Illustration department at PAFA connects its strong fine arts traditions to 21st-century digital and storytelling skills, empowering students to succeed as both creators and entrepreneurs.

Illustration students develop skills in storytelling, visual communication, and entrepreneurship. Their training includes building strong foundational skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking—a core PAFA philosophy that has launched generations of PAFA artists and illustrators from Maxfield Parrish and Violet Oakley, to Don Martin and Kate Samworth.

This dynamic program also connects students to established illustration professionals through lectures, hands-on critiques, demonstrations, and workshops.

Illustration students use the mediums of paintinglife drawingprintmaking, figure sculpture, artistic anatomy, print media and the digital arts to develop and communicate their personal artistic vision through individual and collaborative art-making and storytelling.

Graduates of the program will be equipped with the tools to launch careers in fields including animation, book and magazine illustration, graphic novels, poster and storyboard art, medical illustration, and many other arts and design-related professions.

Courses in the program include the History of Illustration, Visual Narration, Narrative and Sequential Drawing, Illustration Methods, Digital Imaging, Letterpress and Book Arts, Business Practices of Art, and courses with master illustrators such as David Wiesner and E.B. Lewis.

  Illustration Department Curriculum