ILUS 306 F091: Illustration Practices: Topic

This course varies in topic from section to section, and is repeatable for 6 credits so long as the topic has changed. Students respond to the specific cultural context and the unique practical concerns of a specific area of exploration within illustration. This course will integrate a specialized understanding of professional context with an investigation of the social and cultural connotations of form and content. A priority of the class will be to cultivate discourse and criticality in relation to the material that is presented. Studio exploration will be examined in relation to visual culture and cultural criticism. Topics and themes might include: Graphic Novel, Children's Book, Surface Pattern, Sci-Fi, Humour.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

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

Course content: 

Topic: Illustration in the Digital Age

In this topics course, Illustration in the Digital Age, we will be addressing the rising use of digital technologies in modern day illustration. Assignments in this course will utilize digital applications like Photoshop and ProCreate as a primary media, and explore how they can be combined with traditional "analog” media. Critical discourse on the use of digital applications will help students navigate the benefits to workflow, and the consequences of its efficiency. Short-deadline “rush” projects will challenge students to match the pace of professional freelance illustration, and explore concept art, character design, comics and graphic novels, editorial illustration, and publication. An intermediate knowledge and access to digital applications is necessary for this course.


Completion of 51 credits

Course outline
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ONLINE course.
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
Sep 7-Dec 18