Profiles of Illustration Degrees, Programs & Schools


Pennsylvania has an amazing history filled with so many firsts, you’ll lose count! The first piano was built here in 1775, the first presidential mansion is in Philadelphia, the first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia in 1784, and the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh. The Keystone State is also a pioneer when it comes to technology. Yes, Philadelphia is home to the first computer! Pennsylvania was even the first state to list its website URL on a license plate.

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Illustration Schools in Georgia

Today’s illustrators have a variety of career fields to choose from. They can work for an animation or film studio, an ad agency, graphic design firm, publisher, or even in criminal justice, medicine, or science. Just a few job titles include advertising illustrator, editorial illustrator, courtroom illustrator, medical or technical illustrator, fine artist, storyboard artist, and graphic designer. Fortunately, the State of Georgia is home to a variety of creative agencies, publishers and more, so graduates of the state’s finest art programs will have of plenty of opportunities to choose from.

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Illustration Schools in Michigan

The scenic State of Michigan is surrounded by four Great Lakes—Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie. Visitors will find more than 3,000 miles of gorgeous coastline in Michigan, and unusual places that can only be created by nature such as the world’s largest limestone quarry in Rogers City. The state is also home to the world’s largest cement plant, the earth’s longest freshwater shoreline, and the largest commercial deposit of copper in the world. With so many unusual places, breathtaking scenery, and major art museums such as The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art, it’s not surprising that more than 48,00 artists, designers, media professionals and more call Michigan home.

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Washington State is home to some of the “artsiest” cities in the country. Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Vancouver are just a few. Seattle is home to renowned art venues such as Seattle Art Museum and Frye Art Museum, while Tacoma is home to the progressive Tacoma Art Museum. Spokane is home to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, while Vancouver is home to so many art galleries you’ll lose count. 

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Illustration Schools in New Jersey

From animators and filmmakers to fine artists and graphic designers, New Jersey has a lot to offer creatives of all kinds. First, a number of cities and towns have provided the perfect backdrop for films such as The Dark Knight Rises (2012), War of the Worlds (2005), Garden State (2004), Catch Me If You Can (2002), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Cop Land (1997), The Godfather III (1990), Goodfellas (1990) Men in Black (1997), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), On the Waterfront (1954), and many others.

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Illustration Schools in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is one of the oldest states in the U.S. It is home to the first public park in America—Boston Common, the city of Boston built the country’s first subway system (not New York), the very first basketball game was played in Springfield, and the first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth (1621). With so much history, it is not surprising that Massachusetts is also home to the oldest university in the U.S.—Harvard University, and many other prestigious (and historic) schools. Just a few include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Amherst College, and Wellesley College.

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Illustration Schools in Illinois

The State of Illinois is no stranger to firsts. The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago and Des Plaines, Illinois is home to the world’s very first 'McDonald’s'. The state is home to one of the world’s largest public libraries, and one of the world’s largest shopping districts—Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Ok, so Illinois is home to lots of big things, but when it comes to education, the list gets even bigger. 

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Illustration Schools in Texas September 16, 2015


Forbes says Houston is America’s Coolest City. Austin is at the top of the list of cities with the best street art and Dallas is home to amazing architecture and some of the nation’s most visited art venues. Texas’s second largest city, San Antonio has an emerging contemporary art scene that attracts spectators from around the world. Yes, Texas has one of the best art and culture scenes in the country, and fine artists such as illustrators have taken notice. Thanks to all that Texas has to offer artists, the state is now home to 110,390 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations.

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School of Visual Arts

Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Cartooning, Computer Art, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Computer Art

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $35,000; Graduate $39,200 (digital art) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Tuition does not include undergraduate fees of $640-$1,340 (depending on the program) per semester or graduate fees of $1,500 per semester (depending on the program).

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Illustration Schools in New York

Today’s illustrators have to have more than talent. They have to be innovative, confident and even tech savvy. In fact, according to the Bureau pf Labor Statistics, “increasingly, illustrators use computers in their work. They might draw in pen and pencil and then scan the image into a computer to be colored in, or use a special pen to draw images directly onto the computer.”

As such, today’s aspiring illustrators may find themselves working for a top technology firm, a law enforcement agency, science lab, medical institute, in the academic arena or even an engineering company. However, more common careers for illustrators include advertising, publishing, filmmaking, political cartoons, animation, and gaming. Whether in science and engineering or entertainment, aspiring illustrators in the State of New York will find just about every type of illustration job they can think of, and then some. 

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