OCAD University

Course Calendar

Search Courses

Print-friendly Page

ILLUSTRATION

Communication Design Programs

Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration

In our complex "information age" the need for effective communication has never been greater. Communicating information and ideas, through insightful and compelling words and images, is the primary focus of the Advertising, Graphic Design and Illustration programs.

Our faculty consists of many of Canada's foremost working professionals from these fields, bringing to the classroom knowledge of current industry standards and directions, as well as a passion for design. A structured curriculum ensures the development of skills to support design studio work, where precise and astute strategies, innovative concepts and captivating visuals are realized.

Proficiency in English comprehension and communication is critical in all areas of study in the communications disciplines. Students with less than adequate skills in this area are encouraged to supplement their program with assistance offered through the Writing & Learning Centre.

Please refer to the Design Programs: Introduction.

Illustration

Illustration complements and transcends the written word. Ideas, information and stories are transformed into compelling images that reflect and shape our culture. Newspapers, books, magazines, graphic novels, advertising, CDs, packaging, merchandise, websites, TV, film, gaming and galleries represent some of the venues that employ illustration. Integrating courses in visual problem solving, critical thinking, drawing, traditional and digital media, art and design history, theory and professional practice, the Illustration Program delivers an evolving curriculum in anticipation of changing values, economics and technology.

With a faculty of practising illustrators and scholars, students apply core competencies to open briefs, real world illustration assignments and entrepreneurial proposals that culminate in the completion of a thesis project. The primary objective of this project is the development of an individual communicative artistic voice, evidenced by a professional level portfolio.

An archive of thesis projects may be viewed at http://ocaduillustration.com

Students interested in Concept Illustration are advised to choose from the following expansion studios:

GDES 3B75 Concept Illustration: Characters

GDEX 3B01 Concept Illustration: Environments

GDEX 3B07 Advanced Concept Illustration

GDES 4B09 Animated Illustration

 

Illustration Major Program Guide

All Faculty of Design programs are developed as semester groupings of related courses. In order to be prepared to meet course expectations, students are normally required to complete all core courses in one semester before carrying on to courses in the next semester.  

To meet graduation requirements, students must attain an overall average of 65% or higher for all designated core courses. After the first semester of first year, the minimum pass grade for core courses is 60%.

Note: To meet the learning outcomes of this program, students are required to work from nude male and female figure models in the studio environment.

Note: Students entering first year in this major Program or accessing any of these courses through a minor in 2014/2015 and onward, are included in the Laptop Program, and are required to pay the associated fees for software and support. Any students who entered in 2013/14 and earlier may opt into the Laptop Program, and are required to pay the associated fees for software and support.

All students should refer to Liberal Arts & Sciences for a general outline of the liberal studies degree requirements. For specific liberal studies requirements for your program and year of entry, please refer to "What are liberal studies courses?"

Students who have declared a minor, may use undesignated liberal studies distribution courses and up to 1.5 credits of expansion studios to fulfill minor course requirements and major course requirements at the same time.

 

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT

100 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

ILLU 1B02 Illustrative Concepts 1 (core) 0.5
GDES 1B16 Colour in Context 0.5
 

Please note, when registering, that sections 14, 15, 16 and 17 of this course are delivered entirely online and will not be scheduled in a classroom on a specific day and time.

 

(If English is not your first language, consider enrolling in English Language Pathway, a special offering attached to GDES 1B16 section 7, for ESL students in First Year Design.)


ILLU 1B05
Observational Drawing Principles
0.5
GDES 1B09 Communication Design 1 0.5



Must take VISC 1B02 (and one of ENGL 1B04 or ENGL 1B05 if you don't take one in the winter)
VISC 1B02 Global Visual and Material Culture: Beginnings to 1800 (LST) 0.5

(If all sections of VISC 1B02 in the fall are full, you may take it in the winter.)




ENGL 1B04 The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics (LST)
0.5
or ENGL 1B05 The Essay and the Argument: ESL (English as a Second Language) (LST)



100 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

ILLU 1B03 Illustrative Concepts 2 (core) 0.5
ILLU 1B04 Media Studio: Analogue 0.5
ILLU 1B01 Observational Drawing and Painting 1 0.5



Must take VISC 1B07 (and one of ENGL 1B04 or ENGL 1B05 if you didn't take one in the fall)
VISC 1B07
Global Visual and Material Culture: 1800 to the Present (LST)
0.5

(if all sections of VISC 1B07 in the winter are full, you may take it in the fall.)

 



ENGL 1B04 The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics (LST)
0.5
or ENGL 1B05 The Essay and the Argument: ESL (English as a Second Language) (LST)


200 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Choose one liberal studies course (see recommended list and links at the end of this document) 0.5
     
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy (LST) (if not taken at this time, due to limited space, this course must be completed prior to graduation)
0.5
or  See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences 
Choose one liberal studies course (see recommended list and links at the end of this document)



ILLU 2B04 Illustration 1 (core) 0.5
ILLU 2B12 Observational Drawing and Painting 2
(includes drawing and painting workshop)
0.5
ILLU 2B03 Graphic Design for Illustrators 0.5

200 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES. 

