What kind of illustrator do you aspire to be? In collaboration with your faculty mentor you will review and analyze your current portfolio, research industry trends, identify the type of work you want to create during the remainder of your program of study that could be for commercial use or fine art imagery, and enhance your creative workflow while producing new portfolio pieces. This multi-faceted course has been developed to provide a path for your academic and professional success.
Course At A Glance
- 100% online
- Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
- Classes start January, April, and August
The course is taught by the following instructor(s):
Assessing Your Portfolio and Career Goals
Let's discuss how we will use this course to assess your portfolio, identify your career goals, create your educational plan, and prepare for your internship.
In the Beginning
There was nothing. So, we'll examine how to get started in your creative project, discussing how to use organizing systems, research, category, plot sketches, recycling and project format to channel your ideas.
Writing a Story
Writing your story is every bit as important as drawing it. In this section, we will explore approaches to story structure and thematic development.
The Design Phase
We'll get down to the business of creating artwork: how to create templates, construct characters and iterate their poses and costumes, think about skin and costume color, research sets and props, and think about panel composition.
To prepare you for finalizing your artwork we will explore the application of lighting and color when producing comic art.
We will conclude with some thoughts on ways to promote your artwork, at the conclusion of this class or in the future.
Sample Student Work
What Are The Course Projects?
This course will set the stage for a student's success in the remainder of the BFA degree program and beyond. Students will assess their career and portfolio goals, and develop a customized education plan to get the most out of the program. For the creative project in this course they will enhance their workflow with insights on art making and story telling from a professional perspective.
What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
- Computer with Internet connection.
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC (InDesign optional).
- Drawing and art supplies may be required depending on your choice of project.
What Will I Learn?
Students in this course can expect to learn to:
- Examine your illustration/artwork portfolio to identify areas of opportunity to enhance existing work as well as a develop a plan to create additional pieces aligned with your career and creative goals.
- Explore and research multiple illustrations genres, industry trends, and the work of exceptional illustrators and/or sequential artists and/or fine artists who rely on narrative and/or pictorial 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 traditional materials and/or digital strategies to create compelling images with consideration of lighting, proportion, perspective, color, composition, art/design principles, and point of view in alignment with the course content and assignment criteria.
- Effectively conceptualize and produce artwork based upon research and by applying your creative process/workflow that could be utilized when producing commercial work and/or fine art imagery.
- Begin the process of preparing for the upcoming internship course by developing a list of potential employers and/or clients to work with and contact.
- Classes start January, April, and August
- 3 Credit Course
- Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques
|Course Tuition and Fees|
|Total Course Price||$1730|
Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.
Course Registration Form
To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.
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).