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

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