Illustration & Animation


The Illustration & Animation program prepares students to develop and refine methodologies in image making while acquiring an effective use of visual language, and problem solving skills. These qualities prepare them for a variety of existing and emerging professional practices.

Technical skills and techniques, as well as a refined understanding of composition, color and value are developed through the introduction and exploration of traditional and contemporary media. Conceptual problem solving methodologies address theoretical and formal visual challenges that allow students to develop their own visual voice.

Illustration & Animation Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Develop and refine methodologies in image making while acquiring an effective use of visual language, and problem solving skills 
     
  • Understand technologies utilized in the creation, dissemination, documentation, and preservation of works of art  
     
  • Understand composition, color and value are developed through the introduction and exploration of traditional and contemporary media  
     
  • Apply knowledge of the principles of visual organization to conduct formal analysis of artworks  
     
  • Integrate skills in studio practice, theory, analysis, media and technology to address a variety of art problems, independently and in collaboration with others  
     
  • Demonstrate through public exhibition the capability to produce work that embodies a coherent set of artistic and intellectual goals 

Popular Career Paths

Fashion Design: Involves creating apparel and accessories for a company or as an independent designer

Film/Computer Animation: The ability to design visually pleasing animations for a range of mediums

Freelance: Entails utilizing one’s network and resources to contract with individuals, companies, or organizations to complete project-based assignments

Marketing: The ability to analyze behavior and market trends to develop strategies to increase consumer sales and awareness of a brand

Medical and Technical Illustration: Involves the visual translation of complex technical information to support education, medical and life science research, patient care, and more 

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Art Museums
  • Design Firms
  • Fashion Companies
  • Film Companies
  • Large Corporations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Magazine and Newspaper Companies
  • Publishing Companies
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Marketing Departments 

Job and Internship Search Resources

  • Americans for the ARTS - job bank with careers in the arts 
     
  • Creative Hotlist - online search engine geared towards career development in the art fields 
     
  • Coroflot - online resource for the "creative world at work" featuring job listings board,  portfolio advice, groups, and general career advice  
     
  • National Art Education Association - premier electronic recruitment resource for the profession, includes job listings 
     
  • theCreativeloft - job listings for individuals in creative industries  
     
  • Upwork - resource to connect freelancers with job opportunities 

Career Exploration Hub

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.