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Art and Design - Illustration Emphasis, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Orem, UT, United States
The Bachelor in Art and Design - Illustration Emphasis program at Utah Valley University is ideal for students wanting to pursue careers in traditional illustration, digital illustration, or animation. In addition to working with faculty who are professionals in their fields, students have access to the best software in the industry.  
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Courses taken at this Bachelor in Art and Design - Illustration Emphasis program offered by Utah Valley University in figure drawing, children’s book illustration, anatomy and figure structure, flash animation, 3-D computer rendering, and advanced illustration are just a few of the classes available to students. The courses offer a well-rounded and practical learning experience. Students in the illustration program benefit from interaction with instructors who are nationally known professional illustrators. 


Students are prepared to compete for employment creating concepts, illustrations, backgrounds, textures, and more in the areas of gaming development, animation, and for freelance consulting work (self-employed) creating illustrations for books (children's, graphic novels, etc.), magazines (both traditional and online), storyboarding, advertising. Some students may also choose to further their studies in graduate programs. Many employment opportunities will be a combination of freelance, part time employment, and/or full time employment. For example, a concept artist may be in a full time position for the duration of a large project but may freelance or be employed part time on smaller similar projects.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Spatial Drawing
  • Imagination and Visual Literacy
  • Illustrative Media and Techniques
  • Digital Painting for Illustration
  • Figure Drawing
  • 3D Computer Modeling
  • Narrative Illustration
  • Rendering the Human Head
  • Figure Painting
  • Children's Book Illustration 
  • Digital Illustration
  • Concept Design
  • 3D Illustration

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • $115 application fee
  • Official High School Transcripts or Record Equivalent
  • English Proficiency
  • Affidavit of support and financial statements (All financial support papers must be in English, showing amounts in U.S. dollars.)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8046 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8046 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    5192 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2596 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Orem

  • 950 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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