At the heart of the Illustration specialisation is the development and merging of creative thought patterns, crafts and narrative methods into an unmistakeable, personal visual language. Furthermore, the students have the opportunity to grapple with the constantly changing illustration market with a view to understanding how and where work driven by their own personal areas of interest finds its place within the market. Be it in the traditional fields of editorial and picture book illustration, in advertising or in topical and self-produced comics, the students define their own individual niches and position themselves within their respective fields.
The dynamic relationship between formal visual language, narrative forms and content creates the foundations for intensive group discussions and one-on-one interviews. Efforts are ultimately directed towards teaching picture makers to develop a self-confident and reflected approach which is capable of stimulating the viewer’s thought processes through the captivating quality of their individual picture worlds in both their free illustrative work and their commissioned work.
A completed bachelor’s degree in illustration is a prerequisite, or another art/design discipline with comparable qualifications. The Illustration specialisation is run by Paolo Friz.