The BFA in Illustration focuses on developing drawing skills and their application in a professional environment, including editorial illustration, children's book illustration, web-site development, and character design for animation.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate a  high level of accomplishment with materials related to the graphic arts.
  • Visually present a narrative voice through individual compositions or series.
  • Work within a variety of media to explore editorial or sequential imagery.
  • Develop an editorial voice to support campaigns, storylines, or public initiatives.

Illustration Emphasis

The BFA in Illustration at Daemen College combines the creative process of a fine artist with the problem-solving techniques and communication skills of a commercial designer. Students are taught to brainstorm solutions, generate new ideas, and explore the materials and techniques best suited to present an idea. By graduation, the Illustration student will have experience in editorial, sequential, computer, packaging and storyboard illustration.

Illustration studio courses are supported by substantive drawing instruction, as well as fundamental graphic design concepts. The program's focus on exploration and process prepares students to develop a portfolio to successfully acquire freelance illustration work, or a full-time position in the publishing or digital communications industry.

Faculty

The Illustration faculty work in a variety of professional situations by providing illustrations to magazines, poster campaigns, and websites. Each maintains a freelance career while simultaneously working with students at Daemen in the development of projects and exhibits.

Additional Information

Autumn McGee

Illustration

Originally, I was going to another institution for animation.  I didn’t find myself interested in animation after spending two years studying the field.  I found I had a higher aptitude for Illustration so I looked into surrounding colleges with art programs and found Daemen had the specific concentration I was looking for. READ MORE

For more information, contact Christian Brandjes in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at cbrandje@daemen.edu or 716-839-8463.