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Art, Illustration Concentration, B.A.

Why Choose a Concentration in Illustration?

For Art majors interested in a career in illustration or preparation for graduate study in illustration, the Illustration Concentration (18 additional credits) offers broad-based training in illustration.  In the Illustration Concentration, students will learn how to research, develop, and create ideas relating to characters, stories, graphics, editorials, and settings into pictorial interpretations of ideas or narratives for reproduction in print, electronic, and time-based media.  The Art Department’s emphasis on drawing from observation allows students to learn to learn to render images in a range of media while offering classes to use electronic media to explore compositional elements of time, movement, and sound.

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Requirements for Illustration Concentration

Requirements for Art Majors

  • ART 0101 - First-Year Seminar
  • ART 0103 - Drawing I
  • ART 0104 - Design Fundamentals
  • ART 0105 - Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 0106 - Art Survey: Prehistoric to Middle Ages
  • ART 0107 - Art Survey: Renaissance to Present
  • ART 0109 - Writing for Art and the Artist
  • ART 0201 - Printmaking I
  • ART 0204 - Pottery I
  • ART 0205 - Sculpture I
  • ART 0209 - Color Theory and Practice
  • ART 0214 - Drawing II
  • ART 0216 - Painting I
  • ART 0311 - Painting II
  • One Art elective Credits: 3 Two 300-level Art History Courses Credits: 6

One of the following:

  • ART 0303 - Printmaking II
  • ART 0304 - Pottery II
  • ART 0305 - Sculpture II


** Students completing Art Teacher Licensure Programs must take ART 0108 Introduction to Computer Graphics as their art elective.

Art majors are required to take ART 0106 and ART 0107, to satisfy the Appreciation of the Arts requirement of the common core.

Art majors must complete a minimum of 27 credits of course work within the Art Department at Westfield State. Students are advised to consult their advisors for information on course sequencing and general core requirements.

Art majors intending to pursue graduate work beyond their major are advised to take additionally recommended studio courses of their choice. It is also advisable to include more than the minimum requirements in Art History.

    Illustration Concentration for Art Majors

    • ART 0108 - Computer Graphics for Art Applications I
    • ART 0225 - Animation Foundations
    • ART 0229 - Illustration I
    • ART 0365 - Graphic Novels for the Web
    • ART 0343 - Illustration II
    • 1, 200-300 level studio class from the Art Department's program of study that is not already required of the major or concentration.

    Additional Graduation Requirements

    All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .