Illustration Schools

The Best U.S. Schools for Illustration and Drawing 2018

Good illustrations and drawings are often beautiful artistic representations of people, places, and things. Some invoke feelings of happiness, sadness, awe, fear, or nostalgia.

There are a number of different types of illustrations that we as humans might have the pleasure of feasting our eyes upon. Pen and pencil illustrations usually consist of clearly defined lines, while charcoal and pastel illustrations consist of thick lines and smudged areas of shading. These illustrations might grace publications like books, newspapers, or magazines, or they can be admired as they hang on a wall in an art gallery, business, or home.

Drawing and illustration typically requires a great deal of skill to create attractive and dynamic pieces of art. Most people admit that drawing is a skill that a person either has or doesn’t have. For instance, some people can create an artistic masterpiece with nothing more than a piece of paper and a #2 pencil in a short period of time. Others, however, have trouble drawing simple stick figures.

Nevertheless, even those with talent need education and guidance to make the most of their skills. Illustration schools are often just the thing for individuals looking to develop their talents and pursue an illustration career.

Search through hundreds of schools that offer the Illustration programs you are looking for, simply select the program from the drop down below:

  • 01

    CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)

    24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

    Educating students since 1970, Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast have ranked CalArts as the nation’s top college of the arts. Its six schools offer rigorous graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

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    Ringling College of Art and Design

    2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

    Founded in 1931, Ringling College excels in propelling students into the real world of art through substantive internships, national competitions, cutting-edge technology, and client projects (to name a few).

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    • imgEnrollment : 1262
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    Savannah College of Art & Design

    342 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

    Embracing a forward-looking approach to artistic academia, SCAD is a student-centered institution determined to provide educational excellence within the context of a positive learning environment. Students learn to create art, as well as live creatively artistic lives.

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    • imgEnrollment : 11,861
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    2 College St, Providence, RI 02903

    Nestled amidst the picturesque New England seaboard, Rhode Island School of Design has long been one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious colleges offering rigorous art programs at both an undergraduate and graduate level.

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    School of Visual Arts

    209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

    Founded in 197, SVA is a for-profit art and design educational institution located in New York offering 11 bachelor’s programs & 22 graduate options. SVA emphasizes excellence in expression and responsible industry participation.

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    • imgEnrollment : 4,408
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    USC - Roski School of Art and Design

    University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089

    Hailing as the oldest school of art in Southern California, USC’s Roski was established in 1883. It grants two undergraduate degrees and three master’s degrees ( BA, BFA, MA, MFA, MPAS).

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    UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture

    405 Hilgard Ave Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Located in the heart of one of the world’s cultural centers, the UCLA School of Art emphasizes the necessity of a profound interdependence between the creative arts and academic scholarship. Drawing from the richness of the surrounding culture, the School hosts a distinguished, world-famous faculty who effectively combine studio-based experience with critical studies and liberal arts. As part of a leading research university, students are guaranteed an exclusive and empowering education.

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    • imgEnrollment : 41,908
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    Carnegie Mellon University

    5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    CMU is a place for passion to call home. A global research university, the college isone of the world’s greatest institutions. CMU challenges students with leading-edge brain science to create work that matters.

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    Rochester Institute of Technology - School of Film & Animation

    70 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

    RIT is a private college whose fine arts programs are consistently ranked in the “Top 10” by US News. Conferring associates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, it has 4 galleries and a Center for Design.

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    Pratt Institute

    200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

    Pratt Institute utilizes the city of New York as a literal classroom by engaging students in real life experiences including public critiques and internships with top design companies like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and more.

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    • imgEnrollment : 4,784
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    College for Creative Studies

    201 East Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202

    Established in 1906, the College for Creative Studies is a small, private, fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Diversity and inclusion characterize the student body: undergraduates hail from 35 states and 24 countries; while the graduate population is comprised of 81% international enrollees from 8 countries. Located in Midtown Detroit, students enjoy the long-established, rich culture of the city. From the Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts; to the libraries, galleries and famous restaurants; both college and students can leverage the educational opportunities provided by the urban community.

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    • imgEnrollment : 1,487
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    Tisch School of the Arts (NYU)

    721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

    Tisch School of the Arts at NYU is famous not only for its ability to develop scholars, artists and entrepreneurs, but also for the well-known success of its graduates. The accomplishments of alumni are annually recognized by world-renowned achievement at festivals, awards and via fellowships.

