Illustration Major at Sessions College

100% Online Creative Education

Illustration Major

Illustration Programs

In today’s increasingly digital design and publishing world, illustrators still hold sway. Because we need a human perspective, the pen (or brush) can be mightier than the pixel.

If you are excited by the idea of developing your drawing and painting skills in traditional and digital media, if your sketchbooks are already overflowing, think about an illustration major at Sessions College. Earning a degree or certificate in illustration can give you the skills, portfolio, and experience to begin or advance your career in creating artwork that informs or entertains.

An Illustration program is a canvas for your creativity. At Sessions, you’ll study illustration in traditional and digital media, learning how to represent what you see—and what you can imagine. Founded in 1997, Sessions College is the leading fully online college of visual arts. Our programs are online, accredited, creative, and affordable.

Find Your Creative Path

At Sessions College our programs range from flexible Certificate Programs to our premier BFA in Illustration program. Find out which online Illustration program is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Illustration program prepares new and current illustrators for their careers as professional creatives. This online BFA program is designed to produce graduates with the skills and attributes for tomorrow’s challenges: resourceful, adaptive critical thinkers who are prepared to excel in a professional environment, and whose work is based on effective research, problem-solving, and design methodology.

  • Our premier 120-credit Bachelor’s degree program, completed in under 4 years.
  • Customize your education plan to create a professional portfolio
  • Focus on research and presentation
  • Real world applications include work experience
  • Financial aid and creative scholarships for students who qualify

Associate Degree in Illustration

The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Illustration is an intensive two-year degree program for students seeking to enter careers in traditional and digital illustration. Developed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program offers a strong foundation in traditional drawing and painting and vector illustration, as well as a working knowledge of software and production techniques used by contemporary illustrators.

  • Comprehensive 72 credit, 2 year degree program
  • Includes Portfolio Review and Design Business course
  • Financial aid and creative scholarships for students who qualify

Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration

The Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration provides a thorough foundation in digital and traditional illustration for computer artists. In just two semesters, you’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of vector graphics, still life and figure drawing, color theory, composition, painting, and how to implement these concepts using today’s digital arts software tools Photoshop and Illustrator. Students gain a valuable introduction to the practices and workflows of commercial illustrators.

  • Focused 24 credit, 2 semester program
  • Build a portfolio and advance your career
  • Financial aid for students who qualify

100% Online Creative Education

Why Choose Sessions College?

Studying online can be a flexible, affordable, and exciting way to grow your creative skills and earn a degree. With 24/7 access to an online classes, and no set login times, you can study on your own schedule. At Sessions College, you can gain industry-relevant art and design skills in a project-based curriculum. Get the critiques you need from our expert faculty and watch your creative work flourish.

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Career Information

What Careers in Illustration are Available?

Careers in the illustration industry are numerous and varied. Do you like the sound of being your own boss? Many illustrators are self-employed or independent, though most are employed with existing organizations.

Our Illustration Associate Degree program helps our students build a strong foundation for careers across the media spectrum. Here are a few examples.

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Print Media
  • Promotions
  • Publishing
  • Video
  • Animation

Visit our Illustrator Career Guide for more information, or browse the Federal Occupational Handbook or O*NET database.