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Concept Art

Program Description

Concept artists develop the initial visual concepts (characters, props, vehicles, environments) from a script or creative brief. They set the tone and style of the work, giving life to an abstract idea. Concept art is used as a reference point throughout a project's development. This concentration focuses on 2D illustration, as well as basic 3D modelling and illustration in other fields such as children's books, technical drawing, and more.

Course Requirements


ENG 120 Expository Writing (English Composition 1)

ENG 220 Writing About Literature (English Composition 2)

COM 2404 Interpersonal Communication (Individual & Society)

RUSS 293 Folklore: A Comparative Study (World Cultures & Global Issues)

HIS 3209 History of Technology (US History)

CHEM 1012 Chemistry in the Arts and Archaeology (Scientific World)

ART 109 Observation and the Visual Experience (Creative Expression)

MATH 101 College Algebra [or higher] (Math)

Any Lab Science Course

Any Additional Flexible Core


SCI 31106 Game Design 1

SCI 31921 Games and Their History: Game Systems Analysis

SCI 31920 Intro to Game Programming

SCI 31923 Game Programming 2 HIM 210 Intro to Spreadsheets


SCI 31924 Level Design

DESN 221 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator 

ART 321 Computer Modeling and Design I

ART 322 Computer Modeling and Design II

COMD 1100 Graphic Design Principles l

COMD 1123 Foundation Drawing

COMD 1162 Raster and Vector Graphics

COMD 1223 Figure Drawing

COMD 3133 Illustration I: Basic Principles

COMD 3513 Narrative Illustration

COMD 3633 Adv Strategies in Illustration

COMD 3523 Storyboard Concepts

COMD 3413 Character Design

ART 200 Drawing

ART 201 Life Drawing 

ART 300 Advanced Drawing

ART 301 Advanced Life Drawing


Any courses from 3D concentrations or electives.

Featured Course Descriptions

COMD 3633 - Advanced Strategies in Illustration

Strategies for creating professional illustrations based on a rotating series of topics relevant to contemporary professional illustration. Topics and strategies include: digital concept art (production art, card art, genre, etc.), children's book illustrations (research, pitch, marketing, layout, etc.), editorial. Students use both digital and traditional media.

COMD 3513 – Narrative Illustration

Sequential art and graphic narrative are developed from concept to finish. A variety of wet and dry media is explored. Assignments reflect the diversity of the marketplace: editorial illustration and social commentary, illustration of books, poems, magazine articles, short stories, posters, book jackets, annual reports, etc. Good drawing, painting, design, compositional skills, and conceptual ability are emphasized

ART 301 - Advanced Life Drawing

Historical and contemporary approaches to distortion, foreshortening, multi-figure composition, and value-structures with the human figure.

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