VISD 2B39 Graphic Design History in the Twentieth Century (LST) 0.5
GDES 2B03 Think Tank 1: Awareness (SEM) 0.5
  (GDES 2B03 Think Tank 1: Awareness is required for Illustration students in Year 2 prior to 2015/16. It will be replaced by ILLU 2B14 Contemporary American Illustration (SEM) for Illustration students entering into Year 2 in 2015/16 and onward. ILLU 2B14 is not offered in 2014/15)  
ILLU 2B10 Illustration 2 (core) 0.5
ILLU 2B13 Media Studio: Digital 0.5
ILLU 2B09 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 1 0.5

300 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

VISD 3B21 Illustration and the Rise of Popular Culture (LST) 0.5
ILLU 3B11 Illustration 3 (core) 0.5
ILLU 3B14 Media Studio: Hybrid 0.5
ILLU 3B09 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 2 0.5
Choose one expansion studio from the list provided at the end of this document. 0.5

300 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES. 

See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Choose one liberal studies course (see recommended list and links at the end of this document) 0.5
ILLU 3B12 Illustration 4 (core) 0.5
ILLU 3B10 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 3
(includes drawing and painting workshop)
0.5
 Choose one:   0.5
GDES 3B76  Graphic Novel Illustration  
 or GDES 3B82  Book Illustration  
Choose one expansion studio from the list provided at the end of this document. 0.5

400 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Choose one liberal studies course (see recommended list and links at the end of this document) 0.5
ILLU 4B11 Illustration 5: Thesis (core) 0.5
ILLU 4B14 Professional Practice for Illustrators (SEM) 0.5
ILLU 4B10 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 4
(includes drawing and painting workshop)
0.5
Choose one expansion studio from the list provided at the end of this document. 0.5

400 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.

See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences  Choose one liberal studies course (see recommended list and links at the end of this document) 0.5
ILLU 4B12 Illustration 6: Thesis (core) 0.5
ILLU 4B13 Media Studio: Social
0.5
ILLU 4B09 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 5 0.5
Choose one expansion studio from the list provided below. 0.5


Expansion Studio Courses (subject to being offered):
Advanced Concept Illustration
 
GDES 3B38 Ambient Experience Design  
GDES 4B09 Animated Illustration
GDES 3B10 Art of Presentation
GDES 3B18 Biomimicry 1: Points of Departure  
GDES 3B82 Book Illustration
GDES 3B79 Children's Toy Design and Invention
GDES 3B13 Compelling Experience Design

GDES 3B75 Concept Illustration: Characters  
GDEX 3B01 Concept Illustration: Environments  
GDES 3B68 Design (As) Research (SEM) (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B83 Design Forge (offered summer 2014)
GDES 3C01 Design Study Abroad (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B20 Design with Technology 1  
GDES 3B78 Design with Technology 2  
GDES 3B36 Domestic Ceramics: Exploring the Useful Object  
Editorial & Publication Design: Authorship

Editorial & Publication Design: Contemporary Issues

Editorial & Publication Design: The Book
 
GDEX 3B05 Exhibits That Engage (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B40 Exploration, Insight and Foresight in Design
GDES 3B77 Fibre: Sustainable Fashion and Textiles  
GDES 3B51 Fibre: Wearable Form 1
GDES 3B80 Fibre: Wearable Form 2 (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDEX 3B04 Furniture Construction Methodologies  
GDES 3B15 Furniture Design 1
GDES 3B25 Furniture Design 2  
GDES 3B70 Game Design: Conceptual and Visual Approaches
GDES 3B71 Game Design: Digital Development
GDEX 3B11
Generative Media Design: Making Form with Code
 
GDES 3B11 Graphic Narrative, Animation & Motion
GDES 3B76 Graphic Novel Illustration
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurship
Hip Hop & Convergence Culture (SEM) (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B48 Illustrative Activism
GDES 3B49 Image and Clay: Exploring the Ceramic Surface (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 2B04 Information Visualization 1
GDES 3B85 Information Visualization 2 (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 4B03 Internship (offered during summer)  
GDEX 3B03 Introduction to Design Management  
GDES 3B84 Introduction to Photography
GDEX 3B02 Introduction to Product Design  
GDES 3B34 Jewellery Design 1: An Introduction (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B50 Jewellery Design 2: Alternative Materials  
GDES 3B32 Kinetic Typography & Animated Communication  
GDES 3B73 Open Studio: Critical Approaches to Design Practice  
GDES 3B04 Packaging Design 1
GDES 3B31 Packaging Design 2
GDES 4B06 Professional Practice for Graphic Designers  
GDES 3B81 Sequential Illustration Project
GDES 3B12 Socially Responsible Design Practices (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B09 Strategic Brand Development 1: Organizational Branding
GDES 3B42 Strategic Brand Development 2: Product Branding  
GDES 3B60 Sustainable Design & Development (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B03 Typeface Design 1
GDES 3B30 Typeface Design 2 (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B08 Wayfinding/Information Systems 1
GDES 3B16 Wearable Computing
 
GDES 3B44 Wearable Electronics Studio
 
or
Relevant 0.5 credit course - subject to approval - maximum 1.0 credit total from outside of Faculty of Design. Contact Program Assistant Sandra Barnes for approvals/equivalencies, prior to commencement of class.


Please visit Liberal Arts & Sciences course listing for a full selection of liberal studies courses.

Last Modified:6/11/2014 4:23:32 PM