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.

Course Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. Illustration

Course Requirements for an Illustration Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

ART 3430 Illustration Fundamentals

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.

ART 3500 Book and Editorial Illustration

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.

ART 2500 Computer Graphics: Design I

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.

ART 2550 Computer Graphics: Design II

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.