Illustration HeroStephen Stark

Illustration: the gateway to several dynamic career fields

Computers can’t do everything. They make great tools, but you need to know how to engage readers and tell a story through your work. Illustration is the springboard for a variety of art and design occupations, and can be especially valuable for those pursuing careers in comic books, publishing, journalism, courtroom art, animation and gaming. Our program can help you produce top-of-the-line illustrations that convey ideas, solve problems, tell stories and express points of view. Develop an artistic style all your own, and learn technical skills to enhance your work.

What Sets Us Apart?

Traditional, Digital and “Tradigital” Curriculum
Illustration students graduate with a solid knowledge of the traditional methods of illustration, the newer digital trends and also the understanding of how traditional media translates into the digital illustration workflow process – “tradigital”.

Senior Studios
The Illustration senior studio courses mirror a professional working illustrator’s environment. Students take ownership of their self-initiated projects, but also have their faculty available for guidance and instruction. The openness of these courses provides students the ability to view other students’ work and encourages healthy competition. It also helps students focus in on and fine-tune their concepts and ideas, better preparing them for the professional world.

The department has countless contacts within the industry due to its impressive number of faculty actively working as freelance illustrators, creative directors, art directors, concept artists, storyboard artists, Web designers, consultants and comic book artists. Students regularly have the opportunity to meet key industry players.

Representative Career Choices

Advertising Illustrator
Editorial Illustrator
Fashion Illustrator
Merchandising Illustrator
Conceptual Illustrator for Video Games / Film
Visual Development Illustrator
Character and Environment Artist / Illustrator
Storyboard Artist
Children’s Book Illustrator
Comic book / Graphic Novel Illustrator
Educator (art teacher)
Textile Pattern Illustrator
Motion Illustrator / Designer
Digital Matte Illustrator (painter)
Digital Photo Illustrator
Gallery Artist / Illustrator

Contact Us

Illustration Department
T. 313.664.7602
F. 313.664.7988

Department Chair
Don Kilpatrick
T. 313.664.7603

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Previous Internships

Fields that value clear communication need illustrators.

Ann Arbor Art Association
Armstrong White
Avanti Press
Ball Aerospace
Butler, Shine, Stern & Patners
Campbell Ewald
Cartoon Network
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Detroit Artists Market
The Detroit Mercantile Co

Diane von Furstenberg
Dianne O
Disney Consumer Products
Doner Advertising
Esperanza Spaulding
Fisher Price
Gemela Design LLC
Grand Rapids Symphony
Group eX
Hour Media
Insomniac Games

Jean Bartlett (ARTIST)
Kitchen Direct
Maxsar Digital Studios
MetroParent Publishing
Midway Amusement Games LLC
Mister Wonderful
Murals n More
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Fine Art
Mattel Inc.
Patricia Field
Ray Villafane

Reader's Digest
Root Learning
Skidmore Studios
Spark Communications
Team Detroit
Terrance Sullivan
The Rockhouse
WJBK Fox 2 News

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