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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours Bachelor of Illustration

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

Learn to make great art while making a great living.

Program Overview

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.

Telling stories

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.

Additional information

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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ARTS 10101Illustrative Structural Drawing 1 3
    ILLS 14370Illustrative Life Drawing & Painting 1 3
    ILLS 10101Illustration Conceptual Process 13
    ENGL17889GDComposition and Rhetoric3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 13431             Illustration Conceptual Process 2 3
    ILLS 13691Illustration Life Drawing & Painting 23
    ARTS 16859Illustrative Structural Drawing 2 3
    VDES 19346Illustration Design Principles 23
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 20009 Illustration Concepts 3
    ILLS 29049Illustrative Painting: Colour & Light 3
    ILLS 27288Illustrative Figure Drawing 3
    ILLS 23390Illustration Media Principles 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 27543Illustration Disciplines 1: Visual Methods 3
    ILLS 26686Illustrative Painting: Environment 3
    ILLS 22171Illustrative Drawing: Motion & Environment 3
    ILLS 21788Illustration Media Strategies 3
      Breadth Elective 3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 34179Illustration Disciplines 2: Visual Strategies 3
    ILLS 34763Information Illustration 3
    ILLS 30451 Illustrative Drawing and Painting 3
    DESN37446Graphic Design3
     Breadth Elective3
    COWT 10023 Cooperative Education Internship Forum 3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 32784Illustration Professional Studies 3
    HIST 39267Contemporary Illustration & Commentary3
    ILLS 35591 Advanced Illustration Special Topics3
    ILLS 39070Illustrative Drawing and Painting Explorations 3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15
    COWT 18888Internship 
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 41975Advanced Illustration  3
    BUSM 48708Illustration Entrepreneurial Studies 3
    ILLS 45495Illustrative Narrative3
    ILLS 48448Illustration Workshop 1 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ILLS 49999  Illustration Thesis 3
    ILLS 40146 Illustration Portfolio Project 3
    ILLS 42248 Illustration Narrative Strategies3
    ILLS 43314Illustration Workshop 2 3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)

plus

  • 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

or

  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average

Applicant Selection

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.

Ministry Consent

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 Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

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

  • Advertising
  • Bio-medical
  • Broadcast entertainment
  • Computer gaming/concept art
  • Graphic design (including web design)
  • Graphic novels/comics
  • Publishing

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Co-op

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Completion

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Learning Outcomes

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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Internship

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 Cooperative Education and Internships at Sheridan.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Program Fees

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 2021–2022 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.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 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. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$9,774.97
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$27,489.97

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

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.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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Sheridan’s new Bachelor of Experiential Design is the first degree of its kind in Canada, teaching holistic approaches to wayfinding, public installation, placemaking, exhibition design, themed environments and event design. Our internationally recognized faculty, deep industry connections and renowned creative culture provide the ideal foundation for this ground-breaking program.

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree
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Sep 2021 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Closed

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