Illustration (BA)

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This major is not accepting new admits as of Autumn 2023.

As an Illustration major, students are exposed to a range of techniques that use both digital and traditional mediums. The program emphasizes the development of practical skills that can be applied in diverse fields, and begins with foundational courses in painting, design and figure drawing. As students progress through the program, they have the option to specialize in areas such as Illustration for Publishing, Entertainment Design, Surface Design, Motion Design, Freelance, and Fine Art. This allows students to tailor their coursework to their individual interests and career goals.

  • A minimum of 90 credits are required for this major, including at least 37 upper-division credits.
  • As a condition of graduation in this major, students are required to participate in the Illustration Portfolio Exhibition during the Spring Quarter of their senior year. 

Entering and completing the Illustration major 

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. 

  • You do not need to submit a portfolio to enter this major.
  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified this major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major.
  • To change or to enter a major or minor in this department, follow these instructions.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major.

Junior transfers to the Illustration major

If you are a transfer student with class status beyond the sophomore level, please meet with the head of the Illustration major as soon as possible for advising. See degree requirements for a full list of required courses and electives within the major or minor program.

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