Illustration fuses personal vision and rigorous professional practice to help students build the responsive skill set required to flourish in a variety of creative markets. Powerful imagemakers and skilled visual storytellers, illustrators create work for a highly diverse marketplace including animated films, computer gaming, picture book and comics publishing, visual journalism, surface design, apparel and fashion, and product design. 

Our program combines development of technical skill in traditional studio media and new and emerging technologies with conceptual inquiry to empower you to create visual messages capable of engaging clients and changing culture.

Above all, you will use these skills to generate powerful, culturally relevant ideas; create never-before-seen worlds and characters; and craft new narratives—all communicated in your uniquely dynamic and distinct visual language. 

Learn more about the current students and faculty of the Illustration program on the Illustration Tumblr site.

Martin French


Martin French’s images have won awards of excellence from American Illustration, Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, Graphis, The Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Designers, Spectrum, The Art Directors Club of New York, Print, and 3×3. He has received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. In 2014 and 2016, Martin was selected for Lüerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide.

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Professional Development

  • Unique mentorship programs which hones individual students skill sets for application to the contemporary illustration marketplace
  • Professional practices instruction
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Internships for seniors and recent graduates at companies like Nike, Wieden+Kennedy, Microsoft, Dark Horse Comics, and Nintendo

Each year, the Illustration department hosts an end-of-year showcase of student work at a downtown gallery. Photo by Kaija Cornett ‘12.

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