Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As a future professional illustrator, you will develop a strong foundation for careers that showcase your artistic style through the Illustration major. The Illustration major focuses on developing your expertise in several genres, perfecting your style and learning the finer 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 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 introductory course explores fundamentals of illustrative design principles and how elements are utilized to address specific narrative or expressive problems. A survey of historical and current trends in illustration and an overview of basic business practices are examined.
Focusing on artist as author, this course examines the visual and structural components of sequential storytelling. Students interested in integrating dual roles of visual communication and writing will develop distinctive skills in creating pictorial outlines for use in a variety of media formats such as illustrated children’s books, advertising, educational publications, and storyboarding for video/film.
Emphasis is placed on critical thinking in illustration design, and developing a body of advanced illustrative work in preparation for the professional portfolio. Time is spent examining professional business practices.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.F.A., Indiana University, Fort Wayne; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Kim Reiff has worked 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, Don Swartzentruber designs carnivalesque images that originate from his interests in theology, cultural issues and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for more than 15 years, and he exhibits nationally. He currently teaches art at Warsaw Community High School.
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, to give God glory by worshiping Him with my gifts.
- Katelyn Mithoefer, B.A., Illustration and Drawing and Painting (double major), 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), 2012