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ILLUSTRATION

 

3D Motion Graphics (ILL-214)



Prerequisite: ILL-211 Motion Design 1
Course Credit: 3

5th Term Portfolio Review (ILL-300)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Adv Surface Dsgn Digital Print (ILL-450)

New technologies have allowed the illustrator to evolve their work onto the tactile printed surface. The opportunity digital printing presents is enormous, and it is incumbent upon the illustrator to learn the mathematics and design of patterns as well as the programs needed to execute them. In this course, students will experiment with the principles and complexities of pattern, developing knowledge of the correct ratios and proportions necessary for the successful application of a completed surface design. Students will also gain the skills necessary to produce client-ready files for production. Throughout the course, the inspiring study of the globally influential visual vocabulary of California Modernism will inform students' design portfolio.

Prerequisite: ILL-253 Image and Idea
Course Credit: 3

Advanced 3D Motion Graphics (ILL-314)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Illustration Studio (ILL-319)

This class is taught on a mentorship basis and students will be encouraged to develop their own approach to their work and hone their immediate vision for their future. The emphasis will be on the modern world of illustration and its many forms and opportunities. Students will be challenged with multiple choice projects with a view to creating portfolio pieces. Guest critics from the world of illustration and design will participate in project assessment. A group studio workshop conducted in collaboration with "National Forest" will be embedded within the class.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-260 Illustration Design Take ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Illustration Studio (ILL-319)

This class is intended for upper term students and will focus on generating strong imagery while simulating the conditions of real-world illustration assignments. A main theme is for students to explore the common ground between assignment parameters and their personal artistic goals and sensibilities. A diversity of approach is welcome in this class, including illustrative, fine-art, photographic, or sculptural. Students will be challenged with a variety of projects designed to highlight specific concepts of visual communication. Students may choose to take this class with a view to create finished portfolio pieces from established methods, or they may take a more experimental approach with a view to explore alternative methods with more unpredictable outcomes.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-260 Illustration Design Take ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Motion Comm 2 (ILL-473)



Prerequisite: Take GPK-305 or ILL-314 Advanced 3D Motion Graphics
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Portraiture (ILL-216)

The enduring need and success of the portrait lies in it146s ability to remain truthful and modern. This class digs in and works in contemporary ways, using photography, and video projection, with occasional live models as its source material. Emphasis will be placed on composition, cropping and innovation. Be prepared to work hard, master varying techniques, be expressive and lose your preconceptions of what a portrait should be! Expect in class demos, guest painters and a challenging project schedule. Pre-req: Portaiture or Color Theory

Prerequisite: ILL-171 Portraiture ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Sketching for Illustr (ILL-306)

This advanced course focuses on improving the student's ability to paint illustratively, express mood, and place objects in an environment.

Prerequisite: ILL-207 Sketching for Illustration ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Advisement Workshop (ILL-007)

Advisement Workshop is designed to help Illustration students determine what classes they should be taking the following term, assist students in selecting works to present for scholarship reviews, to discuss the outcomes of scholarship awards, and generally to give advice about career development. The instructor running the workshop will not only meet directly with students but also help to coordinate other Illustration instructors to do advisement as well.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Analytical Figure Drawing (ILL-204X)

This class provides intensive study of human anatomy. Principles of foreshortening, development of visual memory, observation of gesture, visual viewpoint and sequential figures in motion are addressed. Course material provides an overview of mainstream figural concepts in contemporary art, illustration, entertainment design and animation. This course is part of Art Center's undergraduate Illustration program. Enrollment for Art Center at Night students is extremely limited. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prerequisite: ACN-161 Intermediate Figure Drawing or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Analytical Figure Drawing (ILL-204)

This class provides intensive study of human anatomy. Principles of foreshortening, development of visual memory, observation of gesture, visual viewpoint, and sequential figures in motion are addressed. Course material provides an overview of mainstream figural concepts in contemporary art, illustration, entertainment design and animation.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Animal Magic (ILL-288)

Children's book? Editorial? Entertainment? This class is a must for all Illustrators: Learn to draw animals from life. Learn to draw animals in motion and in a natural habitat. Perfect the principles of dynamic drawing working from a menagerie of live animals, right here on the Art Center campus. Test your skills of observation, and your ability to be a silent and respectful observer while improving your drawing skills and your imagination in this unique class. Pre-requisite: Composition and Drawing

Prerequisite: Take FND/ILL-208 Composition & Drawing
Course Credit: 2

Application Studio (ILL-454)

The illustrator as problem solver is a paramount requirement for success in the working environment. This class readies you to present your work in an industry specific manner. This class will assess your image creation and direction to date, commission new work and develop concepts utilizing your strengths by taking the finish through to final application in a professional manner for presentation in your 8th term PDL portfolio. Application Studio is designed for 8th term students who are enrolled in Portfolio Design lab concurrently.

