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Illustration Major

As an aspiring illustrator, you enjoy in-depth research on a variety of topics, like to critically analyze problems and find innovative and appropriate solutions, are self-motivated and meet deadlines, and possess ambition, drive and passion. 

MIAD’s Illustration program will prepare you to be a professional illustrator by teaching you the language of visual communication with an emphasis on creative problem solving.

You’ll gain real-world experience by working with outside clients and make professional connections through internships and the 91fansLubar Innovation Center. In Illustration, you’ll create a professional portfolio of work that integrates image and text within design contexts and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the roles of illustrator, art director and designer.



Juliana Dutcher, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Jordan Willert, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Benjamin Hoffman, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

student unknown, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Margot McConnell, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Malachi Middlebrooks, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Margot McConnell, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Nikki Ranney, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2022

Lindsey Yeager, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2021

Bowen Schultz, Illustration Senior Exhibition, 2021

Our Curriculum

You will work in a variety of media, from traditional to digital and motion graphics, to create a personal style that distinguishes your work formally and conceptually. Our faculty and curriculum will prepare you for a professional life that will be varied, challenging and rewarding.

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In 2021, Animation Career Review ranked MIAD’s program #1 in Wisconsin and among the top 10 in the Midwest. Our grads work for animation shops across the country, own illustration studios, marketing and branding firms, and UI/UX agencies, work in costume design at Walt Disney Animation and are Emmy award winners. Their work has appeared in Time, The New Yorker, Variety, on HBO and Amazon Studios, for Nike, Converse and Kohl’s (to name a few). Since 2021, 32 91fansstudent illustrators were selected for awards in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition and Exhibition.

Companies where 91fansillustration graduates are employed or own:

Kohl’s Corporation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company Studio8Design, Kohler Company, Hanson Dodge Creative, Rockwell Automation, Hallmark, 4Design, Estee Lauder, THIEL Design, and more.

What Can I do with my Major?



Book Illustrator

Costume Designer
Comic Book Artist
Creative Director

Digital Designer


Editorial Designer

Fantasy Illustrator
Fashion Illustrator

Game Designer
Graphic Designer
Greeting Card Designer

Interaction Designer

Multimedia Designer

Package Designer
Publication Designer
Puppet Designer

Scenic Designer
Scientific Illustrator
Sign Designer
Storyboard Artist


Tattoo Artist
Technical Illustrator
Toy Designer

UI/UX Designer

Web Designer