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Bachelor's in Illustration

At Indiana Wesleyan University, we pride ourselves on offering an enriching Bachelor of Arts in Illustration program that prepares students for the dynamic field of visual storytelling. This illustration degree via IWU Marion is not just about learning to draw or paint; it's an immersive journey into the innovative practice of bringing imagination to life through artistic collaboration. As you embark on this educational path, you'll engage in a creative partnership with our faculty, a process that emphasizes the importance of drawing, painting, and design in crafting imagery that complements and enhances written narratives.

Our Illustration major is designed to equip you with the skills needed to navigate both traditional and digital media landscapes, ensuring you're well-prepared for the challenges of pictorial application. Through this program, you will cultivate your unique signature style, gain aesthetic competence, and develop the ability to create convincing, imaginative works that communicate effectively in the global marketplace. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this Illustration Major Program?

Expect to delve deep into the art of visual storytelling, where you'll learn to harness your creativity to produce work that resonates with audiences. You'll explore the technicalities of drawing, painting, and digital art, all while developing a keen understanding of how these elements serve the larger purpose of narrative illustration. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire, fostering an environment where your artistic talents can flourish.

As part of Indiana Wesleyan University, one of the fastest-growing Christian universities in the country, you'll experience more than just academic growth. You'll join a community where education is intertwined with faith, encouraging you to explore and understand God's grand design for your life. Our goal is for you to leave our program not just as a skilled illustrator but as a visionary ready to make a meaningful impact in the world.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Illustration Program

Coursework for your illustration degree covers:

  • Essential techniques in empirical drawing, color theory, and representational painting, along with modern practices in computer illustration, preparing them for a versatile career in illustration
  • Courses in composition and storyboarding, thematic illustration, and design fundamentals, where students will develop the ability to craft compelling stories and communicate ideas visually in both traditional and digital formats
  • A deeper understanding of the historical and cultural influences on art, enriching their creative practice and perspective
  • The creation of a senior portfolio and the opportunity to participate in a senior exhibit, providing students with practical experience in presenting their work professionally and preparing them for a successful career in the field of illustration

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Graphic Designers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Mapping Technicians
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Fashion Designers
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Art Directors
  • Advertising Sales Agents
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Craft Artists

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
Completion Requirements
  • Completion of at least 124 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a major GPA of 2.25 or higher or as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
6 Hours of Foreign Language

Foreign Language requirement - all students will be required to take 6 hours of a foreign language at the college level. The following exceptions and guidelines will be used to implement the 6-hour foreign language requirement:

  • Students for whom English is a second language will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who have completed four years of a high school foreign language with no grade below a "C" will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who pass a foreign language competency test at a level equivalent to four semesters of a single language (Intermediate 2) will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who pass a foreign language competency test at a level equivalent to three semesters of a single language (Intermediate 1) will be exempt from 3 hours of the 6-hour foreign language requirement and will satisfy the other 3 hours by completing the Intermediate 2 course.
  • Students will be allowed to transfer college credit hours to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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