Drawing & Illustration

Experiment across disciplines

At Herron, you’ll push boundaries through continual exploration. You can explore different approaches to storytelling by experimenting with photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The resulting experiences will provide a framework for your artistic development.

Cultivate your creative voice

You will learn how to process everything – ideas, concepts, messages – through your own unique perspective, born out of your experiences and tastes, and an ever-evolving sense of style that you will invent and develop over time.

I've just loved every semester. I really enjoy character development, creating otherworldly environments, and bringing my imagination to the drawing table.

Maggie Richter (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '17)

Student work

Clockwise from top: Rafael Caro, Dance Legend Clifford, 2019. Spray paint and acrylic on plywood. Megan Linville, Self Portrait, 2020. Mixed media. Sarah Katherine Carton, Midnight Crooner (detail), 2017. Acrylic, graphite, link, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artists

A student cuts pieces of denim fabric.

Foundation studies

Your first year at Herron focuses on skills that are crucial to your success in art and design school. You will explore basic principles and techniques, as well as your own historical, cultural, and personal influences as an artist or designer.

Learn more about foundation studies


Our facilities are equipped with the latest equipment and technology, and you have your choice of studio spaces to bring your creations to life in many forms, whether through the medium of 3-D printing, sculpture, or photography.

  • Light tables
  • Digital labs
  • Digitizing tablets
  • Shooting studio
  • LCD projectors
  • Critique rooms
  • Individual studios
  • In-house gallery space

Professional opportunities

Graduates of Herron’s drawing and illustration program are prepared to communicate ideas for an array of professional work, including in-house and freelance illustration as well as design. As a skilled storyteller, you will emerge ready to launch a career in nearly any field – from advertising to video games.

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Children's book illustrator
  • Editorial illustrator
  • Animator
  • Illustration agent
  • Comic artist or graphic novelist
  • Storyboard or concept artist
  • Set or exhibition designer
  • Toy or product designer
  • Surface designer
  • Packaging designer
  • Scientific or technical illustrator
  • Museum worker
  • Freelance artist or designer
  • Educator