Illustration Design Track

Our Illustration Design curriculum is the broadest education available within our program, effectively preparing you for a variety of careers as a visual storyteller.

Students master a broad range of applications for their work, including print and digital-based enterprises that can be applied within the fields of editorial, publishing, product application, advertising, merchandising and graphic novels. You'll be prepared to work as a full-time employee, an independent contractor or an entrepreneur, with an expertise in design and typography broadly applicable to messaging campaigns in a variety of media.

Career Opportunities

  • Freelance artist and illustrator
  • In-house designer in publishing or advertising
  • Entrepreneur

Key Courses that Best Represent This Track

  • Illustrating for The New York Times
  • Illustration for Publishing
  • Illustration Strategies

What You'll Learn

Conceptual illustration for application to editorial, publishing, advertising and web projects; craft development in drawing and painting; art direction; poster and book cover design; illustration for PSAs; portraiture; hand-lettering; as well as advanced techniques utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator and Procreate software.

Notable alumni

Our graduates are sought-after visual storytellers whose designs educate, entertain and best of all, inspire.

  • Grant Higa, Illustrator, Wieden+Kennedy, Tokyo
  • Bijou Karman, Freelance artist/illustrator, clients include Google, Planned Parenthood, the New Yorker
  • Leonardo Santamaria, First-generation Filipino-American freelance illustrator, clients include NPR, TED, Politico

Your journey toward a career in Illustration Design starts here.

Learn more about ArtCenter's Illustration major

Track Director
David Tillinghast

David Tillinghast

His work has appeared in major newspapers, magazines and materials for Visa, Freddie Mac and Harvard University, among others

Illustration Design

Student Work

From Risk To Rihanna: Meet Fashion Illustrator Alum Bijou Karman

Take the next step toward a career in illustration design.