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Minor in Illustration (Minors) (ILLUSTRMIN)Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Illustration Minor teaches students to communicate ideas through images. Course offerings incorporate a range of disciplines including drawing, painting, game design, industrial/product design, fashion illustration, architectural rendering, book illustration, and graphic novels. Students work with faculty from various areas to cultivate skills, critical thinking strategies, conceptual clarity, and originality. Studio practice is augmented by research and analysis of art and illustration history.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Courses.
    1. Drawing. One (1) course from the .
      • Preliminary course for advancement in drawing, stressing basic visual awareness; seeing, representing, and technical command on a two-dimensional surface. Problems in handling placement, scale, space, volume, light, and formal articulation. Credit given for only one of FINA-S 200 or SOAD-S 200. (3 credit hours.)
    2. Introductory Electives. Two (2) courses from the .
      • Development of visual awareness and coordination of perceptual and manual skills; seeing, representing, and inventing on an experimental, exploratory level in two dimensions. Includes placement, scale, volume, light, formal articulation, and investigation of graphic tools and media. Credit given for only one of FINA-F 100 or SOAD-A 102. (3 credit hours.)
      • Drawing techniques focusing on creative/inventive sketching and rendering for interior design. Both freehand and digital techniques will be explored. Students will use the language of drawing to improve the process of conceptual design, design development, visualization, and communication. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 202 or SOAD-D 202. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: SOAD-A 100; and major or minor in Fashion Design. Studio class. Course fee required. Exploration of design inspiration and precedent research methods. Use of various media to communicate fashion design through technical drawing and illustration. Credit given for only one of AMID-F 213 or SOAD-F 213. (3 credit hours.)
      • Beginning class on digital media's role in the world of art production and reception. Class emphasizes learning to use digital media to produce original, creative art work. Students use Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and Autodesk Mudbox to create their own artworks. Topics include digital imaging, video art, interactive art, and 3D modeling. Credit given for only one of FINA-D 210 or SOAD-S 210. (3 credit hours.)
      • Preliminary course for advancement in painting. Investigates how different ways of seeing and making intersect with history, culture, belief, and identity. Explores technical and visual aspects of color and mark. Credit given for only one of FINA-S 230 or SOAD-S 230. (3 credit hours.)
      • An introduction to printmaking through a survey of basic print media: intaglio, lithography, relief and screen print. Emphasis on ways in which drawing, painting, digital and photography are utilized through printmaking processes is emphasized. Credit given for only one of FINA-S 240 or SOAD-S 240. (3 credit hours.)
      • Drawing and perception in the history and practice of visual communication, including a basic introduction to the field and exercises with pencil, marker, computer, and other tools, to produce symbols, letter forms, and symbol-letter combinations. Credit given for only one of FINA-S 250 or SOAD-S 250. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examines how writers and oral storytellers use personal experience narratives. Though personal narratives are not traditional, they can be studied using the concepts and methods developed to study both folklore and literature. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Advanced Courses. Nine (9) credit hours from the .
    • P: SOAD-S 200 or FINA-S 200; and SOAD-A 101, SOAD-A 102, or consent of instructor. Intermediate course in drawing from the model and other sources. Emphasis on technical command of the media in conjunction with the development of a visual awareness. Continued problems in the articulation of space, scale, volume, value, and linear sensitivity. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in FINA-S 301 and SOAD-S 300. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-A 101 or SOAD-A 102; and SOAD-S 230 or FINA-S 230; or consent of instructor. Intermediate course in painting from the model and other sources. Emphasis on technical command and understanding of the components of painting space, color, volume, value, and scale. Media: oil or acrylics. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in FINA-S 331 and SOAD-S 330. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-S 200 or FINA-S 200; or consent of instructor. Intensive lecture/studio course describing all of the bones and muscles of the body. The emphasis is on joint movement and proportion. The areas of the body are divided into 3D mass conception, bone and muscle description, and joint description. Students draw from the skeleton, plaster cadaver casts, and the human figure. Credit given for only one of FINA-S 403, SOAD-S 401, or SOAD-S 403. (3 credit hours.)
    • Focuses on the medium of the graphic novel (the long-form comic) from its inception in 1960's America to the present. Primary focus is on the visual-narrative aspects of the medium, as well as in-depth analysis of graphic novels in the social and cultural context in which they were produced. Credit given for only one of ARTH-A 336 or FINA-A 336. (3 credit hours.)
    • A general introduction to concepts, techniques, and tools for creating audio, visual, and narrative assets used in computer games and digitally mediated environments, including sound editing and synthesis, frame-based and procedural animation, and non-linear story writing. Students will create original sounds, write and edit computer code, and author multiform narratives while studying their roles in emerging and complex systems. Credit given for only one of MSCH-G 320 or TEL-T 284. (3 credit hours.)
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.