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Illustrative Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Draw Your Future Into Reality

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What is Illustrative Design? Our program in Illustrative Design requires an illustrative approach to solving design problems, whether it be logo design, motion graphics, data visualization, and more. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustrative Design provides students with a hybrid degree combining curriculum from both Graphic Design and Illustration. Students learn core technical skills in Illustration and apply those skills to projects found in Graphic Design. RMCAD’s Illustrative Design Program will help provide you with the technical, aesthetic, critical, and practical skills necessary for career success.

Program Overview

As an Illustrative Design student, you’ll refine your skills as an illustrator and apply them in graphic design. You’ll receive hands-on training that prepares you for the real world of professional design. You will learn the technology, tools, and skills as they relate to art and design including the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use technology, tools, and skills for sustainable practice

The Illustrative Design program incorporates a focus on the development of cultural, communication and design competencies, professional practice, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the profession. At RMCAD, we aim to increase and combine intellectual, artistic and design thinking, planning, and practice to best prepare students for dynamic business environments.

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Program Highlights

Solve Communication + Design Problems

Identity Design + Design Systems

Industry-Based Software

Typography + Layout Design

Media + Digital Skills

Portfolio Development

Credits pie chart for the Illustrative Design BFA course. 30 credits in liberal arts, 27 credits in graphic design, 21 credits in foundations, 21 credits in illustration, 15 credits in art/design history, and 9 credits in illustrative design for a total of 123 credits.

Degree Requirements

The BFA in Illustrative Design program aims to increase and combine intellectual, artistic and design thinking, planning, and practice to best prepare students for dynamic business environments.

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online delivery formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Tech + Tools

The Illustrative Design program offers course curriculum to enhance your specific needs.  Our courses offer small class sizes for an enhanced learning experience and personalized attention from skilled instructors.

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe AfterEffects

Illustrative Design Careers

Are you ready to become a design problem solver? At RMCAD, we help prepare our alumni to take on the world of art and design. With an Illustrative Design Degree in hand, graduates are equipped to launch their career in a variety of design fields, including:

Illustrative Design Careers

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Graphic Designer

Motion Designer

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Print Designer

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Information Designer

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Let's Design Your Future NOW

Student Work + Success

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Illustrative Design Faculty

RMCAD’s team of Illustrative Design Instructors are here to watch you grow and succeed throughout your journey in this online program.

Illustrative Design Events

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