Associate of Arts (AA) in Illustration

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Associate of Arts (AA) in Illustration

Academy of Art University

The School of Illustration's AA program emphasizes the fundamentals of illustration and offers a balanced approach to classical and digital illustration techniques and ideation skills. Foundational illustration courses focus on figure drawing, anatomy, rendering, and traditional media including charcoal and paint. Digital media courses focus on imagery using both vector and bitmap tools.

AA Illustration Unit Requirements

Major Coursework

  • Core 33 units
  • Major 15 units
  • Liberal Arts 18 units

TOTAL 66 units

AA Illustration Degree Requirements

Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:

  • 2 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

AA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Drawing and Composition

  • Demonstrate basic skills in drawing and composition
  • Use color and value support story and ideas
  • Create thumbnails, comps, and layouts as part of design process

Tools & Technique Execute illustrations using appropriate tools and media Critical Thinking Demonstrate the ability to conduct visual research for inspiration, reference, and accuracy Professional Readiness Produce basic materials required for an entry-level job search Visit to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, The length of the program pertains to graduating in normal time. BY SUBMITTING THIS FORM, I GIVE CONSENT TO ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY TO RECEIVE AUTODIALED AND/OR PRE-RECORDED TELEMARKETING CALLS, AND TEXT MESSAGES, FROM OR ON BEHALF OF ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY AT THE TELEPHONE NUMBER(S) PROVIDED HERE. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY CONSENT IS NOT A CONDITION OF MY RECEIVING SERVICES FROM ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY. ALL CALLS MAY BE RECORDED FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE.

This school offers programs in:
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Last updated March 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
2 years
Full time
873 USD
per unit - 3 units per class.
USA - San Francisco, California
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