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Illustration, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

Materials and narrative storytelling

Compared to other illustration degree programs, we emphasize a stronger foundation in drawing and painting. At the Illustration degree offered by California College of the Arts you’ll learn how to use acrylic, charcoal, collage, colored pencil, gouache, ink, mixed media, and watercolor in studio courses. 

You’ll also learn how to use important storytelling elements, such as atmosphere, lighting, mood, and point of view, to create sequential narratives. You’ll develop characters, write dialogue, and make your own publication from start to finish. Learning to research your interests and reference the history of illustration is an integral part of this process.

Potential career paths

  • Concept artist
  • Author
  • Fine artist
  • Muralist
  • Textile designer
  • Educator
  • Printmaker
  • Publisher
  • Gallery director
  • Exhibition designer

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:

  • Illustration Studios 1–3
  • Illustration Tools: Digital Illustration
  • Illustration Tools: Professional Practice
  • Illustration Tools: Painting for Illustrators
  • Selected Courses from Illustration Tools or Approved Studio Electives or both
  • Approved Drawing Electives

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    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:

    6.5

    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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • An online application and nonrefundable application fee of $70
  • Personal essay
  • High school and/or university transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Portfolio (log in to SlideRoom)
  • Proof of English proficiency (international applicants only)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51092 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    51092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51092 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Oakland

  • 1055 - 1970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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