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Elise Haines
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Illustration is visual storytelling that reflects and serves culture with the power to inform and enlighten diverse audiences where they live, work and play. Through advertising, animation, books, and games, the art is ever-present throughout our lives. And in our increasingly visual world, the demand for illustration has never been greater.

Our Approach

Belmont University’s Illustration BFA major focuses on developing your creative hand and your inventive mind. The studio-based program provides the ideal path for students seeking an intense visual storytelling education with an entrepreneurial focus. Students will learn effective strategies for illustrating for diverse markets while demonstrating fluency in traditional and digital media.

Class content includes:

  • Visual Literacy and The Illustration Process
  • Graphic Design and Typography
  • Conceptual and Technical Development
  • Professional Development
  • Service Learning 

How it Works

The multidisciplinary Illustration major exists in complete harmony with the other BFA programs at Belmont, distinguishing itself with its mission to educate illustrators with competitive graphic design skills. Students have access to sophisticated computer labs with current software and hardware, 3D printers and more, as well as fully-equipped drawing, painting, photography and printmaking labs. Students will graduate with entry level, professional-quality portfolios, prepared to launch their illustration careers.

Examples of projects in the Illustration BFA major:

  • Advertising Illustration
  • Art Licensing & Surface Design
  • Book Illustration & Sequential Art
  • Character Design & Development
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Illustration Design
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