Illustration & Animation Curriculum


The BFA in Design, Illustration & Animation program consist of a carefully-arranged sequence of courses that follow a four-year track from the fall semester of a student's year of admission to the program. 

The curriculum listed below is subject to change and each student's path to graduation is unique. Students should meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester to ensure proper enrollment and track to graduation.

First year - Fall
CourseHours
BDS 101: Think and Make I3
BDS 103: Drawing for Design3
HA 150/160: Western Art History3
KU Core Social Science3
English 101: Composition3
First year - Spring
CourseHours
ILLU 200: Foundations in Illustration3
VISC 200: Foundations in Typography3
ADS 340: History & Philosophy of Design3
DRWG 213: Life Drawing I3
ENGL 102 or ENGL 1053
ADS 320: KU Design Lecture Series1
Second Year - Fall
CourseHours
ILLU 205: Drawing Media for Illustration3
ILLU 315: Intro to Illustration3
PNTG 263: Painting I or PHTO Elective3
HA Elective Requirement3
ENGL 203, 205, 209, 210 or 2113
ADS 320: KU Design Lecture Series1
Second Year - Spring
CourseHours
ILLU 405: Drawing Media for Illustration II3
ILLU 410: Fundamentals of Animation4
PNTG 263: Painting I or PHTO Elective3
HA 151/161: Western Art Hist. (Renais.-Contemp.)3
KU Core Quantitative Literacy3
ADS 320: KU Design Lecture Series1
Third Year - Fall
CourseHours
ILLU 415: Illustration Concepts4
ILLU 425: Concept Art4
ADS 401: Ethics in Design3
KU Core Human Diversity3
ADS 320: KU Design Lecture Series1
Third Year - Spring
CourseHours
ILLU 435: Sequence & Narrative Illustration4
ILLU 445: Advanced Concept Art3
Professional Studies Requirement3
Academic Concentration Requirement3
KU Core Oral Communication3
Capstone Year - Fall
CourseHours
ILLU 510: Advanced Animation4
ILLU 535: Promo and Marketing for Illustration I3
Academic Concentration Requirement3
KU Core Natural Science3
Capstone Year - Spring
CourseHours
ILLU 545: Promo and Marketing for Illustration II4
Professional Studies Requirement3
Academic Concentration Requirement3
General Elective Requirement3