Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program

ART304, Depiction: Illustration + Printmaking:  This studio course explores sequential art and design practices in genres including graphic novels, comic strips and children's books. Students learn relief printmaking and book illustration methods, and create storyboards for animation.

Students learn illustration techniques using both handmade, traditional processes and digital processes. Traditional illustration relies on inking with pens, markers, and brushes, often using tracing paper or a tracing table. Digital processes rely on software such as Adobe Illustrator and Manga Studio, which can either entirely digitally or in conjunction with scanned drawings. 


  • Illustration
  • Bookmaking
  • Printmaking

Students work in three different areas so that they can build skills that allow them to make artwork and designs that might be displayed in a variety of locations, whether it be in an art gallery, book, or website.


  • Pen & Ink
  • Bush & Ink
  • Marker
  • Digital Illustration
  • Relief Printmaking

Illustration styles are often built on particular media, whether it is the fine calligraphic line of a pen with a nib, soft brushstrokes, or the bold definition from makers.


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Manga Studio
  • Large Format Printer
  • Printmaking Press
  • Digital Scanner
  • Mounting Press

Each of these tools affords opportunities to build and polish work.

Key Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of art + design, including visual vocabulary, and technical sensibility towards composition and materials.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of connectivity of a variety of art + design methods, materials, techniques and technologies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of art + design in terms of history, process and theory.
  • Interpret, compare and critique their own and other's work in terms of materials, processes and concepts (demonstrating critical abilities with respect to innovation, craft and sophistication).