Illustration Major (M)

Addressing the whole student - body, mind and spirit, the purposes of the Art Program are 1) to nourish the senses (particularly the visual and tactile) in order to make the student more perceptive and visually responsive to life experiences and visual phenomena; 2) to cultivate the mind to design and solve problems through manipulating media in search of elegant, aesthetic and technically proficient solutions; and 3) to encourage and support Christian faith and practice by exploring the intersection of the visual arts and Christianity and leading the student through digital processes that translate intangible substance (concepts and emotions) into tangible material. It is a purpose of the Concordia University Program in Art to produce graduates who, as people of faith, are diligent, reflective, compassionate, highly skilled, visually articulate, and successful in their lives and in their vocation.

The Illustration Major consists of 61 credit hours of course work, 15 of which are completed through a cooperative program with the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). MIAD is just a 25-minute drive from our Mequon Campus and offers the very latest in illustration concepts and technologies. To enroll in MIAD courses, students must have a 3.50 minimum GPA in all prior course work in the major. Successful candidates for the Illustration Major should have exceptional drawing ability. In addition to the 45-credit Liberal Arts core and required courses listed below, all Illustration Majors are encouraged to complete requirements for a minor. An animation minor is strongly recommended to help students develop the skills they will need to channel their talents into a successful career. Program requirements include purchase of a Mac laptop (available at reduced prices via

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Describe relationships that exist between the visual arts and the Christian faith;
  • Formulate and creatively solve visual problems.
  • Communicate effectively in a range of media.
  • Apply appropriate historical knowledge in the creation, description and analysis of works of visual art. Art and design are viewed as technical, spiritual/philosophical, and social endeavors.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility relative to observational drawing, composition, and the manipulation of visual arts media, including appropriate computer/digital applications.
  • Evaluate personal art work and the art work of others.
  • Selflessly share gifts and skills with others through teaching, community activities, and volunteerism.
  • Prepare documents/artifacts and practice strategies to seek employment or to advance in a chosen field.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements
Concordia Required Courses43
MIAD Required Courses12
CUW or MIAD Major Electives 6
Minor: Optional (18 Credits Minimum)
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Courses (Concordia Campus)
ART 1112-D Composition3
ART 130Digital Photography I3
ART 145Drawing for Art Majors3
ART 245Drawing II:Assorted Media3
ART 246Color & Media Dynamics3
ART 265Painting I3
ART 282Typography I3
ART 285Art History I3
ART 286Art History II3
ART 345Drawing III (or IL 214 Figure Drawing for Illustrators - MIAD course)3
ART 365Painting II: Watercolor3
ART 450Senior Portfolio/Exhibition1
GD 110Graphic Design I3
GD 111Graphic Design II3
GD 460Graphic Outlook-Practicum I3
Electives CUW or MIAD6
Required Courses (MIAD Campus)
IL 210Illustration I3
IL 211Illustration II3
IL 212Illustration Media3
IL 310Illustration III3
Total Hours61