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Illustration students at KCAI work with traditional as well as advanced digital media to develop the conceptual, technical and aesthetic skills necessary for success in the diverse range of practices in an evolving field.
Courses include drawing and design systems, narrative images, visual storytelling and myth-making, organic perceptions and content for digital media, all of which enable students to express themselves as artists while learning how to communicate substantive messages.
In addition to taking studio and liberal arts courses, students also participate in professional practice seminars that expose them to established professionals. These experts offer lectures and demonstrations and interact with students in hands-on critiques and workshops. Students also have the opportunity to participate in internships that provide real-world exposure to creative issues in professional work settings.
Students work with faculty and visiting artists who have extensive backgrounds and experience in wide-ranging areas such as magazine and book illustration, editorial illustration, Web design, digital animation for film and television, advertising, graphic novels, comic books, computer gaming, fashion illustration, greeting card design, CD covers and music posters, children’s books, product design and other areas that involve illustration. As students move through the program they enhance their artistic and technical skills, develop habits of professionalism and collaboration, sharpen communication abilities and build their portfolio in preparation for starting their careers.

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