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ILLUSTRATION MAJOR

Communications Programs (Years 2 to 4)

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 Design Programs: Introduction.

Illustration

The Illustration program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to create effective and artful images that function as a complement to the written word. Newspapers, books, magazines, corporate reports, print ads, billboards, posters, CD’s, packaging, merchandise, websites and emerging interactive design represent some of the many venues that employ illustration.

Based on strong draftsmanship, conceptual skills and deeply held personal convictions, students develop an individual artistic voice, working in a variety of media and techniques, both traditional and digital.

Working closely with a faculty composed of practicing illustrators and with visiting professionals, students complete assignments that cover a wide range of illustrative applications and acquire the necessary principles of business and entrepreneurship. In their fourth year, students develop a focused thesis project, reflecting their personal interests and values.

Illustration Major Program Guide

Please refer to the Faculty of Design's Degree/Diploma Requirements for information regarding degree and diploma requirements for Design program students.

All Faculty of Design programs are developed as semester groupings of related courses. In order to be best 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.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of 60% in their core studio course each semester (tagged with “†”) to advance to the following semester’s core studio.

A minimum overall average of 65% must be achieved at the end of fourth-year in all designated courses (tagged with “∆”) of the student’s major/program.

COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDIT
200 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER
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)
or choose another Liberal Studies course 0.5
GDES 2B03 Think Tank 1: Awareness (SEM) 0.5
ILLU 2K01 Illustration 1 †∆ 0.75
ILLU 2B08 Illustrative Drawing 0.5
ILLU 2A04 Graphic Design for Illustrators (includes digital workshop) 0.25

200 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER
See Liberal Studies offerings Choose one Liberal Studies course 0.5
VISC 2B39 Graphic Design History in the 20th Century (LST) 0.5
ILLU 2K02 Illustration 2 †∆ 0.75
ILLU 2A02 Media Studio 1 0.25
ILLU 2B09 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 1
(includes drawing and painting workshop)
0.5

300 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER
VISC 3B21 Illustration and the Rise of Popular Culture (LST) 0.5
ILLU 3K01 Illustration 3 †∆ 0.75
ILLU 3A01 Media Studio 2 (includes digital workshop) 0.25
ILLU 3B09 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 2 0.5
Choose one expansion studio:
GDES 3B10 Art of Presentation
GDES 3B02 Editorial & Publication Design 1
GDES 3B22 Editorial & Publication Design 2
GDES 3B40 Exploration, Insight and Foresight in Design (SEM)
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurism
GDES 3B48 Illustrative Activism
GDES 3B07 Interactive Communication: Smart Screens
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B11 Motion Graphics 1
GDES 3B04 Packaging Design 1
GDES 3B41 Play Behaviour and Game Design 1
GDES 3B05 Sequential Narrative 1
GDES 3B29 Sequential Narrative 2
GDES 3B09 Strategic Brand Development 1
GDES 3B42 Strategic Brand Development 2
INTR 3B01 Virtual Communities
or
relevant course in Faculty of Art or Design
(subject to approval - contact Design Office)
Maximum 1.0 Art credit will be counted toward graduating.
0.5

300 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER
See Liberal Studies offerings Choose one Liberal Studies course 0.5
ILLU 3K02 Illustration 4 †∆ 0.75
ILLU 3A02 Media Studio 3 0.25
ILLU 3B10
Illustrative Drawing and Painting 3
(includes drawing and painting workshop)
0.5
Choose one expansion studio:
GDES 3B10 Art of Presentation
GDES 3B02 Editorial & Publication Design 1
GDES 3B22 Editorial & Publication Design 2
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurism
GDES 3B48 Illustrative Activism
GDES 3B07 Interactive Communication: Smart Screens
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B27 Interactive Communication: Clever Devices
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B53 Interactive Communication: Beyond the Screen
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B11 Motion Graphics 1
GDES 3B32 Motion Graphics 2
GDES 3B04 Packaging Design 1
GDES 3B31 Packaging Design 2
GDES 3B05 Sequential Narrative 1
GDES 3B29 Sequential Narrative 2
GDES 3B09 Strategic Brand Development 1
GDES 3B42 Strategic Brand Development 2
GDES 3B54 Think Tank 2: Consideration (SEM)
GDES 3B56 Universal Design
GDES 3B59 Urban Landscape Ecology (SEM)
or
relevant course in Faculty of Art or Design
(subject to approval - contact Design Office)
Maximum 1.0 Art credit will be counted toward graduating.
0.5