Prerequisite: ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Background Painting Basics (ILL-205)

The class shortens learning time by directly addressing painting issues overlooked by students and by addressing them using Photoshop techniques.

Prerequisite: INT-100, Digital Design 1
Course Credit: 3

Background Ptg/Animated Films (ILL-415)

In this class, students create story-driven images charged with emotional subtext, while focusing on art direction issues such as style, creating a tone or mood, portraying specific times of day or lighting situations. Through a linear process of thumbnailing, laying out, creating value study, color key and finish, students learn a reliable method for producing consistent results. All academic principles are visited and reinforced: composition, perspective, light logic, and color theory. Additional course material includes staging, atmospheric perspective, and painting technique. Emphasis is on storytelling.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-106 Perspective
Course Credit: 3

Bag-It! With Paul Frank (ILL-474)

In this workshop led by Paul Frank, students will explore concept design and execution of a bag and ottoman collection based on a given theme. Topics covered: working from a concept, researching trends and influences, bag construction methods, fabric exploration and materials innovation, visual product storytelling, and collection development. Projects will include creation of a resource book, patternmaking, and developing an understanding of sewing techniques. For the final project, a completed bag and ottoman design, with one prototype of each, is required. Students interested in Illustration, graphic icons, accessories, apparel, and fashion design are welcome. Access to Sewing Lab equipment with assistance from instructor.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Character Jam & Monster Mashup (ILL-257)

The design principles we will utilize in CJ&MM will have applications in animated films, illustration, games, toy design, comics, live action visual effects films, storyboarding, and commercials. CJ&MM is a fast paced, quick turn around, idea based, pencil / ink on paper concept class. It mimics the industry working process and your ideas will be assessed as if you were working with the client directly. We will concentrate on concept and execution utilizing a wide variety of source materials and applications. Context will be provided through historical, cultural, and genre awareness, from comic books through ancient Egypt. Highest priority will be given to structural validity and three dimensional thinking. If you think you might want a career in visual development for animated films, illustration, games, toy design, or live action films we will focus on the skill set that you need for these disciplines.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Children's Book Illustration (ILL-357)

This class is designed to inform illustrators about the design, formatting and marketing of children's books, as well as the application of their individual talents to picture book illustration.

Prerequisite: ILL-207 Sketching for Illustration ILL-253 Image and Idea
Course Credit: 3

Composition & Drawing (ILL-208)

This course provides an introduction to figure drawing and composition for beginning students in all majors who want to develop sound drawing and observational skills. Anatomical observation focusing on an understanding of skeletal structure and musculature, as well as mechanical function and forshortening is highly stressed, and composition and lighting are highlighted during class discussions and demonstrations. Attention is given to the role of drawing in conceptual development (rough, comp, finish), and art history is used to contextualize in-class assignments.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Composition & Painting (ILL-153)

This class explores the development of figural compositions expressing conceptual themes, the proportion and structure of the human figure, and light and its application to the human form.

Prerequisite: Take FND/ILL-208 Composition and Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Craft Technique Surface Design (ILL-248)

In this class you will learn to understand the advantages of digital printing through hands on experience working with the preceding technologies. Traditional methods of printing textiles use a template as a method of transferring a design onto a substrate. Techniques taught will include shibori, batik, relief block printing, brush repeats, photograms, and stenciling. In surface design it is also vitally important to develop and explore ideas thoroughly before starting work on the computer. The starting point for a design can come from many sources, from a personal idea or a commercial brief, and in either case thorough research is essential. In this class you will learn how to assemble and present your research ideas to industry standard while keeping the context of your design theme relevant to contemporary trends. There will be a substantial materials list for this class which you will be responsible for purchasing.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Creative Perspective (ILL-256)

Students will take this advanced class to develop an understanding of the use of this drawing technique for the creation of realistic environments and backgrounds. Strong focus on rigorous drawing assignments

Prerequisite: ILL-106 Perspective ILL-102 Viscom Fundamentals
Course Credit: 3

Digital Illustration (ILL-258X)

Using Adobe Illustrator, students in this class will develop vector-drawing abilities through a variety of skill-based assignments. Course material covers drawing logo concepts and creating cartoon-style characters. Students will learn to execute technical renderings of 3D objects and create two-point perspective for architectural renderings, packaging, page layout and typography.

