Explore how illustration can challenge presumptions and offer new perspectives
All our majors commence upon completion of our Foundation Year requirements.
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 Faculty of Art 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.
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.
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.
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