Chair.

Upper Division Electives

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

ART 314 Drawing II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Odd Years).

This course is a continuation and expansion of more advanced techniques in drawing. There will be an emphasis on concept building and storytelling through visual imagery. Students will explore new ways to think and approach drawing and the drawing surface. Prerequisite: ART 204.

ART 383 Painting II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

Projects further develop skills learned in Painting 283. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 283.

ART 405 Figure Drawing II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

This is a studio course whose aim is to develop increased mastery of the perceptual, technical and compositional skills involved with figure drawing. Prerequisite: ART 305.

GDM 310 Intermediate Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an intermediate design course in which project work is used to study work flow, pre-press techniques and practices, idea generation, and other concepts that arise from the process of creativity. Prerequisite: GDM 110, 120, and 130.

GDM 330 Intermediate Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an intermediate image course in which more complex photography and photoshop techniques will be taught. Students will learn how to manipulate photography using photoshop to create complex ideas and messages. Prerequisite: GDM 130.

GDM 331 Animation and Motion Graphics Design

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe After Effects through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of After Effects. Prerequisite: GDM 310.

GDM 341 Video Fundamentals

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Premiere Pro through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of the Adobe Premiere Pro editing software.

GDM 441 Advanced Video

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course is an advanced video course in which project work is used to study complex concepts of story, editing and publishing. Projects in this course are designed to build a student’s portfolio of professional work for presentation for employment and advanced studies. May be repeated one time for credit.  Prerequisite: GDM 310.

ILL 400 Special Topics in Illustration

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course will explore and present selected topics in illustration.  May be repeated with change in topic for a maximum of nine (9) units of credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Illustration Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Faith Integration: Majors will apply a Christian worldview to the moral and ethical questions inherent in the illustration industry.
  2. Visual Literacy: Majors will demonstrate a critical and working familiarity with the themes and concerns of illustration.  Evidence of this will be manifested through directed projects and their capstone exhibition.
  3. Creative Thinking: Majors will demonstrate the ability to engage in associative/spatial thinking dynamically channeled through various media through directed formal and conceptual problems as well as self-determined projects.
  4. Media Fluency: Majors will demonstrate an ability to command the inherent dynamics of two-dimensional media as applied to the principles of professional design techniques and best-practices workflows.
  5. Professional Awareness: Majors will acquire the ability to integrate business concepts, to assess the professional implications of their expressive decisions and to apply techniques of professional presentation, portfolio creation, and promotion utilized in the illustration industry.
CURRICULUM PATH

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Minor, Illustration

The Bachelor of Arts in Illustration degree develops students in the art of visual and conceptual storytelling in a variety of artistic mediums, preparing them to pursue a career as a professional illustrator.

Lower Division Requirements

ART 208 Studio Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Spring.

This course functions as the introductory drawing course for Art Majors and Minors. In it, the perceptual and technical skills, and the basic media of drawing are introduced and exercised. Drawing as an historic art form is studied and used to develop a sophisticated awareness of its current expressive potential.  Credit cannot be earned for ART 204 and ART 208.

ILL 210 Illustration I

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course builds a working knowledge of the historical and contemporary illustrators and various styles and approaches to the craft. Projects will build important skills in drawing painting, color theory, storytelling and typography.

Lower Division Electives

Complete three (3) units from the following:

ART 203 Print Making I

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Odd Years).

This is a studio course designed to facilitate the creation of original prints using a variety of printmaking techniques. Methods such as monotype, relief (woodcut, linoleum), and intaglio will be explored. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisite: ART 201 and ART 204.

ART 207 Watercolor I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

This is a studio course designed to introduce the novice art student to the art of watercolor painting. The basic quality of transparency will be explored in tandem representational exercises.

ART 283 Painting I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

Projects introduce traditional painting methods in oils or acrylic paints. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 201 or ART 204.

GDM 110 Fundamental Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Illustrator through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Illustrator for the student.

GDM 130 Fundamental Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Photoshop through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Photoshop for the student.