Transferable (see REGISTRATION INFO-COURSE CREDIT for details).

Prerequisite: ACN-101 Digital Design 1, or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Digital Illustration (ILL-258)



Prerequisite: Take Digital Design 1 or Digital Design 2
Course Credit: 3

Digital Landscape (ILL-359)

Please see Department Chair

Prerequisite: Take Digital Design 1 Take ILL-106 Perspective
Course Credit: 3

Digital Life (ILL-277)

This new class teaches and refines the art of digital painting in an in class studio environment working from a live model or still life. Various techniques and a wide range of approaches will be demonstrated. Students will learn how this real life practice strengthens their digital painting ability even when they are working without reference. As a contrast homework projects will challenge the imagination and test the advancement of your skills.

Prerequisite: Take Digital Design 1 Take Composition and Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Digital Motion Compositing (ILL-414)

Digital Motion Compositing is an advanced level transdisciplinary studies film course. Students from Film, Motion Graphics and Motion Illustration collaborate to create unique narrative solutions. The course will teach how to produce live-action green screen shoots and the proper methods of post-production development. Faculties will teach unique perspectives from a designer, director and a cinematographers point of view.

Prerequisite: Take FIL-253, GPK-208 and GPK-211
Course Credit: 3

Digital Painting (Photoshop) (ILL-259)

This advanced course will explore techniques in digital painting as used in the entertainment industry. The course will encompass all aspects of the tool crib, the layers menu, filters, animation, typography, selecting process, cut and paste, 3D, and preferences. It will cover practical applications such as digital matte painting for both live action and animation, as well as digital drawing for layout and character design. No career is complete without a thorough knowledge of Photoshop.

Prerequisite: Take CGR-101/INT-100, Digital Design 1
Course Credit: 3

Digital Tools for Animation (ILL-350)

This class is for mid to upper term entertainment students seeking familiarity with the newest digital tools currently in use in feature animation. Taught by a successful industry artist and published author, this class will focus on a project based emphasis tailored to individual student work and will be run workshop style via a 'hands on' method of learning the tools so they are applicable to individual student approaches and styles. Knowledge of these programs is an essential for the student looking to customize their work in order to maximize on industry opportunities upon graduation.

Prerequisite: Must have completed ILL-258
Course Credit: 3

Drawing Concepts 1 (ILL-113)

In this required first term drawing class students employ a variety of drawing materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink wash, and various papers to investigate the difference between representation and expression.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-208 Composition and Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Drawing Concepts 2 (ILL-380)

This course encourages students to expand their drawing sensibilities into areas of abstraction and expressive drawing. Development of personal, introspective image making is emphasized, as well as exploration of various media in experimental applications.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-113 Drawing Concepts 1
Course Credit: 3

Drawing Projects (ILL-220)

This lower term class will focus in depth on combining concept with drawing skills. Focus will be on investigation and imagination and breaking the student out of familiar territory in areas of technique and approach. Assignments will be project based and exploratory with each student encouraged to develop an individualistic approach which advances their drawing repertoire while communicating ideas for future illustration assignment work.

Prerequisite: Must have completed ILL-153 & ILL-208
Course Credit: 3

Drawing for Illustration (ILL-305)

Life drawing from the nude and clothed model makes up most of the in-class drawing exercises. Students work in pen and ink and explore other media including sculptural materials for individual expression. Twentieth-century art is presented as a means of understanding the range of possibilities of formal and conceptual relationships. The final project will reflect the interest of each student and help focus on artistic directions they may take in later terms. Personal expression is encouraged and students begin the process of finding their own artistic voice.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-113 Drawing Concepts 1 Take ILL-208 Composition and Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Drawing for Illustration (ILL-305X)

Life drawing from the nude and clothed model forms the foundation of in-class drawing exercises. In addition, you will explore other media including pen and ink as well as sculptural materials for individual expression. Twentieth-century art is presented as a means of understanding the range of possibilities of formal and conceptual relationships. Personal expression is encouraged as you begin the process of finding your own artistic voice and direction. Enrollment for Art Center at Night students is extremely limited. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prerequisite: ACN-208 Composition and Drawing or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Dynamic Sketching for Illustra (ILL-355)

Professional entertainment designers use all types of visual language to create. The goal of this class is to develop the students' ability to visually communicate, conceptualize, and express their creative ideas dynamically via stories and experiences. This gives designers and illustrators a tool to create new ideas and solve intensive problems through the drawing process. These are fundamental skills for designers working in the entertainment industry today.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-208 Comp and Painting
Course Credit: 3

