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Communication Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts with a concentration in scientific illustration

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About the Program

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts with a concentration in scientific illustration program explore the powerful and timeless relationship between art, narrative and science through drawing. If you are interested in developing the artistic skills and visual communication strategies necessary to effectively present complex and detailed scientific information, this may be the program for you.

Upon entering the program, you’ll combine art and design courses with science courses to develop a broad base of scientific understanding and refined artistic aptitude. Courses you’ll take include figure drawing, 3D modeling, scientific illustration, digital drawing, and mixed-media illustration.

The scientific illustration coursework is nearly identical to the traditional BFA; however, the concentration requires additional biology and chemistry courses.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Basic Human Anatomy
  • Drawing Studies: The Figure Observed
  • Scientific Illustration
  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Digital Drawing

Our alumni are:

  • Scientific Illustrators
  • 3D modelers and animators
  • Concept artists

art foundation

The Art Foundation program (AFO) is the required first year for all undergraduate programs in the visual art and design departments. It provides you with an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. AFO is designed to help you foster an enthusiasm for your work and the means to reflect analytically and critically. Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all visual arts and design departments: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, and Sculpture + Extended Media.

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