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Drawing and Illustration

  • Art Major (B.S. degree) with Drawing/Illustration concentration
    Focus on your skill. Make time for your art each day. Create your own projects or respond to the thoughts and ideas of others. Be persistent. Become the artist you want to be.
  • We are here to help you nurture and grow the artist within you while preparing for your professional career.

    Develop your own expression as you learn the basic techniques. Study the history of art and the work of noted artists. Explore the abstract, representational, experimental and conceptual facets of drawing and illustration. Create graphics to enhance or explain the meaning of a writer’s text.

    With a concentration in drawing/illustration, find the freedom to work in a variety of media – pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastels, or even computer software. Discover the nuances of shapes, perspective and color theory. Develop your skills with figures, still life and gesture drawing.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study advanced figure studies, printmaking, advanced drawing.
    • Review your portfolio with art professors during your sophomore year.
    • Minor in marketing, and develop your skills in promoting and selling your work.
    • Create and showcase an exhibit of your artwork.
    • Work in the studio classes or on your own.
    • Learn from professors who are also working artists.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Learn about budgeting and adjusting for reality. Collaborate with other departments on design projects, such as:

    • “Tygr” literary magazine with the Department of English and Modern Languages department
    • Graphic design with the Department of Engineering 
    • Redesign of mobile bus with School of Education and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

    Volunteer to be part of the annual Homecoming for Kids. Plan and lead hands-on art activities for children under age 10 while earning practicum hours.

    Plan and be part of community art projects. Students recently created a mural for a homeless shelter in Kankakee. They first sketched it, then painted it — giving their opinions, combining their ideas, working as a team.

    Enjoy class trips to Chicago – gallery visits, gallery talks, insights into careers in art, tours of the Art Institute of Chicago, and so much more.

    We encourage all students to be part of a study abroad program, such as the Council for Christian Colleges and University’s Best Semester program. Expand your knowledge and deepen your understand of other countries and cultures.

    Most students complete internships and/or externships. During the academic year, work on campus. Discover off-campus opportunities to pursue over the summer. Get credit, get paid and get job experience.


    You might be interested in a career in drawing and illustration if you: 

    • are creative and observant
    • want to work in a nontraditional sector of the workforce
    • see the world differently
    • are right-brained
    • enjoy using a variety of media and techniques to create your artwork
    • work in digital format as well as two-dimensional art forms
    • easily tell stories using pictures
    • are patient and strongly motivated by your love of your art

    Possible careers include: book illustrator, video game illustrator, medical illustrator, scientific illustrator, cartoonist, sketch artist, multimedia artist, storyboard artist, graphic artist, comic book illustrator, poster artist

    Freshman Art Scholarship Form

    Drawing/Illustration concentration is part of the Department of Art and Digital Media within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Augment your natural, artistic ability with the skills and knowledge you need to build a successful career.

  • Department Faculty

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    Scott Dombrowski

    William Greiner

    Mary Beth Koszut

    Gary Thomas

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