Entertainment Art Senior Proje (ILL-460)

Students will spend 14 weeks developing a body of work in an area of specialization ? i.e. storyboarding, character, environment or matte painting for presentation.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Fashion Career Visits (ILL-337)

Los Angeles is home to an exciting diversity of designers and new fashion companies. Students will visit designers and engage with them firsthand, in order to understand how current issues like sustainability and social responsibility are being tackled by the newest crop of LA entrepreneurs. Through a series of guided field trips and personal introductions, students will: Define the companies' philosophy; understand the client base; define aesthetic and conceptual bases for each company; and develop a complete understanding of the companies' manufacturing practices. Project work will be part of the final. The working list of LA visits includes Dosa, Oona Erlich, Spenser Nikosey, and Apolis.

Prerequisite: ILL-253 Image and Idea
Course Credit: 3

Fashion Drawing 1 (ILL-219)

Drawing is the principal tool for fashion and surface design. It is skill that can be learned, and once acquired allows for instant recording and ease of communication of fashion and surface design concepts. Fashion garments take their form from the figure beneath-the figure provides the framework underpinning the architecture of the garments above-so critical to good fashion drawing is the ability to draw the figure-the 'fashion figure'-accurately and elegantly. This class will cover the skills involved in drawing fashion from the all-important correct drafting of the underlying 'fashion figure' to the depiction of the fully-clothed croquis displaying skilled rendition of a wide range of different garments and fabrics. Besides learning the techniques for drawing fashion, students will learn about the construction of garments, the terminology used in fashion design and construction and how to style the fashion figure for different markets. Classes will include the use of fashion models and industry speakers; garments and fabric samples will be available for demonstration.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Fashion Illustration (ILL-308)

The application of image making, and the use of design in the application of images for use in the editorial, fashion, and environmental marketplaces.. Students will able to use the figure in the communication of stylized surfaces for fabric, stylization of fashion for entertainment, haute couture, or for surface and special applications.

Prerequisite: ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Gouache Techniques (ILL-209)

Heavier, and more opaque than watercolor, with great color saturation and ease of coverage, Gouache is one of the most versatile mediums for any Illustrator to master. Traditionally used for both quick ideation and finished pieces, Gouache has been used by top illustrators working in all subject matter ranging from children's books to entertainment artwork for decades. It's durability, ease of handling at any scale and vibrancy on the page are qualities this medium guarantees. Learn a variety of techniques for working beautifully and effectively from nature or in more controlled circumstances where high quality and a refinement of detail are required.

Prerequisite: ILL-207 Sketching For Illustration ILL-253 Image and Idea
Course Credit: 3

Graphic Design for Ent Arts (ILL-339)

Paul Roger's graphic work for "The Incredibles" gave the movie part of its distinctive and highly influential style. Learn how to design and draw on graphic influences and understand how to employ themes from the historic and modern world of signage, logos and design history to your feature animation projects.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (ILL-976)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Head & Hands (ILL-167)

Students in this class will study the basic structure and proportion of the head; direct observation as well as the effects of light and shade are emphasized.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Hist Env for Matte Painting (ILL-391)

A thorough and integrated knowledge of history, both ancient and modern as it relates to costume, props and architectural styles is a must for any successful matte painter. Your success lies in authentic reconstructions and a truly accurate rendition of all details based on the understanding of the key design principles that define each era. The class commences with an exploration of depictions of ancient cultures, then contrasts that foundation with the modern period, ending with an opportunity to test your logic and imagination in futuristic scenarios. Pre-requisite ILL 106 (or FND 106), ILL 150 and ILL 359

Prerequisite: Take FND/ILL-106 Perspective AND ILL-359 Digital Landscape
Course Credit: 3

Idea Lab (ILL-383)

Entertainment design, when inspired by observation and exposure through live research, transcends mimicry, giving birth to truly authentic design. Idea Lab emulates the working processes of conceptualizing for creative moviemaking. Students will engage in direct research: targeted field trips exploring the rich cultural fabric of Los Angeles; working with actors; and acquiring data from physical research and investigating literary sources. Then they will develop their research, creating style boards and imagery. There will be four project-based trips and a final.

