Illustration Program

Turn your passion into a career as an illustrator for film and games

Create compelling narrative art for film, games and publishing

Accelerate your career as a digital illustrator with mentorship from professional artists.

Discover how to create polished art for films, video games and publishing in this online illustration program. With mentorship from artists who have worked with Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Nickelodeon, Warhammer, Warcraft, LucasArts and more, and a curriculum focused on job outcomes, you'll build critical job skills and a portfolio to impress employers.

Benefits of this digital illustration program:

  • Job-focused program and career services
  • Mentorship from professional illustrators
  • Join a supportive online community
  • Financial aid for those who qualify

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Get your career off to a great start!

Hussian College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, (ACCSC).

Advance your career with mentorship from established industry professionals who will share their insights as you build job skills and a polished portfolio to show employers. Inquire today!



Study duration

24 months

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What you'll learn in the illustration program

Get more out of your education with a quality curriculum, career services, live weekly sessions with your industry mentor, plus support, regular events, and networking in our amazing online community. Basic drawing 

Begin your Foundations and Asset Development semester by establishing a solid understanding of color, value, and light.

Look at how physical attributes affect design choices by learning perspective drawing and anatomy, discuss indirect versus direct design briefs, and learn to develop ideas based on the information being given.

As you put theory into practice you will explore Photoshop’s powerful interface and tools and learn time-saving shortcuts.

In Rendering Techniques & Character Drawing, you'll begin with lessons on how light and color affect mood before moving on to the creation of stylized materials and textures.

Discover how to develop an artistic style and apply life drawing and dynamic posing techniques to create and present appealing art.

The Layout, Level Design, & Composition semester covers the fundamentals of environment and set design starting with perspective drawing: the key to creating solid concept art.

Discover how to visualize environments by building matte paintings from scratch, using photo-bashing techniques and the paint-over method to acquire lighting and perspective information from pre-rendered assets.

Discover how to use a human or creature figure to convey the story of your artwork. Explore advanced painting techniques to mimic traditional media, and practice fine art portraiture and digital painting.

Examine how famous artists approached paint handling and gesture. Then experiment with composition to guide viewers to the action, and see how light, color and shape enhance your story. 

The end goal of a successful illustration is to accurately tell a story and sell a product. Explore various commercial markets and learn about creating book covers, card gaming art and marketing art for film and games. Experiment with hand painting, photo-bashing and 3D paint-overs.

Assignments are treated like real commissions with hard deadlines so you learn to work under pressure. 

Discover how to polish and present your portfolio to impress employers, learn how to network and market yourself effectively, and understand how to tap into the hidden job market.

Learn all you need to know to take your visual work and package it up for post-study employment. You'll explore avenues to host your work on industry websites to gain visibility, as well as ways to host work on your own site in a professional manner. 

As a student you also get access to career services to get clear on your career goals, polish your CV/resume and portfolio, write appealing application letters. You'll also get an insight into freelancing: finding work, discussing finances, and applying standards for private client-based work. 

Graduate feeling ready and confident to kick-start your career in this exciting industry!

Equipment & software

For a complete list of program software and minimum computer system requirements please download the Hussian College Catalog. Click the link below and select the catalog for our "Online" campus!

Meet your mentors

All of our mentors are carefully vetted industry professionals who have worked at major studios on feature films and video games. Meet with your mentor each week for a live Q&A call and receive recorded personalized critiques on your assignments. See who you could be learning from!


Need financial aid? See if you qualify

Learn more about your financial aid options, what you may be eligible for, and how to apply.

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