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    • imgEnrollment : 50,027
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    University of Pennsylvania School of Design

    102 Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    PennDesign hosts a community of scholars, rich in diversity and talent. Emphasizing thoughtful inquiry, innovation and creative expression; the college is committed to local and global well-being in design, art, preservation and planning.

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    • imgEnrollment : 24,876
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    Academy of Art University (San Francisco)

    79 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    With 30 distinct areas of study, Academy of Art University is America's largest private accredited art university. Markedly exceptional is their “No-Barrier to Admissions” policy. Applicants need only possess passion coupled with the ability to concretize it.

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    • imgEnrollment : 13,800
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    Brigham Young University - Department of Design

    155 East 1230 North, Provo, UT 84602

    With 4 departments and 3 schools dedicated to the arts, BYU offers everything a student could imagine. There are 11 art galleries, 55 practice rooms & performance groups annually tour 8 countries/140 cities.

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    • imgEnrollment : 33,469
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    Full Sail University - Game Design

    3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792

    Offering online and on-campus undergraduate and graduate degrees, Full Sail’s game design program was named a "Top Graduate & Undergraduate School to Study Game Design" in 2016 by The Princeton Review and Electronic Gaming Monthly.

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    The DAVE School

    2500 Universial Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819

    Founded by an animator, producer and recruiter in the industry, the DAVE school excels in providing an education steeped in the reality of the career-treks offered. Two online BA’s have recently been added.

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    Texas A&M University

    3137 TAMU, College Station, TX 77840

    In response to the widespread growth of imaging, media systems and high technology information; Texas A&M developed its Visualization Laboratory and the Visualization Academic Program. Degrees available are BS, MA, MFA-V and PhD.

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    • imgEnrollment : 12,928
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    Ohio State University

    128 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210

    Renowned for its excellence in the BA and MA programs; OSU maintains its core values of creative examination and intellectual freedom, while providing students with a rich, people-centered educational environment.

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    • imgEnrollment : 58,663
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    Maryland Institute College of Art

    1300 W Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

    Founded in Baltimore in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is one of the oldest art colleges in the U.S. For undergraduate education in the fine arts and its MFA programs, U.S. News & World Report has ranked MICA as one of the top colleges in the nation. Parade Magazine has ranked it in the Top 2 Studio Arts Programs in the U.S.; and The Princeton Review consistently names it a “Best Northeastern College.”

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    • imgEnrollment : 2,197
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    Laguna College of Art & Design

    2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    LCAD offers students a variety of opportunities by conferring BFAs in 7 areas and MFAs in 4 distinct categories. Its affiliation with the Florence Academy of Art allows for summer study in Italy.

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    University of Central Florida

    4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816

    UCF’s SVAD offers 13 bachelor level degrees and 2 masters level programs. Their amazing gallery presents works in the areas of Film, Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Digital Media and Illustration.

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    • imgEnrollment : 62,953
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    Columbia College of Chicago - School of Fine & Performing Arts

    600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    The School of Fine and Performing Arts upholds that living a creative life is a calling to be answered with driving force. To that end they offer over 50 programs upon which to build success.

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    • imgEnrollment : 8,961
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    University of Texas at Dallas

    800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080

    UT at Dallas gives students nonpareil opportunities to immerse themselves in innovative Art & Performance programs providing a unique interdisciplinary context for the study of the visual arts.

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    • imgEnrollment : 24,554
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    The New School's Parsons School of Design

    66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Unique in its educational approach, Parsons prioritizes humanity and culture; ever-seeking a connection to global urban centers with project-based learning. Founded in 1896, Parsons confers both undergraduate and graduate degrees at 5

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    DigiPen Institute of Technology

    9931 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052

    DigiPen is a committed leader in education & research in the field of computer interactive technologies. They offer undergraduate and graduate degrees; as well as high school programs, continuing education & international opportunities.

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    Gnomon School of Visual Effects

    1015 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    Gnomon offers superior educational opportunities whether you are getting a bachelor’s degree or participating in a vocational program, either on-campus or online. Its 96% placement rate proves, graduates are ready for the world.

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    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    36 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60603

    Since 1866, School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been committed to academic excellence, interdisciplinary exploration and the enrichment of each student’s artistic inquiry and experimentation.

