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.

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

Course Requirements for an Illustration Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

VCD 3430 Illustration I

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.

VCD 3480 Visual Narrative

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.

VCD 3500 Advanced Illustration

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.