Academy of Art University

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24 months
1191 USD/credit
1137 USD/credit
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Learn the skills to pursue a career as a graphic novelist or comic book artist, storyboard artist, concept artist, interactive illustrator, children’s book illustrator, editorial or advertising illustrator or any number of positions that require the boundless imagination and skills of an illustrator in the Illustration program of Academy of Art University.


The Illustration program of Academy of Art University provides the skills to develop portfolios with samples in Children’s Book, Editorial, Licensing, Package Illustration, Concept Art, Book Covers, Preliminary Art, Advertising, or Institutional Art portfolios. Both representational and stylistic approaches for print and or web are taught. Students graduate with a portfolio created in a personal style and medium of choice that is market appropriate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Artistic Ability

  • Work with appropriate skill in a chosen medium or mediums
  • Create compelling images

Research and Conceptualization Skills

  • Clearly identify their audience
  • Conduct research for reference

Presentation Skills

  • Professionally present their work

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a cohesive portfolio tailored to reflect career goals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current trends and visual industry standards by describing how their work will address a specific market.


Academy of Art University offers some of the best training and hands-on experience to help accelerate your career. We pride ourselves in doing an exceptional job preparing you to excel in your future careers in illustration. Our degree programs are designed to equip aspiring illustrators with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills that lead to success in the illustration industry.

Book Cover Artist

Create narrative art for book covers as a book cover artist. You'll conceptualize and execute eye-catching imagery for cover layouts, and communicate story notes in a single image.

Children's Book Illustrator

With the vibrant children's book market, you'll be able to create illustrations for a wide range of audiences and story styles as a children's book illustrator. With an emphasis on storytelling, a diversity in approaches and styles makes this a flexible and exciting career path.

Comics Artist

Create and sell your own stories as a comic artist. Layout artists draw pages for comics, inkers create line art for comics, and writers provide the story framework.

Concept Artist

Create preproduction art from rough ideation to model packets as a concept artist. You'll create environments, character designs, and concepts for games or films, and work with a variety of teams to create new worlds and stories.

Freelance Illustrator

Illustrators solve visual problems and tell stories in formats that range from infographics to comic books. You can make 3D visualizations, book covers, posters, cards, graphic novels, collectibles and more. You are also responsible for managing and maintaining your own business.

Interactive Illustrator

In the emerging market of interaction design, the interactive illustrator creates art for inclusion in digital mediums such as smartphones, computers, and tablets. Understand and influence user behavior with a strong illustrative style and give life to interactive experiences.

Medical/Scientific Illustrator

Create the illusion of being inside a heart, sitting in an ancient temple, or explaining disease vectors as medical or scientific illustrator. Combining meticulous research and execution skills with artistic vision, you'll distill complex concepts into simple and beautiful illustrations.


As a reportage illustrator, you'll be tasked with documenting moments for TV, the Internet, sketchbooks, and specialty publications. Courtroom, combat, and corporate presentation artists must work efficiently and accurately to define a moment in time.

Storyboard Artist

As a storyboard artist, you'll break down and draw shots for commercials, films, fames, cartoons, and more. Set the tempo and timing of key shots to interpret the director's vision under tight deadline.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Clothed Figure Drawing
  • Perspective for Characters & Environment
  • Digital Painting
  • Color Theory
  • Concept, Technique and Illustration
  • Character Design for Children's Books

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1191 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1191 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1137 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1137 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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