Prerequisite: ILL-253 Image and Idea
Course Credit: 3

Illustrated Journalism (DM) (ILL-387)

The dynamic translation of dense information, a dramatic event, politics, fashion trends, statistics, facts, how-tos, and the sequential unfolding of a pattern of events can all be communicated in a powerful and enlightening way via visual journalism. In this class you will learn the methods of breaking down a text through thinking and drawing, how to highlight the important key points, and how to design a page using visual icons that render the information understandable. You will also learn how to employ the assets of the illustrator: humor, wit, and a distinctive drawing style and color palette as part of the visual journalism repertoire. Open to 6th term students and above.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Illustration Design (ILL-260)

The philosophies of twentieth and twenty-first century leaders in design provide a platform for the exploration of the merging of the aesthetics of graphic design with contemporary illustration practice. Strong emphasis on conceptual problem-solving approaches and a rigor in matching form to content. Projects are geared toward contemporary and innovative work able to address both traditional and emerging markets.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Illustration Design Lab (ILL-261)

"Illustration Design Lab is an advanced illustration class that explores the range of image-making approaches available at the intersection of contemporary illustration and graphic design in a lab atmosphere. Drawing and painting, photography, typography and digital media serve as the basis for an exploration of the possibilities inherent in hybrid techniques and approaches available to the contemporary artist. Using models from graphic design, illustration, and fine art relevant to each week's exploration, students acquire a powerful arsenal of tools for contemporary image-making with infinite applications. The class will alternate between studio and computer lab, emphasizing speed, productivity and mobility across both traditional and digital media."

Prerequisite: Take Comp and Painting
Course Credit: 3

Illustration Internship (ILL-900)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Illustration Now! (ILL-101)

Illustration Department orientation class

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Illustration Studio Elective (ILL-TRNSFR)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Illustration Style for TV (ILL-281)

2D flat graphic artwork is the hallmark of television animation. Artwork for TV is specific, linear, color blocked, original and the domain of the Illustrator. This class offers a TV oriented approach to layout, design, background painting, and character design specifically tailored to the needs of TV animation and production. The class will focus on stylizing environments and characters. Students will learn how to create environments specific to television and short cartoon animation and how to utilize techniques which achieve faster results, without sacrificing illustration design concepts. Students will work with a combination of traditional mediums, gouache, acrylic and inks, as well as Photoshop.

Prerequisite: Take FND/ILL-208 Composition & Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Illustration for License (ILL-379)

Decorative products which utilize Illustration have altered the discourse of contemporary design. By refranchising figuration, decoration and the hands on process Illustration has reestablished itself in a new setting and a new market: The interior, either residential or commercial, on furnishings and on soft goods such as fabrics and wallpapers. Gain an overview of this emerging market, through the hands on development of a series of projects which will transform our illustrations from the 2 dimensional page to an environmental reality. There will be some materials and production expenses associated with this class that you will be responsible for.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-258 Digital Illustration Take ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Illustration for Publishing (ILL-377)

Students will understand what is available to them in the marketplace in terms of publishing outlets, including editorial, children's market, consumer product guides for entertainment, book covers, and even self-publishing. Student will go through a series of short assignments that focus on work for one or more of these markets. A component of the class will be a longer production assignment of a first professional portfolio.

Prerequisite: ILL-260 Illustration Design ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Illustrative Storytelling (ILL-315)

Students will learn and develop storytelling skills, which are vital to all aspects of Illustration. Students will study examples of the sophistication and purpose of a visual narrative from traditional Illustration to present day interpretations. Students will understand this classic formulation is key to creating successful pieces of meaning and context, enabling them to work successfully in the future when developing ideas, either with an Art Director, or inventing a visual from a written narrative or plain text for their own projects.

Prerequisite: Take ILL 208 Comp & Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Image and Idea (ILL-253)

An introduction to the conceptual strategies available to the visual artist, the crucial link between text and image, and creative approaches for giving visual form to abstract concepts and ideas. Particular emphasis is placed on rigor in matching form to content, risk-taking and non-literal thinking. Projects are aimed at building a strong conceptual skill-base with the flexibility and confidence to address conventional, emerging and future markets.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Imaginatomy (ILL-381)

Even though most character development is done on computer, it is imperative for students to explore the 3-dimensional "common sense" of organic forms in a hands-on way. This class will explore anatomy and zoological similarities and differences in a variety of animals. By studying their mechanics, students will observe how levers and fulcrums function.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-208 Drawing Concepts 1
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Fashion Illustration (ILL-218)

Fashion is more influential than ever, and fashion illustration is one route to a great illustration career. There is much to learn. This class offers a thorough study of the most famous practitioners of great fashion illustration, concentrating on how drawing and painting style in fashion has reflected both culture and attitudes throughout the decades. Students will be working towards creating their own original fashion Illustration technique. Projects will be supported by field trips, guest lectures, demos, documentaries and guest faculty projects focusing on areas of specialization within fashion illustration, including beauty. There will be emphasis on developing fashion knowledge, awareness of evolving fashion culture, and analysis and prediction of trends. Class work will be analog and digital, with a specific online component. Students will work from live models and from reference materials.

