Take a look at titles and descriptions for the Illustration Practice program's courses offered.

ILP 5500 Critical Seminar I

Gather first-year graduate students together each week to discuss theoretical and historical readings on and related to illustration within social, political, technological and cultural contexts. Course requirements include but are not limited to research, analysis, and writing on critical, historic or theoretical issues, and seminar discussions. Occasional field trips are held.

Illustration Practice (MFA) students Only

ILP 5550 Critical Seminar II

Critical Seminar II is a continuation of Critical Seminar I that utilizes the same research, analysis and writing skills learned in Critical Seminar I to develop a semester long curated virtual exhibition of work on or related to illustration. Occasional field trips are held.

Prerequisite: ILP 5500

ILP 5600 MFA Studio I

Students work on assigned and independent projects with program faculty and workshop leaders. In Studio I, students complete specific workshops and assigned projects as "reaction" pieces. The projects deal with material use and production as it relates to concepts and communication. Students will also engage with the marketplace in both semesters. These marketplace experience requires students to conceive, fabricate and sell unique artist products, learning about branding, writing creative briefs, and the reaction of the public to their original concepts and products. In Studio II, students will continue with workshops and conclude the semester with a one month long self-directed project to explore ideas leading toward their 2nd year thesis project. Guest critics provide feedback at the end of each semester. In MFA Studio I & II, students identify shared and individual vocabularies and interests.

Illustration Practice (MFA) students Only

ILP 5650 MFA Studio II

Students will work on assigned and independent projects with Program faculty and workshop leaders. In Studio I, students complete specific workshops and assigned projects as "reaction" pieces. The projects deal with material use and production as it relates to concepts and communication. Students will also engage with the marketplace in both semesters. These marketplace experience requires students to conceive, fabricate and sell unique artist products, learning about branding, writing creative briefs, and the reaction of the public to their original concepts and products. In Studio II, students will continue with workshops and conclude the semester with a one month long self-directed project to explore ideas leading toward their 2nd year thesis project. Guest critics provide feedback at the end of each semester. In MFA Studio I & II, students will identify shared and individual vocabularies and interests.

Prerequisite: ILP 5600

ILP 5716 Drawing Non-Fiction

In recent years, the drawn image has been increasingly preferred over photography – or is used in combination with it – as a medium for documentation, reportage and journalism. Illustrators and artists have taken on the role of journalists by documenting events and experiences, offering both objective and subjective viewpoints on issues. This course is designed to teach students to position themselves as journalists, and guide them in building their drawing practice in combination with writing, as a way to develop non-fiction narratives rooted in reportage and opinion. Students will be introduced to examples from visual journalism in historical and contemporary journalistic practices, that are sequential (comics, graphic novels, animation, zines, booklets)and non-sequential (political cartoons, editorial illustrations), and will be encouraged to experiment with these formats. The course will also introduce students to basic layout design and a functional understanding of production formats in order to equip them with the skills required to compile their narratives for print or web.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (all programs)

ILP 5728 Grad Remix

Grad Remix is a rotating set of material-based studio courses for graduate students. Topics may include Virtual Reality for Illustrators and Creating the GIF.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (all programs)

ILP 5800 MFA Thesis I

During the second year, the major focus of student work will be on the production of a Thesis Project. Students will have articulated the goals of their research at the close of the first year. Students will work independently, meeting with faculty and outside mentors at regular intervals, and participating in group and individual critiques with visiting artists. Their Thesis will be in the form of a body of work and be formalized through a case study document that articulates their core thesis idea with words and images, and document their process.

Prerequisite: ILP 5650

ILP 5850 MFA Thesis II

MFA Thesis II is a continuation of MFA Thesis I. Students continue developing and finalizing their Thesis Project, as well as develop an exhibition of their Thesis for Grad Show 2. By the end of the Spring term, the student's Thesis Project is completed and formalized into a case study document that articulates their core thesis idea, process of development and self-analysis with words and images. Professional documents such as promotional cards, website and client contacts list are expected.

Prerequisite: ILP 5800

ILP 5860 Thesis Formats

This course runs in parallel to MFA Thesis II and prepares students to produce the Grad Show exhibition installation, creation of the terminal degree Thesis Book, creating a website, promotional materials and contacts list appropriate to the student’s expressed interests as illustrators. Content produced in this course will directly be used as part of the final Thesis Presentation.

Prerequisite: ILP 5800 Co-requisite: ILP 5850