Illustration BFA

Program Purpose


The objective of the Illustration BFA program is to prepare students to succeed in the competitive world of professional illustration as effective communicators and visual problem solvers. Emphasis in the Illustration program is placed on learning the skills necessary to compete in the changing illustration markets and contribute to a variety of mass media forms. Competency is required in the areas of creativity, design, drawing, painting, media skills, and illustration history, as well as understanding and rendering the human form and landscape. Classroom projects vary from simple skill-oriented problems to complex market-focused illustrations that simulate actual assignments. Additionally, students interested in concept design learn basic 2D programs and processes and high-end 3D animation programs.

Learning Outcomes


Illustration Development and Concept

Students will be able to create marketable illustrations incorporating concept, rough sketches, color comps, and finished art as well as effectively communicate story concept.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 131 DESIL 145 DESIL 251 DESIL 310 DESIL 350R DESIL 351 DESIL 352 DESIL 353 DESIL 355 DESIL 356 DESIL 357 DESIL 358 DESIL 410 DESIL 451 DESIL 452 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 488 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R VAILL 350R VAILL 494R VAILL 497R VAILL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Skill and Concept Mastery

Students will be able to demonstrate a mastery of life drawing based on deep observation and a clear understanding of anatomy, proportion, movement, balance, foreshortened perspective, a high degree of three-dimensional structure through application of Chiaroscuro (soft form and hard edged cast shadows), composition, and drapery (folds).

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 131 DESIL 145 DESIL 210 DESIL 250 DESIL 251 DESIL 310 DESIL 350R DESIL 351 DESIL 353 DESIL 357 DESIL 358 DESIL 410 DESIL 450R DESIL 452 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R VADES 410R VAILL 350R VAILL 450R VAILL 494R VAILL 497R VAILL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Medium Proficiency

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one of the illustration mediums studied, including oil, acrylics, gouache, or digital.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 131 DESIL 145 DESIL 210 DESIL 250 DESIL 251 DESIL 310 DESIL 350R DESIL 351 DESIL 352 DESIL 353 DESIL 357 DESIL 410 DESIL 450R DESIL 451 DESIL 452 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R VAILL 350R VAILL 450R VAILL 494R VAILL 497R VAILL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Symbolic Image Development and Analysis

Students will be able to analyze and develop visual images based on conceptual (symbolic) illustration solutions.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 210 DESIL 310 DESIL 351 DESIL 352 DESIL 353 DESIL 358 DESIL 450R DESIL 451 DESIL 452 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R VAILL 450R VAILL 494R VAILL 497R VAILL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Literal Image Development and Analysis

Students will be able to analyze and develop visual images based on narrative (literal) illustration solutions.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 131 DESIL 145 DESIL 210 DESIL 250 DESIL 351 DESIL 352 DESIL 353 DESIL 358 DESIL 451 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R VAILL 494R VAILL 497R VAILL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Design Practice and Theory

Students will be able to develop deep theoretical and practical understanding of design.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 131 DESIL 145 DESIL 210 DESIL 250 DESIL 251 DESIL 310 DESIL 350R DESIL 351 DESIL 352 DESIL 353 DESIL 355 DESIL 356 DESIL 357 DESIL 358 DESIL 410 DESIL 450R DESIL 451 DESIL 452 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 488 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R VADES 410R VAILL 350R VAILL 450R VAILL 494R VAILL 497R VAILL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Human knowledge
Markets and Business

Students will be able to have a deeper understanding of the commercial and business practices of illustration.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 210 DESIL 251 DESIL 310 DESIL 353 DESIL 357 DESIL 358 DESIL 410 DESIL 451 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 488 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Human knowledge, Competence, Lifelong learning
History and Context

Students will be able to have a functional knowledge of the history of illustration, including its origins in the fine arts and its relationship to written communication.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 131 DESIL 310 DESIL 351 DESIL 352 DESIL 353 DESIL 355 DESIL 356 DESIL 451 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 497R
Linked to BYU Aims: Gospel knowledge, Think soundly, Human knowledge, Lifelong learning
Uplifting Themes

Students will be able to create work that reflects spiritually uplifting themes.

Courses that Contribute: DESIL 210 DESIL 310 DESIL 351 DESIL 357 DESIL 410 DESIL 453 DESIL 457 DESIL 458 DESIL 488 DESIL 494R DESIL 497R DESIL 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Gospel knowledge, Character, Lifelong service

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement