Course Description

Illustration is an evocative form of visual communication. In this studio course, students will examine a wide range of creative approaches that give visual form to abstract concepts and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on rigorous brainstorming, matching form to content, non-literal thinking and risk-taking. Students will be introduced to the fundamental theories and practices in the field of contemporary illustration. Students will examine posters, maps, packaging, folding toys, book covers, magazine layouts, and more. Work will be executed in an array of media including gouache, acrylic paint, conte, colored pencil, pen and ink and watercolor. Studio work will be supported by technical demonstrations, slide presentations, and critique. Students are encouraged to bring work samples to the first class. 


  • Demonstrate a variety of professional paths an illustrator might take,
  • Experiment with a range of materials and techniques,
  • Develop visual thinking processes and methods to respond to creative briefs as an illustrator,
  • Implement visual research to explore and generate ideas,
  • Familiarize with drawing, mark-making, and image-making skills to develop an illustration practice,
  • Obtain critical and contextual perspectives of illustration and reflected on their processes.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Illustration Essentials
Sep 24, 2024 to Nov 04, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $500.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
Required Software/Supplies
Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.
Section Notes

Course Supply List

Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. Learn more about what to expect in an online course at OCAD U.

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