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Through the University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art, Emphasis in Illustration, students develop their creative talents and technical skills to become illustrators.
Students master creative problem solving, as well as conceptual and aesthetic judgment through instruction from highly experienced faculty and guided hands-on experience in studios and laboratories.
Traditional and Electronic Media
The Illustration Emphasis Area stresses mastery of traditional media in drawing and painting, but students are also encouraged to use 3D media when the idea warrants this approach. Students also learn to use the computer as an art tool.
In early program area classes Illustration majors follow the same path as Graphic Design majors, allowing them to learn basic graphic design skills that make intensive use of the computer. In this way students come to better understand how the illustrator’s job relates to that of the graphic designer and the teamwork that is an important part of work in both fields.
There are career opportunities available globally and for a wide range of salaries. Typical kinds of work assignments include illustration executed for magazines, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, advertising, book jackets, CD covers, posters, etc. The Illustration program has kept up with a changing industry and graduates hold fulfilling employment across the nation and in many foreign countries. Because of this, UCM’s program continues to grow in both numbers and quality. The combination of talent, motivation, program content, and excellent instruction continues to serve our Illustration art students’ career objectives well.
State-of-the Art Facilities
For their work using electronic technology, students utilize labs containing up-to-date Macintosh computers, software, scanners, printers and other peripherals that are standard in their career field.