ILL 200 Special Topics in Illustration

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course will explore and present selected topics in illustration.  May be repeated with change in topic for a maximum of nine (9) units of credit

Upper Division Requirements

ART 305 Figure Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

This course is dedicated to developing facility at rendering the human form in a variety of dry media. The context for this is drawing from live models (clothed), augmented with anatomical drawing exercises It will also introduce students to the metaphorical/expressive possibilities of the human form. Prerequisite: ART 204.

ILL 310 Illustration II

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will build a working knowledge of ideation, story building, technique and experimentation with media. Projects will build important art execution skills, as well as technical knowledge in the publishing industry. Pre-Requisite: ILL 210.

ILL 410 Illustration III

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will focus on figure work, anatomy and perspective as it pertains to character development, figures in motion, understanding Archetypes, and advanced storyboarding. Pre-Requisite: ILL 310

Upper Division Electives

Complete three (3) units from the following:

ART 314 Drawing II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Odd Years).

This course is a continuation and expansion of more advanced techniques in drawing. There will be an emphasis on concept building and storytelling through visual imagery. Students will explore new ways to think and approach drawing and the drawing surface. Prerequisite: ART 204.

ART 383 Painting II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

Projects further develop skills learned in Painting 283. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 283.

ART 401 Projects in Design and Color

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

A continuation of ART 201. Advanced study of the principles of two-dimensional design and color theory and their use as tools for effective visual communication. Prerequisite: ART 201.

ART 405 Figure Drawing II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

This is a studio course whose aim is to develop increased mastery of the perceptual, technical and compositional skills involved with figure drawing. Prerequisite: ART 305.

GDM 310 Intermediate Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an intermediate design course in which project work is used to study work flow, pre-press techniques and practices, idea generation, and other concepts that arise from the process of creativity. Prerequisite: GDM 110, 120, and 130.

GDM 330 Intermediate Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an intermediate image course in which more complex photography and photoshop techniques will be taught. Students will learn how to manipulate photography using photoshop to create complex ideas and messages. Prerequisite: GDM 130.

GDM 331 Animation and Motion Graphics Design

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe After Effects through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of After Effects. Prerequisite: GDM 310.

GDM 341 Video Fundamentals

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Premiere Pro through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of the Adobe Premiere Pro editing software.

GDM 441 Advanced Video

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course is an advanced video course in which project work is used to study complex concepts of story, editing and publishing. Projects in this course are designed to build a student’s portfolio of professional work for presentation for employment and advanced studies. May be repeated one time for credit.  Prerequisite: GDM 310.

ILL 400 Special Topics in Illustration

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course will explore and present selected topics in illustration.  May be repeated with change in topic for a maximum of nine (9) units of credit.

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Art in Service of Community

CBU Fine Art program is not only provides a high quality visual arts education, it is also dedicated to instilling in students the role that art can play in community, and in service of community.  From the formal gallery, to popular art festivals, to service projects locally and globally, CBU Fine Art students serve through their art.

CBU Gallery

Located in downtown Riverside Arts Block, the CBU Gallery allows CBU Fine Art students to both showcase work and gain hands on experience in gallery management.  Each fine art major, during their final year, will launch a solo exhibition of their work.

Community Service

CBU Fine Art is dedicated to art in community and art in service of community. On a regular basis CBU Fine Art students bring their artistic talents out of the classroom and into the community.  Pictured left is a community service project whereby Fine Art students painted a mural on a local elementary schools play yard.

Community Art

CBU Fine Art is an active part of the Riverside and Inland Artistic community. From local festivals to art fairs, CBU Fine Art students are making, displaying, and showcasing original works. Pictured right is a free-standing light sculpture for the annual Riverside Lights festival.

Art Club

CBU Art club brings together visual artists to simultaneously produce art in community, and serve the community.  From community art projects, to utilizing art to raise funds for community projects, the CBU Art club serves.

International Service Projects

CBU is committed to fulfilling Jesus’ mandate in the Great Commission “to go and make disciples of all nations.” To this end, CBU believes that God bestows upon every student gifts and passions to accomplish their purpose. To that end, CBU sends out more students worldwide than any other college in the country.  For more information see the Office of Mobilization.

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