Illustration Major

  • Intro

    Illustration opens minds.

    Explore how illustration can challenge presumptions and offer new perspectives

    In the rapidly changing art and design landscape, Illustration is a key form of visual communication. Illustrators need the ability to think critically and innovatively, and must have the versatility and the dexterity to engage diverse audiences in a variety of contexts. Our illustration courses explore varied technical approaches and a broad range of pictorial strategies, while cultivating the ability to collaborate and adapt to diverse opportunities, from contemporary art exhibitions to careers in mass-media.

    Our program views all forms of illustration, from editorial to narrative, as opportunities for cultural inquiry. The position of Illustration within the Audain School of Visual Art and Material Practice underscores the potential of the practice to challenge prevailing conventions, ethics and expectations. By firmly situating illustration practice in contemporary art culture, students are encouraged to question rather than follow, and to seek out new possibilities in the professional field.

  • Pathways

    You will join a highly skilled community of illustrators and creative practitioners, possessing the knowledge and portfolio to enter the commercial and creative sectors.

    Inspiring job titles of our graduates

    Comic Book Illustrator, Concept Artist, Interior Designer, Costume Designer, Project Coordinator, Owner/Designer, Illustration Historian, Project Specialist, Mural Artist

    Dynamic employers that have recruited our graduates

    Radical Entertainment, Noise Digital, PwC, West Elm Market, Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Nerdcorps Entertainment, Klei Entertainment, The Georgia Straight, City of Vancouver

  • Program

    After first year Foundation studies at Emily Carr, you will apply to enter the Illustration Major in your second year.

    Your studies will focus steadily in this field over the last three years of your four year degree. Upon completion you will achieve the undergraduate degree and designation, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Majoring in Illustration (BFA, Illustration). See the Admissions section about application information for undergraduate, international, transfer, and aboriginal students.

    Most courses you will take are worth three credits. 129 credits are required to complete your degree.


  • Aims

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration program develops you to become a creative citizen of the visual arts community through conceptual, critical, cultural, practice-oriented, and career-focused education.

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration Major aims to:

    • equip students with the necessary critical, theoretical, research, and studio practices to become engaged citizens through the fine art of illustration;
    • impart advanced knowledge of illustration practice, application, and exhibition within visual arts culture;
    • foster conceptual and technical knowledge through a studio-based education reflecting the diversity and complexity of the illustration genre;
    • prepare students with a contextual understanding of illustration as an art and a skill within the creative and commercial sectors so you may enter these competitive knowledge-based economies;
    • foster a dynamic illustration and communications culture and community within Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada, as well as strengthen it regionally and globally.

    drawing, painting, design, illustration, materials, techniques, interdisciplinary practice, mediums, editorial illustration, digital illustration, display, packaging, graphic novel, character design, fashion, book illustration, visual literacy, studio culture, foundation studies, real world context, sustainable practices, community engagement, minors, concept + ideation, visual arts research + methods


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