Vector Illustration – ARTS 532

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/18/2021

Course Description

This graduate course stresses individual direction and achievement in vector illustration. The student will propose the work he/she plans to create during the semester and will develop a schedule for completion with the professor. Design projects may be conceptual, decorative, collaborative, or experimental but the finished product, both in production and presentation, must be more aesthetically sophisticated than undergraduate work. May be taken twice.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course is designed to add higher-level thinking of a theoretical and experimental nature for graduate students that is not covered in any of the other courses in the program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Create original illustrations with superior production and presentation using a professional drawing program.
  2. Analyze the work of other artists who produce similar work in preparation for his/her own creative pursuits.
  3. Develop a stylistic direction for illustrative exploration.
  4. Critique the work of peers and participate in self-critique activities.
  5. Propose an illustrative project from idea on through presentation and maintain a production schedule.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, article readings, tutorials and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The discussion is a collaborative learning experience. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Threads must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and progress thus far. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads with critique and feedback. Each reply must be at least 75 words.

Exercise Assignments (2)

The student will complete simple exercises to become familiar with the required software and to practice the design principles learned. 

Project: Isometric Illustration Assignments (2)

As the student progresses through the course material, larger projects will be executed with specific attention to the appropriate use of software as well as design principles. This project will focus on creating an isometric illustration. The assignment instructions can be found in the corresponding module.

Project: Monochromatic Illustration Assignments (2)

As the student progresses through the course material, larger projects will be executed with specific attention to the appropriate use of software as well as design principles. This project will focus on creating a monochromatic illustration that incorporates the use of texture. The assignment instructions can be found in the corresponding module.

Project: Illustrated Book Cover Series Assignments (2)

As the student progresses through the course material, larger projects will be executed with specific attention to the appropriate use of software as well as design principles. This project will focus on creating a series (3) of illustrated book covers. The assignment instructions can be found in the corresponding module.