Illustration and Comic Art

This dynamic class will introduce students to illustration materials and techniques, conceptual approaches to image making, and will address practices relating to the business of illustration. Illustration is essential to the success of the editorial, advertising, publishing, and product packaging industries. The creative process will be discussed, from creating initial sketches to undergoing final illustration critiques. Assignments are designed to help students gain an understanding of where, when, and how illustration is used, and to develop the skills needed to create successful illustrations. Students will focus not only on making images and developing their own visual language, through creative and conceptual approaches but also on analyzing imagery.

This class will include demonstrations of using art materials (ranging from gouache, pen and ink, to watercolor) along with information on topics related to working as a professional illustrator. The instructor will discuss topics including: business practices; creating an illustration portfolio; self-promotion and networking; working with art directors; and negotiating contracts. A variety of homework assignments will support in-class discussions. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.

Please Register Before: September 1

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings

  • Register on or before August 18 and save $25.
  • Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

VC 4149 FA17
Date Start: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Date End: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30–9:30 p.m
Morrison Building Room M218
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above.
Days of Week: 
Working knowledge of Mac OS X. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is helpful, but not required.