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Learn to make great art while making a great living.
Our curriculum prepares you for the real world
- Learn all types of illustration, from traditional disciplines (such as painting and drawing) to digital technologies (such as web design and motion graphics).
- Take more Illustration courses than most programs.
- Get professional experience during a 14-week work term.
- Develop illustrations that inform, entertain and persuade.
Standing out in a crowded marketplace
Illustration students at Sheridan explore both traditional and digital media. You'll also develop a visual philosophy to go along with your technical mastery. This broad-based approach will enable you to apply your Illustration degree across a wide range of career paths, while preparing you to adapt to exciting developments in visual communication.
Illustration technology is constantly evolving, but the core skill — the ability to tell stories and communicate ideas visually — never changes. In Sheridan's Illustration bachelor's degree program, you'll learn to create compelling imagery that stands out and makes an impact.
Sheridan's Bachelor of Illustration degree program includes a 14-week work placement between the third and fourth years. Our office will help you arrange your placement, which may be located as far away as New York City or Europe.
You'll also develop a workplace-ready portfolio and website.
Bachelor of Illustration degree courses take place at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS ARTS 10101 Illustrative Structural Drawing 1 3 ILLS 14370 Illustrative Life Drawing & Painting 1 3 ILLS 10101 Illustration Conceptual Process 1 3 ENGL17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 13431 Illustration Conceptual Process 2 3 ILLS 13691 Illustration Life Drawing & Painting 2 3 ARTS 16859 Illustrative Structural Drawing 2 3 VDES 19346 Illustration Design Principles 2 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 20009 Illustration Concepts 3 ILLS 29049 Illustrative Painting: Colour & Light 3 ILLS 27288 Illustrative Figure Drawing 3 ILLS 23390 Illustration Media Principles 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 27543 Illustration Disciplines 1: Visual Methods 3 ILLS 26686 Illustrative Painting: Environment 3 ILLS 22171 Illustrative Drawing: Motion & Environment 3 ILLS 21788 Illustration Media Strategies 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 34179 Illustration Disciplines 2: Visual Strategies 3 ILLS 34763 Information Illustration 3 ILLS 30451 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 3 DESN37446 Graphic Design 3 Breadth Elective 3 COWT 10023 Cooperative Education Internship Forum 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 32784 Illustration Professional Studies 3 HIST 39267 Contemporary Illustration & Commentary 3 ILLS 35591 Advanced Illustration Special Topics 3 ILLS 39070 Illustrative Drawing and Painting Explorations 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15 COWT 18888 Internship
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 41975 Advanced Illustration 3 BUSM 48708 Illustration Entrepreneurial Studies 3 ILLS 45495 Illustrative Narrative 3 ILLS 48448 Illustration Workshop 1 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS ILLS 49999 Illustration Thesis 3 ILLS 40146 Illustration Portfolio Project 3 ILLS 42248 Illustration Narrative Strategies 3 ILLS 43314 Illustration Workshop 2 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
Courses subject to change.
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Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)
- One Grade 11 or 12 Visual Arts credit at the (M) or Open level
- Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
- Minimum 65% overall average
- Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average
Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), and the results of their portfolio assessment. There is a portfolio assessment fee.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a further seven-year term starting July 19, 2013 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Illustration program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
Many illustrators develop highly successful freelance careers. Sheridan prepares students for self-employment by teaching business and marketing skills. Learn to pitch an idea, assemble a dynamic portfolio presentation, manage copyrights, and how to run a small business.
Sample Career Fields
- Broadcast entertainment
- Computer gaming/concept art
- Graphic design (including web design)
- Graphic novels/comics
Critical Performance Statement:
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to create a body of technically competent and visually compelling Illustration that is culturally informed and reflects the individual voice. Furthermore, they will have demonstrated the ability to apply the entrepreneurial skills required to sustain a professional practice in a rapidly changing global market place.
A graduate of the Illustration Applied Degree program will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Create illustrations from the development of the original concept to final execution.
- Apply theories and principles of design and communication to the development of effective illustrations.
- Communicate visually using drawing as a means of visual exploration, idea analysis, problem solving and expression of thought.
- Use a variety of technologies to create, capture and manipulate illustration elements in producing a final product.
- Work in a professional manner, maintaining professional relationships and communicating effectively with clients, coworkers, supervisors, and others.
- Apply appropriate and effective business practices when dealing with clients.
This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.
Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.
Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.
Learn more about Co-operative Education and Internships at Sheridan.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$10,000.02
Fees for International students$26,269.02
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Full-time 4 years Program code: PBAAI
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