400 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER
See Liberal Studies offerings
Choose one Liberal Studies course 0.5
ILLU 4K01 Illustration 5: Thesis †∆ 0.75
ILLU 4A01 Business Practice (SEM) 0.25
ILLU 4B10 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 4
(includes drawing and painting workshop)
0.5
Choose one expansion studio:
GDES 3B10 Art of Presentation
GDES 3B02 Editorial & Publication Design 1
GDES 3B22 Editorial & Publication Design 2
GDES 4B02 Editorial & Publication Design 3
GDES 3B40 Exploration, Insight and Foresight in Design (SEM)
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurism
GDES 3B48 Illustrative Activism
GDES 3B07 Interactive Communication: Smart Screens
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 4B03 Internship
GDES 3B11 Motion Graphics 1
GDES 4B04 New Directions in Pictorial Design
GDES 3B04 Packaging Design 1
GDES 3B41 Play Behaviour and Game Design 1
GDES 3B05 Sequential Narrative 1
GDES 3B29 Sequential Narrative 2
GDES 3B09 Strategic Brand Development 1
GDES 3B42 Strategic Brand Development 2
GDES 4B08 Think Tank 3: Action (SEM)
INTR 3B01 Virtual Communities
or
relevant course in Faculty of Art or Design
(subject to approval - contact Design Office)
Maximum 1.0 Art credit will be counted toward graduating.
0.5

400 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER
See Liberal Studies offerings
Choose one Liberal Studies course 0.5
ILLU 4K02 Illustration 6: Thesis †∆ 0.75
ILLU 4A03 Media Studio 4 (includes digital workshop) 0.25
ILLU 4B09 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 5 0.5
Choose one expansion studio:
GDES 3B10 Art of Presentation
GDES 3B02 Editorial & Publication Design 1
GDES 3B22 Editorial & Publication Design 2
GDES 4B02 Editorial & Publication Design 3
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurism
GDES 3B48 Illustrative Activism
GDES 3B07 Interactive Communication: Smart Screens
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B27 Interactive Communication: Clever Devices
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B53 Interactive Communication: Beyond the Screen
(includes digital workshop)

GDES 3B11 Motion Graphics 1
GDES 3B32 Motion Graphics 2
GDES 4B04 New Directions in Pictorial Design
GDES 3B04 Packaging Design 1
GDES 3B31 Packaging Design 2
GDES 3B05 Sequential Narrative 1
GDES 3B29 Sequential Narrative 2
GDES 3B09 Strategic Brand Development 1
GDES 3B42 Strategic Brand Development 2
GDES 3B54 Think Tank 2: Consideration (SEM)
GDES 3B56 Universal Design
GDES 3B59 Urban Landscape Ecology (SEM)
or
relevant course in Faculty of Art or Design
(subject to approval - contact Design Office)
Maximum 1.0 Art credit will be counted toward graduating.
0.5



Recommended Liberal Studies Courses (subject to being offered):
ENGL 2B01 Creative Writing I
 
HUMN 2B01 Aesthetics
HUMN 2B16 Twentieth Century Ideas
HUMN 3B01 Reading Popular Culture
HUMN 3B08 Ethics, Advertising and Design
 
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
 
SOSC 2B02/
VISC 2B40
Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies
SOSC 2B04/
VISC 2B41
Social Science Methods for Designers and Artists
SOSC 3B02 Material Culture and Consumer Society
SOSC 3B05 Social Psychology and Consumer Behaviour
 
VISC 2B02 Reading Images in Art
VISC 2B07 History of Modern Art
VISC 2B33 Art of Europe: Greek to Gothic
VISC 2B35 Art of Europe: Renaissance to Impressionism
VISC 2B36 History and Evolution of Typography
VISC 2B38 Design Methodologies: Theories and Concepts
VISC 2B39 Graphic Design History in the 20th Century
VISC 3B03 Contemporary Canadian Art
VISC 3B05 Dada and Surrealism
VISC 3B07 Art of the Italian Renaissance
VISC 3B08 Art of Europe: Baroque and Rococo
VISC 3B15 Studies in Nineteenth Century Art: Goya to Courbet
VISC 3B21 Illustration and the Rise of Popular Culture
VISC 3B26 Studies in 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
VISC 3B38 Advertising and the Art of Persuasion
VISC 4B08 Studies in Contemporary Art: Europe 1960s - 1990s

Also see Liberal Studies Special Topics Courses for 2008/09

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