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Illustration & Animation

Below is a complete list of courses offered in Illustration & Animation. Not every course is offered every semester. Please work with your advisor, refer to your degree checksheet, and check the schedule of classes to find out what is offered during the fall, spring or summer semester.

ILLU 200 Foundations in Image Making
Presentation of fundamental principles for communication through visual language. Exploration of theories in visual perception and visual communication, with focus on reading and developing visual images for intended meaning. Emphasis is placed on concept development, compositional exploration, color theory, the affect of value and color on images, and the significance of reference creation. Required for Illustration and Visual Communication Design majors as a pre-review course. This course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Open to other Design majors as a Studio Elective. Prerequisite: BDS 101 with a grade of C or higher. LAB.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Smith, Kent
MW 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 511 - LAWRENCE
MW 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 509 - LAWRENCE
3 52957
LAB Smith, Kent
MW 02:30-05:20 PM CHAL 511 - LAWRENCE
MW 02:30-05:20 PM CHAL 509 - LAWRENCE
3 52956
LAB Smith, Kent
TuTh 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 511 - LAWRENCE
TuTh 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 509 - LAWRENCE
3 56069
LAB Smith, Kent
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 511 - LAWRENCE
3 52779
ILLU 205 Drawing Media for Illustration
Exploration of problems in drawing for various reproduction processes. Emphasis on perspective, head drawing, the clothed and nude figure, nature illustration, perspective, and environments. Various drawing media and materials are explored. Required for Illustration majors as a pre-review course. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: BDS 101 or permission of instructor. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

ILLU 305 Image Making
Concentrated study in developing methodologies for producing contemporary illustration. Emphasis is placed on concept development, composition exploration, value and color studies, and reference creation. Required for Illustration majors as a pre-review course. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: ILLU 200. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

ILLU 315 Introduction to Illustration
Concentrated study in developing skills and techniques with media and materials that are employed in producing contemporary illustration. Continued emphasis on methods of research and idea generation. For majors only. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C+ (2.3) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Illustration & Animation students should take this course alongside ILLU 405. Prerequisite: ILLU 205 and ILLU 305 with grades of C or better or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ILLU 405. LAB.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Cook, Matthew
MW 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 507 - LAWRENCE
MW 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 509 - LAWRENCE
3 43639
ILLU 405 Drawing Media for Illustration II
Students will explore various drawing and painting media to continue developing their mastery of representational imagery for illustration. Reference collecting, model making, and the creating of photographic reference material will be addressed. Emphasis on mark making, value and color relationships, and placing the figure in an environment is also covered. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C+ (2.3) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Intended to be taken alongside ILLU 315. Prerequisite: ILLU 205 and ILLU 305 with grades of C or better or instructor permission. Corequisite: ILLU 315. LAB.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Fitzgerald, Barry
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 507 - LAWRENCE
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 509 - LAWRENCE
3 44981
ILLU 410 Fundamentals of Animation
Concentrated study in developing skills and techniques with digital media and materials employed in producing basic contemporary animation. Development of concept, script, storyboard, and use of audio, music and sound effects are part of this animation experience. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: ILLU 315 and ILLU 405 with grades of C+ (2.3) or higher, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ILLU 415. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

ILLU 415 Illustration Concepts
Focus of this course is to learn how to think visually. Concentrated study on developing different forms of concepts for illustration. Continued development of technical skills and visual literacy to gain insight on how to make images that communicate unique ideas clearly. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: ILLU 315 and ILLU 405 with a C+ (2.3) or higher. Corequisite: ILLU 410. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

ILLU 425 Concept Art
Introductory exploration of the process, skills and concepts necessary for successful concept art character design and effective blending of matte painting and film. Drawing will be of primary concern for this course, yet exploring digital means of character development will also be introduced. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Intended to be taken alongside ILLU 435. Prerequisite: ILLU 410 and ILLU 415 with grades of C or higher or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ILLU 435. LAB.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Cook, Matthew
MW 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 507 - LAWRENCE
3 48808
ILLU 435 Sequential and Narrative Illustration
Exploration of thematic illustration through the development of a series of images based on a topic or story. Aspects of continuity, consistency, storytelling, pacing, editing, packaging and a holistic method of developing illustration are addressed. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: ILLU 415 and ILLU 410 with grades of C or higher. Corequisite: ILLU 425. LAB.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Yankey, Lindsey
TuTh 02:30-05:20 PM CHAL 507 - LAWRENCE
4 43911
ILLU 445 Advanced Concept Art
Continuation in exploration of the process, skills and concepts for successful concept art character design, along with continued development of digital characters and 3D modeling. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: ILLU 425 and ILLU 435 with grades of C (2.0) or higher, or permission of instructor. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

ILLU 510 Animation
Continued development of concepts, scripts, storyboards, and use of audio, music and sound effects in the production of a one- to three-minute animated film. Prerequisite: ILLU 425 and ILLU 435 with grades of C (2.0) or higher, or permission of instructor. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

ILLU 535 Promotion and Marketing for Illustration
Focus will be on preparation for entering the profession. Development and completion of a self-promotion and marketing package will supplement and support the senior portfolio. Contemporary business practices and legal issues will be addressed. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: ILLU 445. LAB.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Fitzgerald, Barry
TuTh 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 507 - LAWRENCE
4 43384

Department of Design Grade Requirements
If this course is required under the major studies section on your degree check sheet you must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better to continue on to the next course in the sequence. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will require you to repeat this course. In most cases, these courses are only offered once a year. Students in the Department of Design must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA to graduate with a degree in Design.


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