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Online Illustration School

Whether your dream is to work on concept art and create unique character designs or to illustrate graphic novels and comic books, Academy of Art University's online illustration school will guide you to a professional future in illustration.

With one of the top programs among illustration schools online, Academy of Art University offers accredited Associates (AA), Bachelors (BFA) and Masters (MFA) degrees as well as continuing art education. Students can pursue their interest in illustration for either Entertainment and Publications & Print media.


Online Illustration Courses. Hands-on Experience.

Classes in Academy of Art University's online illustration school focus on preparing students to make a living doing what they love. Led by instructors who are also respected illustrators in their own right, students develop their craft and learn to market their work in the industry.

In online illustration courses, students create illustrations in a variety of media, using everything from pencil and paint to the latest in digital technology to bring their ideas to life. Classes focus on value, color, form, shape, structure and composition to create characters, creatures, backgrounds and more.

The online illustration college provides students with the tools needed for a career in illustration. In addition to developing artistic ability and style, courses offer insight into the business aspects of being an illustrator, including licensing and product lines among others.

Online Illustration Courses include:

  • Traditional Illustration
  • Digital Illustration
  • Visual Development and Concept Art
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fantasy Illustration
  • Sequential Art and Comic Book Art
  • Children's Book and Book Covers
  • Graphic Design Illustration
  • Animal Illustration
    • Creature Design
    • Wildlife Illustration
    • Fantasy Life Drawing
    • Fantasy Creature Drawing
  • Character Design
    • Character Drawing
    • Cartooning
  • And more!

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Professional Illustration Opportunities

With an eye to launching careers, the online illustration school prepares students for rewarding futures. Academy of Art University's online illustration school boasts a faculty of working illustrators and close connections to the industry. Graduates have gone on to work for top companies such as Marvel, Rolling Stone, Pixar and more.

Students in the School of Illustration complete projects for real-world clients. Collaborating with students from other departments, illustration students work to create original illustrations for advertisements, animation storyboards, packaging designs and more.

Drawing creative professionals from some of the best companies across the country, Academy of Art University's Spring Show exhibits the new talent and fresh artwork of students. Students get incredible exposure for their work while still in school. The Spring Show enables students in the illustration school online to interview with recruiters at companies like Dark Horse Comics, American Greetings and Walt Disney Company among others.

Careers for graduates of the illustration school online include:

  • Illustrator in Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Editorial
  • Comic Book Artist
  • Graphic Novel
  • Concept Art and Visual Development
  • Greeting Cards and Paper Goods
  • Children's Book Artist
  • And more!

One-of-a-Kind Online Illustration School Program

A completely unique experience, Academy of Art University's online illustration college programs fuse detailed demonstration videos with live chats. Each class provides students the same level of insight and attention from faculty they would receive in a classroom. Interacting with instructors and peers, students engage in projects that offer the best practical experience in illustration.

View a Demonstration of Online Classes

Academy of Art University guides students to achieve their full creative potential, whether they take classes online or in San Francisco. In world-class online illustration courses led by nationally recognized illustrators, students develop their talent and create a personal style that captures the interest of the creative marketplace. Academy of Art University's Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree and continuing art education programs in the illustration school online equip students for rewarding professional futures.


Online Illustration School Programs

  • Associate of Arts in Illustration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
  • Master of Fine Arts in Illustration

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Accreditation Info

Degree programs in Academy of Art University's online illustration school are accredited. Learn more.

Online Illustration School
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