Illustration

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BFA in Illustration

Through the crafting of images, illustrators give form to ideas and bring stories to life. In the Illustration major at Memphis College of Art you learn to communicate and engage with a unique personal vision.

Major Requirements (33 Credits):

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  • IL220Visual Storytelling
  • IL230 Dimensional Illustration
  • IL240 Drawing from Imagination
  • IL270 Imagined Space
  • IL338 Digital Painting
  • IL339 Illustration and Type
  • IL360 Conceptualization + Metaphor
  • IL365 Style + Vision
  • IL460 Senior Studio: Business + Presentation
  • IL465 Senior Studio: Portfolio and Marketing
  • PD220 Life Drawing

Typical Four-Year Course Progression

1st Semester (15 credits)

  • Drawing 1 (3)
  • 2D Design (3)
  • Digital Foundations(3)
  • Writing 1(3)
  • Art History Survey: Prehistory to Medieval (3)

2nd Semester (15 credits)

  • Drawing 2(3)
  • 3D Design (3)
  • Color Foundations (3)
  • Writing 2 (3)
  • Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (3)

3rd Semester (15 credits)

  • Idea, Process and Criticism(3)
  • Drawing from Imagination(3)
  • Life Drawing(3)
  • Literature Elective(3)
  • Art History Elective(3)

4th Semester (15 credits)

  • Visual Storytelling(3)
  • Dimensional Illustration(3)
  • Drawing Imagined Space(3)
  • Math or Natural Science Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

5th Semester (15 credits)

  • Conceptualization and Metaphor(3)
  • Illustration and Type(3)
  • P2(3)
  • Social Science Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

6th Semester (15 credits)

  • Style and Vision(3)
  • Digital Painting(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Art History Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

7th Semester (15 credits)

  • Sr Studio: Business and Presentation(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective or Internship(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective or Art History Elective(3)

8th Semester (15 credits)

  • Sr Studio: Portfolio and Marketing(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective or Art History Elective(3)

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