Global View of Illustration course at Sessions College

Global View of Illustration

3 credits

ILL 412: Global View of Illustration

Create internationally inspired projects infused with cultural research

Contemporary illustrators and fine artists must be prepared to produce work that appeals to a global audience. You will research illustrators and creative image makers who produce international work. Based upon your findings, you will develop and produce multi-faceted illustration projects focused on gaining the attention of an international audience. By considering cultural differences, you will develop the cultural sensitivity required to be a global creative and the skills to effectively research compelling and contemporary imagery for domestic and international audiences.

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Anne Catharine Blake

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Connection: The Human Portrait

      We will look at individual illustrators whose work brings stories and culture from around the world though folktales, biographies, and editorial work.

    2. Common Ground: The Human Experience

      e will explore ways to make connections through common experiences such as food and home/shelter. You'll have the opportunity to get involved with an international creative playground project for illustrators.

    3. Community: Social Change

      We will explore ways to create change and expand awareness through illustrations in public spaces in murals and posters.

    4. Research & Cultural Awareness

      We will explore the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation and discuss how to know the difference in our work.

Sample Student Work

For sample work, visit student gallery

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

Students will tackle three challenging, internationally focused illustration projects, selecting options that meet their portfolio goals. The projects deal with human portraiture, human experience, and social change, with poster, magazine/book cover, and mural options to explore course themes.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?

To take this course, you'll need:

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Drawing, painting, or other art supplies as dictated by your project.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Explore and research international illustrators and creative image makers, cultural differences, visually communicating with global and diverse audiences, and the work of exceptional illustrators and visual artists from different continents and cultural background.
  • Develop cultural sensitivity that is demonstrated through creative and written work.
  • Examine, gather, analyze, synthesize, and professionally present research in alignment with the course content, assignment criteria, and presentation guidelines.
  • Actively participate in class discussions/meetings, constructively assess the work of your peers, and enhance your creative work based upon feedback.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of your digital and traditional drawing, painting, and other image making skills to create quality portfolio ready pieces.
  • Effectively conceptualize, create, finalize, and present a multiple illustrations (digital and/or traditional) based upon research, with consideration of the following (where applicable): cultural differences and sensitivity, communicating with a diverse and/or global audiences, historical context, anatomy, gravity, movement, scale, proportion, light, value contrast, perspective, color, mood, art/design principles, and visual storytelling.
  • Apply and demonstrate technically proficient digital illustration/image making skills utilizing appropriate software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Getting Started

    Course Registration

    • Classes start January, April, and August
    • 3 Credit Course
    • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

    Course Tuition and Fees
    Registration Fee* $200
    Total Course Price $1730

    Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


    What Are The Courses Like?

    Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

    How Much Time Do I Need?

    Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

    Who Are The Instructors?

    Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

    Is Sessions College accredited?

    Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).