Art and Design Department


The professional world of illustration is competitive and stylistically diverse.

Only illustrators with broad-based knowledge, good business sense, superior research skills, technical facility, and sustained commitment will succeed. The illustration curriculum for this emphasis is designed to help students become adept in these areas and to help them learn to balance historical perspectives of the field with an awareness of contemporary practices. In addition, majors are encouraged to balance aesthetic sensitivity with professional practicality and traditional craft with individual creativity.  

After completing the foundations review, students complete a secondary admissions process for the illustration program.

Students may pursue a BFA in Studio Art in this emphasis. 


Student Work

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Illustration Facilities

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Gwendolyn Basala American Greetings
Christy Beckwith Beehive Collective
Sandra Bellerive Cabin Time Artist Residencies
Cam DeCaussin California Institute of the Arts
Jason Edwards Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center
Randi Ford Disney ABC Television Group
Jesse Gregg Duck Studios
Allyson Haller Hallmark
Amy Hofacker Herman Miller
Geoffrey Holstad J. Peterman
Michael Hoskins
Loreen Hospodar Living Arts College
Jessica Hunter New England Journal of Medicine
Aron Lowe NPR
Kim Main Patagonia
Laura Mayes ParaNorman
Christina Mrozik Recycled Paper Greetings
Margaret Reed Richard Solomon / BreeAnn Veenstra
Jason Rood Richard Solomon / Ian Vanderhill
Dan Selleck Sparrow Graphics
Chris Shearer State of Michigan, Education
Kathy Mac Tran Utne Reader
Ian Vanderhill Werewolves by Paul Jessup
BreeAnn Veenstra WWOOF-USA
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Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

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