ILUS 305 F031: Illustration Genres: Topic

This course varies in topic from section to section, and is repeatable for 3 credits so long as the thematic topic has changed. As a diverse field that spans print, screen, objects and environments both physical and virtual, Illustration increasingly necessitates the ability to adapt. The topics and thematics offered on this course are designed to expose students to a range of unique approaches to illustration practiced within the field. Students will engage in problem solving and debate, research and experimentation. Topics and thematics have included: Allegory, Botanical Illustration, Children's Books, Concept Design, Comics, Editorial, Food, Illustrating Literature and Illustration Design, Sci-Fi, etc.

Each section of this course runs with a different topic. See here.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

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Topic: Children’s Books

Children's book illustration is a multifaceted genre, with topics spanning historical biographies to fairy tales, merging character design with imagination and world-building. In this class, through an emphasis on critique and analyzing successful works in a range of visual styles, you will develop a portfolio of images for a career in books. With practical workshops on how a picture book is designed and made, what you need for a pitch, the business side of publishing, and the discourse of the industry, you will also leave this class prepared to work with an editor or publisher. Other topics will encompass book covers (including middle grade), graphic novels for young readers, how to search for an agent, and other relevant subjects. Assignments will include (but are not limited to) re-imagining classics, making a sample book-dummy, and designing a book cover.


Completion of 54 credits

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HYBRID course.
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
W C4245 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18