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Independent Illustration

Available: Fall, Winter

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.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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).

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.

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

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

JoAnn Purcell 416.491.5050 ext. 33376

Program Chair

Mark Jones 416.491.5050 ext. 33488

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network