Prerequisite: ILL-253 Image & Idea ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Maya & 3D Animation (ILL-210)



Prerequisite: Take Digital Design 1 or Digital Design 2
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Maya & 3D Animation (ILL-210X)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of character and motion-based animation, with emphasis on story, acting, camera and animation. Students will use the tools available in the Maya software package for the creation of CG animation. Topics covered include modeling, basic character set up, animation, shading, lighting and rendering. The fundamental concepts of digital animation and storytelling will be emphasized.

Transferable (see REGISTRATION INFO-COURSE CREDIT for details).

Prerequisite: ACN-101 Digital Design 1, or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Textile/Surface Desgn (ILL-335)

This class is an introduction to the surface design realm, for both interior design and soft goods use. The class is best suited to students who are interested in developing an understanding of this field and whose work and ideas exhibit a natural sense of style and design. Students will practice and learn the process of transforming their illustrations into successful surface design applications via a series of in class projects and homework assignments designed to build upon each other. The process of developing a design, creating different repeat systems, presenting different design approaches, building a collection based upon a theme and creating working color palettes will be covered. Final designs will be produced and printed large scale on fabric. There will be guest faculty designers from the industry and related field trips. There will be production expenses associated with this class which you will be responsible for.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Introduction to Matte Painting (ILL-370)

Expands on digital and traditional skills learned in Landscape Painting. Students will understand how to make design choices in their work that reflect the requirements of the story or projects they are working in.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-359 Digital Landscape Take ILL-106 Perspective
Course Credit: 3

Inventive Character 1 (ILL-371)

Students will learn the basics of character through the understanding of story. Students will develop the ability to realize characters in a variety of mannerisms through drawing and painting. Students will do a 3-d mold of their character in the final weeks of the class.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Inventive Drawing I (ILL-254)

In Inventive Drawing 1, students study traditional life drawing & narrative composition in class, and practicecharacter drawing, design and composition as homework assignments. Studentslearn the specifics of character drawing and design, how to create personality and casts of characters. Students produce a large volume of observational work in class, then use skills gained to develop imagined characters at home.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-208 Composition and Drawing Take ILL-153 Composition and Painting
Course Credit: 3

LEAP Symposium Publication (ILL-347)

Make a book. Inspire the future. With the endorsement of the National Endowment for the Arts, LEAP: the New Professional Frontier in Design for Social Innovation will focus on the emerging career paths for designers in a social innovation context. The symposium includes a very dynamic brain trust of leaders: Allan Chochinov (Core77/SVA), William Drenttel (Design Observer), Lee Davis (NESsT), Robert Fabricant (frog), and Jocelyn Wyatt (IDEO.org), and we are expecting 100 people from various fields to join us as participants, grappling with the questions to help build a better future for artists and designers. We will be part of the dialogue. The event will take place on Thursday, September 19- Saturday, Sept 21 where students will have the opportunity to draw, photograph, write, make comics, and sketch. In this class, a select number of students will create an Illustration-driven publication about this new field of social innovation, addressing improved working conditions, education, and community development. The student team will create a downloadable PDF and print on demand visual journal that will be used to inspire social designers around the world.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Media Experimentation (ILL-267)

This course introduces students to experimentation with various media and techniques, as well as with imagery and content.

Prerequisite: ILL-153 Composition and Painting ILL-253 Image and Idea ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Motion Design 1 (ILL-211)



Prerequisite: ILL-258 Digital Illustration or ILL-259 Digital Painting
Course Credit: 3

Motion Design 2 (ILL-265)



Prerequisite: Take GPK-208 OR ILL-214 3D Motion Graphics;
Course Credit: 3

Notorious (ILL-318)

The portrait, be it a likeness or abstract, kind, or a commentary, is king in any illustrators portfolio in editorial, on book covers or entertainment character work. This class involves discussion of the enduring importance of the portrait, analysis of successful examples, and an exploration of various approaches and techniques. Students will create a variety of highly original interpretive portraits of todays famous faces from the worlds of music, sport, art, science, fashion and film.

Prerequisite: ILL-207 Sketching for Illustration ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Nude Body (ILL-325)

A continuation of contemporary figurative painting.... Challenging and back in focus, representational painting is undergoing a resurgence of popularity. This course looks at new source material, both contemporary and historical and new perspectives on this classical subject taking influences from the medical, journalistic, photographic, and cinematic depiction of the body, in repose or in action. The development of a strong, adaptable skill-set will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-153 Composition and Painting
Course Credit: 3

On the Fence (ILL-346)

"On the fence" is strictly a mural/ installation course (outdoor, indoor, window, wall) for illustrators and designers who were interested in large scale work. This is a fully collaborative group course with emphasis on large scale work, techniques, process, art direction and context. There will be several assignments covering a range of topics, which may include news, current events, ideas and awareness issues and students are to work to the given brief.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Op Ed Illustration (ILL-179)

This class is a challenge to bright students! Are you ready for the realities of the kind of assignments that emerging illustrators can use to start getting noticed and build a reputation as artists who are capable of communicating visual ideas? 14 fast paced projects with assignments grounded in real world current events, critiqued weekly by a New York Times Editor. Pre-requisite: Illustrative Storytelling or by permission of department.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-315 Illustrative Storytelling
Course Credit: 3

Perspective (ILL-106)

Perspective theories were established during the Renaissance and are the crucial foundation of 3D drawing and painting, with direct applications in architecture, illustration, and industrial and environmental design. This class provides an introduction to and exploration of 3D perception and linear perspective systems that enable designers and illustrators to simulate 3D space on a 2D plane.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Portfolio Design Lab (ILL-453)

A portfolio in some format is the essential tool for a job search, graduate school or grant application, or competition entry. Approaches to portfolio design have expanded over recent years to include a variety of media, traditional as well as non-traditional materials and approaches. Graduating portfolios range from the traditional to the digital, from still to motion, from unique one-of-kind collectible to mass-produced designs. Students learn how to manage content for maximum impact effectiveness. This course covers every aspect of portfolio planning and production, with particular emphasis on developing a marketing strategy for after graduation.

Prerequisite: ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Portfolio Design Lab Ent Arts (ILL-455)

Portfolio Design Lab is both a portfolio building and a portfolio design class. It is your senior graduating class. This class will assist you in defining the personal direction of your work, the design and production of your graduating portfolio and collateral, and the presentation of your grad wall. Group discussions and handouts will help round-out your thinking about career choices after graduation, strategies for marketing and promotion, how to go about finding work, professional resources for support, and studio practices.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Portraiture (ILL-171)

This class paints portraits in acrylic and oil. The models pose for two consecutive class sessions. For homework assignments, students are expected to develop the image, adding elements that support the character inspired by the visual impression of the model.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-153 Composition and Painting or ILL-167 Head and Hands
Course Credit: 3

Sketching for Entertainment (ILL-241)

This course emphasizes drawing, painting technique, complex compositional considerations, and analysis of people and things for accuracy, understanding, and point of view aimed towards the entertainment industry.

Prerequisite: Take Composition and Drawing Take Drawing Concepts 1
Course Credit: 3

Sketching for Illustration (ILL-207)

This course emphasizes drawing, painting technique, complex compositional considerations, and analysis of people and things for accuracy, understanding, and point of view.

Prerequisite: Take Composition and Painting Take Head and Hands
Course Credit: 3

Smart Image/Social Impact(DM) (ILL-369)

This course is designed for illustrators with an interest in making work beyond the commercial, introducing them to the politics of communication in making work for social impact and change. This is not a make-a-poster-for-your-favorite-charity-and-call-i t-a-day type class. Lectures focus on real-life issues, with discussions on ethics, theories, practices, and how illustration plays a role. Dynamic in-class exercises, field research, student presentations, and four assignments cover key areas of socio-visual communication. Assignments include: design within a specific cultural context, human rights, urban responsibility, and turning group and individual research into actionable images and ideas. Students are encouraged to work together areas of interest to them. This course is an introduction for illustrators who are considering a DesignMatters concentration.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Story in a Picture (ILL-316)

The images in the majority of student entertainment portfolios are primarily descriptive. This can be appropriate for much concept design or visual development, but you are entering an industry based on narrative. Can you tell a story with your images? A large number of industry professionals have stated that they respond much more strongly to a sense of emotional involvement in student work. Story in a Picture is designed to put more story in your images. The class will provide compositional tools to create more focused eye movement and emotional content. Assignments will be both single and multiple images in whatever medium you are comfortable in. The class will offer situations, guidelines and some other help for your stories, but your images are going to do the story telling. Pre-requisite: ILL-253, Image & Idea (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Take ILL -253, Image & Idea
Course Credit: 3

