Illustration + Design
The Illustration + Design (ID) emphasis area combines authorship and artistic expression with the responsibility of communication and visual problem solving to prepare students for the profession. The sequence of courses fosters a balance between theory, history, craft, critical thinking, and technology.
Students graduate prepared to practice professions in illustration, design, or art with an understanding of the complex profession, as a medium of critical inquiry and a vehicle for community involvement. With a high quality portfolio and web presence, students are also mentored and prepared to apply to MFA programs.
The School of Art and Illustration + Design regularly host internationally known artists, designers, illustrators, and alumni to participate with the graduate students in workshops and studio critiques.
Students have many opportunities to gain experience through a wide range of internships and opportunities to participate in study abroad programs.
The ID faculty represents diverse and innovative practices in design, illustration, book arts, animation and motion graphics, information graphics art, and interdisciplinary collaborations with the social and natural sciences, which are reflected in a broad array of curricular actives and opportunities.
Student animation work can be found here: https://vimeo.com/user27476192
Miles Fujimoto, Animation
The School of Art houses excellent facilities including studio spaces, computer labs with Wacom Cintiq Touch screens and animation stations, a digital imaging lab with large format printing, mounting and other services, letterpress equipment, photopolymer platemaking equipment, metal and wood type collections, binding equipment, darkrooms, wood and metal shops, sculpture foundry, ceramics labs, and external resources such as: the Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Poetry Center as well as an excellent library that houses an extensive book art collection. The campus also houses the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive and the extensive Children’s Literature Collection.
Visit our Resources & Facilities page to learn more about the excellent facilities available for instruction in Illustration + Design.
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student chapter
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Book Art Collective
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UA Illustration + Design News
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College Book Arts Association
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MCC | Modern Creative Collective
Also known as the UA Adobe club, it is for all students, graduate and undergraduate, interested in art, design, and creative processes. Club meetings are social and educational. Visit us on Facebook.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Illustration + Design Emphasis
- Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Illustration + Design Emphasis
Contact an academic advisor or set up an advising appointment to learn more about School of Art programs and admissions
Spring 2017 Undergraduate Illustration + Design Portfolio Review
Wednesday, March 8 in ART 205
This annual Spring Portfolio Review accepts 18-22 students in the Illustration track and 18-22 students in the Design track. We also work with students interested in both illustration and design on an individual basis upon acceptance to one of the tracks.
- Have taken the majority of your First Year Experience (FYE) classes.
- Have taken or are currently enrolled in Art 265 and/or Art 266. It is best to take at least one of these classes in the Fall before the review. But there is no penalty for going through the review multiple times. So you should apply even if both required classes are being taken during the review semester. (Transfer students should make sure they have had the equivalent of Art 265/266. Check with the Division Chair to confirm).
- Complete your Visual Assignment (see below).
- Submit 10-12 art works in your portfolio. The Visual Assignment counts as one of these pieces.
Portfolio Review Procedures
- Red Wallet Portfolios and applications can be picked up in Art Advising starting 2 weeks before the review date.
- Portfolios and applications can be dropped off between 9:00 and 9:45 the morning of the review in ART 205.
- Portfolios will be ready for pick up between 4:00-5:00 p.m. that same day. If you are unable to pick up your portfolio, the room will be safely locked until the next morning when you may pick it up anytime after 8:00 a.m.
- Information on acceptance and advising times will be posted the day of the review.
Portfolio Review Guidelines
- 10-12 pieces of work including the Portfolio Review Visual Assignment (see below). The answer to the assignment should be the first piece of your portfolio. Other work should include projects from Art 265 and Art 266, but may be supplemented with work from other studio areas including self-initiated work. Transfer students should include work from transferred courses.
- All work should be housed in one 17 x 22 or 24 x 36 inch Red Wallet Portfolio which will be provided to applicants two weeks before the review.
- Fill out the application form and attach to the outside of your portfolio.
- One original oversized piece may be submitted without being housed in the portfolio, but a mounted reproduction should also be included inside the portfolio. There will be a designated place for oversized pieces set up the day of the review.
- Other 3D, large, or heavy works should be photographed and reproduced digitally. Mount digital images on 16 x 20 inch solid black mat board. Photography should be clean, well lit and clearly document the work. No more than 3 photos per piece including detail shots.
- Original Illustration work is traditionally window matted. Digital output, including reproductions of Illustrations and computer generated design work, should be flush mounted and trimmed to size OR float mounted allowing equal space top and sides with slightly more space at bottom.
- Motion and Web design pieces can also be shown. Print still(s) or screen captures of the work and include a URL link where the work can be viewed online. You may post using YouTube, Vimeo, or any other free hosting services. If the design is not live online you may choose to print several screen captures on one 16 x 20 inch mat board that gives a good overview of the Website design, story, or video, etc. No CDs please.
Evaluation, Acceptance, and Advising
- Portfolios will be evaluated in terms of the applicant’s level of conceptual and technical skills, understanding of composition and form, extent of experimentation and innovation, as well as effort and commitment.
The Visual Assignment
Respond to either Mark Stand’s The Garden or his companion poems 2002 and 2032. Approaches to answering this assignment and medium(s) are open but the original art must fit inside your 24 x 36 inch portfolio following the above guidelines for presentation. Solutions may consider but are not limited to:
- Typographic Composition
- Sequential Narrative
It shines in the garden,
in the white foliage of the chestnut tree,
in the brim of my fathers hat
as he walks on the gravel.
In the garden suspended in time
my mother sits in a redwood chair:
light fills the sky,
the folds of her dress,
the roses tangled beside her.
And when my father bends
to whisper in her ear,
when they rise to leave
and the swallows dart
and the moon and stars
have drifted off together, it shines.
Even as you lean over this page,
late and alone, it shines: even now
in the moment before it disappears.
– Mark Strand, from Selected Poems
I am not I am not thinking of Death, but Death is thinking of me.
He leans back in his chair, rubs his hands, strokes
His beard and says, “I’m thinking of Strand, I’m thinking
That one of these days I’ll be out back, swinging my scythe
Or holding my hourglass up to the moon, and Strand will appear
In a jacket and tie, and together under the boulevards’
Leafless trees we’ll stroll into the city of souls. And when
We get to the Great Piazza with its marble mansions, the crowd
That had been waiting there will welcome us with delirious cries,
And their tears, turned hard and cold as glass from having been
Held back so long, will fall, and clatter on the stones below.
O let it be soon. Let it be soon.”
It is evening in the town of X
where Death, who used to love me, sits
in a limo with a blanket spread across his thighs,
waiting for his driver to appear. His hair
is white, his eyes have gotten small, his cheeks
have lost their luster. He has not swung his scythe
in years, or touched his hourglass. He is waiting
to be driven to the Blue Hotel, the ultimate resort,
where an endless silence fills the lilac-scented air,
and marble fish swim motionless in marble seas,
and where… Where is his driver? Ah, there she is,
coming down the garden steps, in heels, velvet evening gown,
and golden boa, blowing kisses to the trees.
– Mark Strand