This program will prepare graduates
Demonstrate mastery of technical
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various mediums
particularly, but not limited to: graphite, charcoal, watercolor,
acrylic paint, oil paint.
- Demonstrate competence using a wide range of mixed media
applications involving, but not limited to: digital, printmaking,
collage and photography.
- Demonstrate proficiency in figure drawing and anatomy.
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of two-dimensional
composition and theory.
- Master the ability to produce the illusion of three-dimensional
images on a two-dimensional surface, using tonal, and perspective
- Master and employ the use of visual narrative in their
Apply conceptual skills
- Develop a conceptually mature illustration to accompany any
media application through preliminary sketches to presentation
roughs to print-ready finished art.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the preparation of imagery for
publication in any print or digital media.
- Articulately discuss the conceptual and technical properties of
imagery with any persons, either within the visual communications
field or not.
- Illustrate ability to clearly distinguish between the different
fields of illustration; commercial/advertising, editorial, graphic
novel/comics, political cartoon/satire etc.
Demonstrate promotional and professional
- Produce a professional portfolio that demonstrates technical
mastery and individual ‘voice’.
- Demonstrate ability to utilize both photographic and digital
media to build both traditionally printed and/or digital
- Prepare a promotional plan that will facilitate the acquisition
of freelance and/or permanent employment utilizing, but not limited
to: postcards and other mail related promotional endeavors, website
development, portfolio drop-offs and interviews, participation
and/or membership in various illustration/graphic arts guilds,
organizations and networking venues.
- Prepare a record keeping system that chronicles work
confirmation forms, invoices, contracts and tax related
- Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to aid in the understanding
and negotiation of contracts.
Apply values and ethics in illustration
- Demonstrate ethical responsibility in the use of their
- Demonstrate ability to critically examine individual
situations, act ethically, and reflect upon the consequences of
images in society at large.
- Recognize talents as a gift and fulfill social responsibility
to use talent in service to humankind to bring about global
development and peace.
- Demonstrate knowledge and advanced comprehension of typography
and graphic design usong graphic arts software to develop enhance
and archive graphic imagery.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of Art History, both in general
and specifically within illustration and visual
- Analyze and expand mixed media and conceptual horizons,
indicating exposure to the many venues of visual expression
existing outside the illustration field.
Demonstrate Design/Visual Communications
- Demonstrate ability to function in a design field understanding
printing procedures and protocol for any media outlet.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and/or acquire
reference materials both photographically based and digital.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of multi-media approaches to both
representational and non-representational visual expressions.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills, recognizing
and articulating both the role illustration plays within the arts
as a whole and those qualities unique to itself.
- Analyze, discuss and critique any visual image considering its
technical, aesthetic and conceptual properties.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills to articulate
the connection the field has with other disciplines.
- Analyze and demonstrate the crucial role other seemingly
unrelated fields of study have in the development of the student’s
unique, personal visual voice; for example, the sciences.
Demonstrate effective communication
- Effectively communicate, articulate and positively react both
within the visual communications industry and in the
interdisciplinary nature of our global community.
- Demonstrate information and technology literacy by effective
use of the library and communication sciences.
Address issues of personal /socio-cultural
and international awareness
- Demonstrate the development of critical insights into the
student’s and others’ personalities and behaviors and apply
effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- Demonstrate understanding of personal accountability in
relation to the common good.
- Demonstrate recognition, understanding, and respect for the
complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.
Demonstrate effective career planning and
- Demonstrate ability to realistically plan how to implement
their illustrative talents and values into productive, socially
conscious and personally fulfilling careers.
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
1 (888) 9STJOHNS