Storyboarding (ILL-321)

Please see Department Chair

Prerequisite: Take ILL-254 Inventive Drawing
Course Credit: 3

Storyboarding 1: Desgn & Seqnc (ILL-266)

Teaches foundational storytelling and design-based narratives. Students should be 2nd-3rd term standing.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-258 Digital Illustration
Course Credit: 3

Storyboarding 2: Live Action (ILL-368)

This class furthers the design and sequencing skills from Storyboarding 1 with live-action incorporation in their storyboards. Students will have to shoot their subjects. Students can incorporate CG around the subject, but the subject has to be shot. The learning outcome is for them to get used to thinking and working outside of the confinement of their computers and dealing with doing auditions for a shoot and actually directing, but the end result are boards, not full blown animation. Students must be 4th term or higher. Highly suggested that Type 3 and Communication Design 3 have already been completed.

Prerequisite: ILL-266 Storyboarding for Motion 1
Course Credit: 3

Storyboarding 3: Adv Desg & Sq (ILL-466)

This is a very fast paced concept to final design sequencing class. It is a portfolio-building class comparable to the Advanced Graphic Studio (AGS) sequence. Students should be in their 6th-8th terms.

Prerequisite: Take GPK-366 or ILL-368, Storyboarding 2;
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (ILL-975)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Style (ILL-333)

This class teaches how style influences storytelling. Through research, analysis and hands-on application, students will apply various techniques, both traditional and digital to create a variety of styles as they relate to animated film and illustration. Strongly advised as a pre-req for the Visual Development class.

Prerequisite: ILL-253 Image & Idea
Course Credit: 3

Supersized (ILL-421)

An ambitious, "hands on" learning experience that challenges the student, and breaks the traditional role of the Illustrator, in a workshop/team atmosphere. The process is collaborative and highly inventive incorporating real world projects and professional guest critics. Students will learn to develop a sense of possibility while taking sketch ideas through to 3D ideation and production. Field Trips to fabricators, and sources for materials will be explored. The course is broken into 3 distinct project areas: toy, object, environment.

Prerequisite: ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

Type 1 (ILL) (ILL-111)

This class focuses on the study and generation of letterforms, including analysis of basic alphabet categories, historical background, and rationale of individual letter-style characteristics.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Typography 2: Structure (ILL-151)

Type 2 is a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of typography, with emphasis on the formal aspects of designing with typographic elements, and the responsibilities inherent in working with visible language.

Prerequisite: FND/GPK/INT/ILL-111 Type 1 or INT/FND-203 Expressive Type
Course Credit: 3

Typography 3: Context (ILL-200)

Type 3 asks students to apply what they have learned in Type 2 to particular contexts, allowing the individual nature of the project content and audience to start influencing and determining their typographic choices.

Prerequisite: Take GPK-151 or ILL-151 Type 2
Course Credit: 3

Typography 4: Motion (ILL-249)

Type 4: Motion deals the necessity of the implementation and analysis of typographic use in the digital realm. It examines type families that are optimal for screen-based applications. This course also shows the relationship with typographic use in print-based applications but shows that there is a distinct messaging advantage when utilized properly within digital applications. (Cross-listed with GPK-251)

Prerequisite: Take GPK-201 and GPK-265
Course Credit: 3

Viscom Fundamentals 1 (ILL-102)

This course emphasizes methods of illustrating design concepts clearly and correctly, and of describing them to others in the same manner. Extensive and indispensable information is presented on techniques, correct usage of required tools, and how appropriate sketches and renderings can greatly enhance the communication levels in realistic working design environments, formal presentation, and interactions with modeling teams.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-106, Perspective
Course Credit: 3

Visual Development (ILL-356)

This course focuses on quick sketching, editing, and pitching ideas geared towards entertainment design. The primary goal of this class is to provide students with a clearly directed methodology to facilitate the generation of non-derivative work and to familiarize students with the creative process as it specifically applies to the entertainment industry.

Prerequisite: Take ILL-106 Perspective Take ILL-207 Sketching for Illustration
Course Credit: 3

Watercolor Concepts (ILL-354)

An extensive exploration or how watercolors work. Using line, layering and fusion, the student examines figure, still life and landscape with transparent watercolor wash. In-class lectures on medium and materials cover paint, paper, brushes and process in the studio, and some assignments take place on location.

Prerequisite: ILL-153 Composition and Painting ILL-261 Illustration Design Lab
Course Credit: 3

   
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