Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As a future professional illustrator, you will develop through the Illustration degree a strong foundation for careers that showcase your artistic style. The Illustration major focuses on developing your expertise in several genres, perfecting your style, and learning the fine points of self-marketing.
The purpose of the Illustration major is to develop your abilities to master significant illustration genres and produce images that contain a dynamic visual language that synthesizes and translates human knowledge and experiences into visual forms.
While bringing practical, professional knowledge to the classroom, our faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to be competent in communicating visually and to develop a mature Christ-centered worldview.
Examples of courses in this major:
This course provides a foundational understanding of the field of illustration. The student will gain experience in the process of designing and creating illustrations, as well as explore the various illustration markets such as advertising, editorial, publishing and technical illustration. This will include a survey of historical and current trends in American illustration, and an introduction to basic business and organizational practices found in an illustration enterprise.
This course is geared toward developing a portfolio of work that focuses on illustration as a visual extension of text, as found in children’s book, editorial, and publishing markets. Continued emphasis is placed on critical thinking in illustration design and improving illustration skills. Time is spent developing professional practices, and in exploring and understanding the student’s own personal style and individual expression.
This computer laboratory course for the graphic designer concentrates on all aspects of desktop publishing for print and web page design and layout. Software covered includes Adobe InDesign and Adobe Dreamweaver.
A computer laboratory course that focuses on the software used by graphic designers and illustrators to edit images and to utilize innovative illustration techniques for print and web page design. The major software programs explored are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.F.A., Indiana University, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Professor Terry Armstrong has a bachelor's degree in both fine art and commercial art from Indiana University. In addition to his extensive background as a corporate graphic artist and communications manager, his fine art watercolors have captured many honors and have been exhibited in numerous galleries within the United States.
B.S., Art, Grace College
Professor Scott Holladay is a full-time illustrator in the areas of book, medical, and editorial illustration. He has focused on medical, technical, architectural, and general editorial illustration for clients in the medical and publishing community for over 15 years.
B.F.A., Indiana University, Fort Wayne; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Professor Kim Reiff has worked in industry as a marketing communications manager, graphic designer, and production manager.
B.S. in Art Education, all-grade, Grace College; M.F.A. in visual arts, Vermont College of Norwich University
As a contemporary visionary artist,Professor Don Swartzentruber designs carnivalesque images that manifest from interests in theology, cultural issues, and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for more than 15 years and exhibits nationally. He currently teaches art at Warsaw Community High School.
B.F.A., Bowling Green State University, OH; M.F.A., Miami University, OH
Professor Timothy Young joined the Grace College faculty in 1997. In addition to his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees, he has participated in additional studies at Circulo de Bellas Arts, Madrid, Spain. Prof. Young is accomplished in painting and drawing and has exhibited and sold major works in the U.S. and abroad.
B.A. in Art Education, Oakland City College; M.S. in Art Education, Indiana University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
Bringing a unique perspective to the classroom, Prof. J.D. Woods challenges students of European and American art history to explore how religious ideals are reflected in the arts. He has taught in the college's prison extension program for over 10 years, while freelancing in the graphic arts. His hobby is collecting and performing music with the guitar and banjo, for a variety of audiences in the community.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
I have seen God's grace and provision through the faculty members. They have challenged me to stretch myself to become a better artist by improving my skills, and most of all, giving God glory by worshiping Him with my gifts.
—Katelyn Mithoefer, B.A., Illustration and Drawing and Painting (double major), graduating 2012
Grace has made such an impact on my life these past two years. Not only have I grown spiritually in my walk with the Lord, but I have also improved greatly as an artist. My goal is to one day become either an artist for Disney or a conceptual artist for the movie industry"
—Stephanie Johnston, B.A., Graphic Design and Illustration (double major), graduating 2012