As an Illustration major, you’ll develop creative storytelling talents while honing your skills in drawing, painting, design, and research. You will enjoy a variety of studio courses and become familiar with multiple medias. Alumni of the program are successful in such areas as illustration for children’s books, graphic novels, newspaper and magazine publishing, greeting cards, licensing, and advertising, as well as visual development in animated films, television, and the video game industry.

Sample Courses

Core studio coursework include drawing, painting, and digital illustration. Sample courses include:

  • Animation
  • Computer Art
  • Illustration Concept
  • Electronic Illustration
  • Illustration Communication

Practical Experience

The Illustration program also offers learning opportunities outside the classroom to help students explore and find their forte in the art industry.

  • Participate in an Art in New York City, MAYmester course.
  • Contribute original illustrations to on-campus 360 Degrees, Jerk or Perception
  • Enter your work in the annual National Society of Illustrators student competition.
  • Attend the University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.

Study Abroad

Challenge your perspective and build your resume with a study abroad experience during your four years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad boasts more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Illustration students most often go abroad in Florence, Italy.

Learn more about Global Study Opportunities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in Illustration you can enjoy a career as a:

  • Print Illustrator
  • Graphic Novelist
  • Creative Director
  • Video Game Developer
  • Animation Illustrator

Or, continue your education and earn a graduate degree in areas such as art leadership, business, or art education. Recent graduates have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about Illustration.