"He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet."
~ Joseph Joubert
Illustration is the art of making ideas visible. The profession spans a wide range of applications encompassing graphic novels, visual development for animation and games, children’s books, interactive illustration and anything an illustrator can bring to life.
Given the vast array of opportunities, today’s illustrator must master a multitude of digital and traditional tools and choose the most appropriate technique for the job. Academy of Art University offers an innovative curriculum that blends cutting-edge digital technology with classical training. The Illustration degree program provides a contemporary approach to traditional techniques with an emphasis in drawing, composition and storytelling.
School of Illustration Courses
Illustration courses include The Graphic Novel, Digital Painting, Narrative Illustration and many others. See more.
Learn from top industry professionals in Illustration who work to inspire you and develop your unique talents as you pursue your illustration degree. Learn More.
Get hands-on experience with the latest tools at a cutting-edge Illustration school to create a dynamic body of work that stands out above the rest. Learn More.
News & Success Stories
Be inspired by the successes of Academy alumni and faculty members. See what took them to the top of the industry and earned the acclaim of their peers. Learn More.
Spring Show Portfolio
The Academy of Art University Illustration degree program is like no other. See the student work that can truly be called the best of the best from this year's Spring Show. Learn More.
As an Illustration school student, you will begin your professional career day one. Your illustration degree opens the door to countless opportunities. Learn More.
Firms & Clients Hiring Our Graduates:
Academy of Art University’s School of Illustration graduates have gone on to establish their own businesses and work for clients such as DC and Marvel Comics, Dreamworks, Spin and many others. See more.