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    • imgEnrollment : 3,591
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    DePaul University

    2320 N Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

    At DePaul University teaching comes first. Students are taught by esteemed faculty, not graduate students. DePaul raises artistic awareness in its student body and community by emphasizing knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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    Woodbury University

    7500 N Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504

    Woodbury’s School of Media, Culture & Design provides an innovative learning experience within an interdisciplinary environment. Undergraduates can choose from 8 degree programs: animation, communication, filmmaking, game art/design, graphic design, psychology and media technology.

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    Loyola Marymount University

    1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Striving for excellence in academia; social justice and transformative education; students enjoy dedicated lab spaces for theatre, art, dance and music; as well as Strub Theatre, Murphy Recital Hall and 2 galleries.

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    • imgEnrollment : 9,392
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    ArtCenter College of Design

    1700 Lida Street #2319, Pasadena, CA 91103

    With a tradition of learning to create and influence change; the Center impacts its community as well as global society. Its visionary methodology regarding art and design reflects the conservatory approach it embraces.

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Explore art and design programes with our comprehensive list of NASAD accredited colleges and universities. Search by degree level, program type, or state location.

School Name Program Name Details
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Certificate in Illustration Request Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Associate of Arts - Illustration Request Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Master of Arts - Illustration Request Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Arcadia University 450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 Bachelor's of Arts - Scientific Illustration Request Information
Art Academy of Cincinnati 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7106 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Art Center College of Design 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91107 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Boise State University 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Brigham Young University Harris Fine Arts Center, A 501, Provo, UT 84602 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
California College of the Arts 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
California College of the Arts 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618 Master of Fine Arts - Comics Request Information
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 Certificate in Bio-Medical Illustration Request Information
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 Master of Arts - Illustration Request Information
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Cleveland Institute of Art 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
College for Creative Studies 201 East Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202-4034 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Columbus College of Art and Design 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Delaware College of Art and Design 600 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Associate of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 Associates of Art in Illustration Request Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Hartford Art School 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 6117 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Hartford Art School 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 6117 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration (Low Residency) Request Information
Iowa State University 100 Enrollment Services Center, Ames, IA 50011-2011 Bachelor of Arts - Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Request Information
Kansas City Art Institute 4415 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111-1874 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University 17 Fountain Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University 17 Fountain Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Medical Illustration Request Information
Kent State University 800 E Summit St, Kent, OH 44240 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photo-Illustration Request Information
Laguna College of Art and Design 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Laguna College of Art and Design 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136 Certificate in Illustration Request Information
Laguna College of Art and Design 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Lesley University College of Art and Design 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 2138 Advanced Professional - Illustration Request Information
Lesley University College of Art and Design 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 2138 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Lesley University College of Art and Design 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 2138 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Fine Arts and Illustration Request Information
Lesley University College of Art and Design 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 2138 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration/Animation Request Information
Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME 4101 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Master of Arts - Illustration Request Information
Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Practice Request Information
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5882 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Memphis College of Art Overton Park 1930 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104-5101 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Memphis College of Art Overton Park 1930 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104-5101 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Comic Arts Request Information
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Minnesota State University Moorhead 1104 Seventh Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Montclair State University 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 7043 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Animation/Illustration Request Information
Moore College of Art and Design 20th and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
New Hampshire Institute of Art - Manchester Campus 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 3104 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Certificate in Illustration Request Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Certificate in Illustration Request Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Certificate in Illustration Request Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 204 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608-0059 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Associate of Occupational Studies - Illustration Request Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Ringling College of Art and Design 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Medical Illustration Request Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603 Master of Fine Arts - Medical Illustration Request Information
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 1600 Pierce Street, Denver, CO 80214 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 1600 Pierce Street, Denver, CO 80214 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustrative Design Request Information
Saint John's University 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115-9975 Certificate in Illustration in Continuing Education Request Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Cartooning Request Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration as Visual Essay Request Information
State University of New York, Fredonia 280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Animation and Illustration Request Information
Syracuse University 323 Hall of Languages, Syracuse, NY 13244 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Syracuse University 323 Hall of Languages, Syracuse, NY 13244 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Tyler School of Art - Philadelphia Campus 2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 Master of Fine Arts - Illustration (Low Residency) Request Information
University of Kansas 1465 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration and Animation Request Information
University of New Haven, Lyme Academy College Of Fine Arts 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 6371 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
University of Oregon 511 Northwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97209 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information
Watkins College of Art, Design and Film 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration Request Information

What Are Illustration Schools?

Illustration schools are educational facilities that offer training and education in drawing and illustration. These types of art schools allow students to hone their existing talents and learn new drawing techniques. Although it isn’t always necessary, an illustration school can help prepare artists for satisfying careers in illustration.

In today’s modern world, teeming with technology and computers, finding a true illustration job can be rather difficult. Many illustrators have been replaced by computer imaging programs, which are much faster at churning out graphics. Computer imaging programs lack some very important things, however, such as passion and originality.

Because there are so few illustrator jobs available, this is a very competitive field. Only the most talented will usually be able to make a decent living at illustrating. This is where illustration schools come in handy. They allow students to develop and improve their talents, making them invaluable assets for the right employers.

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What Are the Different Types of Illustration Schools?

Reputable and accredited illustration schools typically aren’t true schools in the traditional sense. Most are generally “schools within schools”, meaning that they are just parts of larger educational facilities. Some traditional universities and colleges, for instance, have art departments that offer drawing or illustration degrees.

The majority of students who are pursuing illustration careers, however, will usually attend art institutes. These types of schools usually offer excellent illustration degree programs, and they are more focused on turning out graduates who are serious about illustration careers. The classes in art schools are often taught by professional, passionate, and successful artists who are very familiar with working in the art industry. Art institutes also enable students to connect with and learn alongside other passionate artists who share similar goals and interests.

Modern technology can be very useful when it comes to becoming a traditional illustrator. Some illustration schools, for example, offer degree programs online. These enable students to earn degrees in illustration in their own time while still attending to important obligations, like families and jobs.

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What Are the Requirements for Illustration Schools?

Obviously, talent is the number one requirement for being accepted at an illustration school. Individuals who wish to attend these schools should be able to draw relatively well.

Future illustration school students should also take drawing, illustration, and art classes while attending high school. If these are not available, they should take private drawing classes or tutoring.

An impressive portfolio is also usually another common requirement for most illustration schools. Illustrators’ portfolios usually consist of the best pieces of their artwork. Many schools will require several different types of drawings. Some may prefer tangible portfolios drawn on paper, while others may prefer scanned digital copies of applicants’ artwork. The portfolio requirements will vary, depending on the school, however, so it is important to check the requirements of each school you apply to and follow the directions precisely.

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What Are the Different Degrees Offered by Illustration Schools?

Illustration schools might offer a few different types of certificates or degrees. A few schools, for instance, offer certificate programs in illustration. These usually take a year or less to complete, and they only cover the basics of illustration.

Associate in Art and Bachelor in Art degree programs are more common, however, and these usually take two and four years to complete, respectively. These types of illustration degrees typically cover more in depth aspects of this field. Online illustration programs are available as well.

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What Are Some Courses Offered By Illustration Schools?

Not surprisingly, illustration school students will take a number of courses in drawing and illustration. They will take courses in drawing techniques and mediums, for instance. They will also learn to use several different types of drawing tools, such as pencils, pens, pastels, and charcoal. Aspiring illustrators will also learn about the different types of paper used for drawing and how to preserve illustrations when they are complete.

Depending on an illustrator’s career goals, most illustration schools also offer courses in several different types of drawing. This can include courses in portrait drawing, landscape drawing, and life drawing. Some careers might also require special courses as well. Medical illustrators, for instance, will often need to take several anatomy, medical, and science courses.

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What Are the Different Types of Illustration Careers?

Although it may seem extremely difficult, there are illustration jobs to be found. You just need to know where to look.

Publishing houses and magazines often hire illustrators to create drawings and graphics for books and magazines, for instance. Hospitals and medical journals also often hire illustrators to create medical illustrations and diagrams that are easy for people to comprehend. Illustrators with interesting senses of humor can work as cartoonists or comic book artists.

The majority of illustrators, however, work as freelancers. Some may draw portraits of people on the street or at craft fairs, and a few select few may have their artwork displayed in museums and art galleries. Authors will also often hire freelance illustrators to create artwork for their books, especially children’s books.

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Do I Need a Degree From an Illustration School?

A degree from an accredited illustration school is not always required, but it certainly can’t hurt. As mentioned above, the illustration field today is extremely competitive, especially considering many illustrators have been replaced by computer software.

Illustration schools enable students to hone their skills and work on strengthening their weaknesses in this area. By doing so, many illustration school graduates will have a better chance of securing illustration jobs and pursuing satisfying careers in this field.

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