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Independent Illustration

Independent Illustration

Program Code:ILU
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This four-semester program is best suited for you if you have a strong interest in visual arts, visual storytelling and a desire to work in the freelance illustration field.

As a student in the program, you'll have the opportunity to specialize in your area of interest while showcasing your own unique style. You'll develop skills in the traditional artistic realm of wet and dry media (drawing, painting and sculpture), as well as in digital media, for the creation and final output of illustration. You will create illustrations for a range of applications, including children's books, comics, graphic novels, magazines and online publications. You will also learn the process of visual development for film, television and game art. During the course of this program, you'll build a strong portfolio of illustration work for a wide range of practical applications.

Before graduating, you will create your own small business, have a working website and have the accounting, marketing and revenue creation skills integral to launching a freelance career in illustration.

The growth areas of illustration are in the following industries:

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Film/Animation
  • Interactive/Multimedia/Educational
  • Pre-visualization and Concept Development
  • Publishing: Children's books/Publications

Upon graduation, you'll be well prepared to succeed in this industry.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with required course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Attend an admission session and complete a drawing and writing assignment
  • Submit a portfolio of work online – the portfolio should include:
    • Three life drawings
    • Two drawings of your own hand
    • Two object drawings
    • Two environment drawings
    • Two drawings of your choice
    • A written profile
    • A resume with the focus on any professional or volunteer positions that demonstrate creative or artistic talents

Details on where and when to attend the admission session, and how to submit your online work will be mailed shortly after you apply to the program.

Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked will be offered a seat in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

The four-semester Independent Illustration diploma program prepares you for success as an Illustrator and entrepreneur. Most illustrators run their own businesses and work as "freelancers" for a wide range of clients across many sectors. As a graduate of this program, you will have the business skills necessary to run a successful illustration business.

Having studied both traditional and digital media in the program, you'll be equipped to produce work for a range of audiences, including children, web and game users, viewers of journalism and advertising, as well as comics and graphic novel readers. Whether you're working on a stretched canvas or a wireless tablet, you'll have the necessary skill sets to compete in this field.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

2017/2018 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
ILU100 Traditional Illustrative Media I
ILU101 Digital Tools
ILU102 Applied Illustration History
ILU106 Life Drawing I
ILU107 Business I
ILU113 Structural Drawing I
 
Semester 2
ILU200 Traditional Illustrative Media II
ILU201 Digital Paint
ILU202 Creativity and Concept Development I
ILU205 Advertising/Packaging Illustration
ILU207 Business II
ILU213 Structural Drawing II
ILU216 Life Drawing - Anatomy I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
ILU204 Sequential Narration and Comic Illustration
ILU300 Traditional Illustrative Media III
ILU302 Creativity and Concept Development II
ILU304 Children's Illustration
ILU307 Small Business Tools: Web Design & Digital Portfolio
ILU308 Visual Development I
ILU316 Life Drawing Anatomy II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
ILU400 Traditional Illustrative Media IV
ILU401 Interactive Illustration
ILU404 Specialization Studio
ILU407 Small Business
ILU408 Visual Development II
ILU416 Life Drawing - Applied
plus: General Education Course

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
ILU100 Traditional Illustrative Media I
ILU101 Digital Tools
ILU102 Applied Illustration History
ILU106 Life Drawing I
ILU107 Business I
ILU113 Structural Drawing I
 
Semester 2
ILU200 Traditional Illustrative Media II
ILU201 Digital Paint
ILU202 Creativity and Concept Development I
ILU205 Advertising/Packaging Illustration
ILU207 Business II
ILU213 Structural Drawing II
ILU216 Life Drawing - Anatomy I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
ILU204 Sequential Narration and Comic Illustration
ILU300 Traditional Illustrative Media III
ILU302 Creativity and Concept Development II
ILU304 Children's Illustration
ILU307 Small Business Tools: Web Design & Digital Portfolio
ILU308 Visual Development I
ILU316 Life Drawing Anatomy II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
ILU400 Traditional Illustrative Media IV
ILU401 Interactive Illustration
ILU404 Specialization Studio
ILU407 Small Business
ILU408 Visual Development II
ILU416 Life Drawing - Applied
plus: General Education Course

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
ILU100 Traditional Illustrative Media I
ILU101 Digital Tools
ILU102 Applied Illustration History
ILU106 Life Drawing I
ILU107 Business I
ILU113 Structural Drawing I
 
Semester 2
ILU200 Traditional Illustrative Media II
ILU201 Digital Paint
ILU202 Creativity and Concept Development I
ILU205 Advertising/Packaging Illustration
ILU207 Business II
ILU213 Structural Drawing II
ILU216 Life Drawing - Anatomy I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
ILU204 Sequential Narration and Comic Illustration
ILU300 Traditional Illustrative Media III
ILU302 Creativity and Concept Development II
ILU304 Children's Illustration
ILU307 Small Business Tools: Web Design & Digital Portfolio
ILU308 Visual Development I
ILU316 Life Drawing Anatomy II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
ILU400 Traditional Illustrative Media IV
ILU401 Interactive Illustration
ILU404 Specialization Studio
ILU407 Small Business
ILU408 Visual Development II
ILU416 Life Drawing - Applied
plus: General Education Course

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Sharon Wong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
Sharon.Wong@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: International Admissions
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22364
InternationalAdmissions@senecacollege.ca
Registration Advisor:
  Hamza Ansari
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33003
Hamza.Ansari@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: JoAnn Purcell
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33376
JoAnn.Purcell@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mark Jones
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
Mark.Jones@senecacollege.ca
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