Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As a future professional illustrator, you will develop a strong foundation for careers that showcase your artistic style through the Illustration major. The Illustration major focuses on developing your expertise in several genres, perfecting your style and learning the finer points of self-marketing.
The purpose of the Illustration major is to develop your abilities to master significant illustration genres and produce images that contain dynamic visual language that synthesizes and translates human knowledge and experiences into visual forms.
While bringing practical, professional knowledge to the classroom, our faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to be competent in communicating visually and to develop a mature, Christ-centered worldview.
Course Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. in Illustration
Course Requirements for an Illustration Minor
Examples of courses in this major:
VCD 3430 Illustration I
This introductory course explores fundamentals of illustrative design principles and how elements are utilized to address specific narrative or expressive problems. A survey of historical and current trends in illustration and an overview of basic business practices are examined.
VCD 3480 Visual Narrative
Focusing on artist as author, this course examines the visual and structural components of sequential storytelling. Students interested in integrating dual roles of visual communication and writing will develop distinctive skills in creating pictorial outlines for use in a variety of media formats such as illustrated children’s books, advertising, educational publications, and storyboarding for video/film.
VCD 3500 Advanced Illustration
Emphasis is placed on critical thinking in illustration design, and developing a body of advanced illustrative work in preparation for the professional portfolio. Time is spent examining professional business practices.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
Kim M. Reiff, B.F.A, M.B.A, M.F.A
Chair, Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts; Associate Professor of Visual Art and Design
B.F.A., Indiana University, Fort Wayne; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Kim Reiff has worked as a marketing communications manager, graphic designer and production manager.
Don Swartzentruber, B.S., M.F.A.
Instructor of Art, Illustration II
B.S. in Art Education, all grade, Grace College; M.F.A. in visual arts, Vermont College of Norwich University
As a contemporary visionary artist, Don Swartzentruber designs carnivalesque images that originate from his interests in theology, cultural issues and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for more than 15 years, and he exhibits nationally. He currently teaches art at Warsaw Community High School.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
- An illustrator is a professional artist trained to produce pictures that translate human knowledge and experience into visual terms. By developing mastery skills in a personal style, an illustrator creates images that contain a dynamic language of symbols and metaphors in a variety of genre work such as editorial or advertising, or through subject specialization such as scientific illustration. Choices for illustrators include advertising, book, editorial, magazine, promotional, agency, technical or scientific illustration. Specialization requires expertise in other subject fields of study. For example, medical illustration would require knowledge of medicine or biology.
- Art Director
- Art directors develop design concepts and review materials that are to appear in periodicals, newspapers, and other printed or digital media. They control the overall visual direction of a project in fields such as advertising and publishing. They decide how best to present a concept visually, so that it is organized, eye catching and appealing. Art directors decide which photographs or artwork to use, and they oversee the design, layout and production of material to be produced. They may direct workers engaged in artwork, design, layout and copywriting. Art directors attend photo shoots and printing sessions, review and approve proofs of materials developed by staff members or vendors, and present final layouts to clients for approval.
- Fine (Studio) Artist
- Traditionally, fine artists focus on creating original artworks in the form of drawing, painting or sculpture, or they may specialize in other art forms such as ceramics, printmaking, photography, digital media, computer imaging or performance. The space dedicated solely for the creation of art is called a studio. Artists who create within this designated space are also referred to as studio artists. Along with expertise in their chosen art form, fine artists have a solid background in art history, art criticism, aesthetics and theory. Focusing on personal artistic development, fine artists create, display and sell personal artwork through a variety of means including art exhibitions, commercial galleries, corporate collections and commissions. Buyers may include museums, corporations, institutions, government agencies and individuals. Some fine artists are able to support themselves solely through the sale of their work, while others may have an additional job to support their art careers. Fine artists may work in museums or art galleries as fine-arts directors or curators, as art critics for art-focused publications, or as consultants to foundations or institutional collectors. Other artists teach art classes or conduct workshops in their own studios, within schools or other art-related organizations.
What others are saying:
I have seen God's grace and provision through the faculty members. They have challenged me to stretch myself to become a better artist by improving my skills, and most of all, to give God glory by worshiping Him with my gifts.
- Katelyn Mithoefer, B.A., Illustration and Drawing and Painting (double major), 2012
Grace has made such an impact on my life these past two years. Not only have I grown spiritually in my walk with the Lord, but I have also improved greatly as an artist. My goal is to one day become either an artist for Disney or a conceptual artist for the movie industry.
- Stephanie Johnston, B.A., Graphic Design and Illustration (double major), 2012