When words aren’t enough, you complete the picture.

You have creative talent—and you’ll take it to the next level in our top-ranked Illustration program. Here, you’ll develop the skills you need to communicate ideas and emotions through pictures. You’ll master drawing and rendering techniques and learn how to use new tools, guided by faculty members who have active creative practices in illustration.

As a CCAD student, you’ll learn how to breathe life into character designs, craft attention-grabbing motion graphics, create out-of-this-world 3D objects, and much more. You’ll graduate prepared for what you want to do next, whether that’s writing and illustrating your own books, creating eye-catching prints and posters, or contributing to the cutting-edge concepts, characters, and worlds that top entertainment companies are looking for.

Course Spotlight

Character and Environment Design

You’ll strengthen your illustrative drawing skills—and your storytelling ability—in this course, which includes character development and storyboards. You’ll do that in part thanks to class assignments that will help you better observe and depict the human figure through drawing (clothed) models.

Illustration First Year Experience

Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Freshman Year - Fall

Course Title
2D Creative Practice
Systems of Drawing
Mod Contemporary or Historical Art History
Writing and the Arts

Freshman Year - Spring

Course Title
Intro to Illustration
Drawing for Entertainment Design
3D Making with Care
History of Comics and Illustration
Liberal Arts Self and Society Course

CCAD Stories

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The ink had barely dried on their diplomas when Wes Talbott (Illustration, 2013) and Lillie Talbott (Advertising & Graphic Design, 2013) upped and moved to Billund, Denmark, where Wes had been offered a position with childhood toy favorite LEGO Group.
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They may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound (let’s leave the Superman antics to the Man of Steel himself), but a group of CCAD students recently played superhero for some young artists in the making.

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