Online Illustration Degree

Online Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Illustrate your creative side. Creating an artistic vision with illustration is a powerful tool in the hands of a skilled illustrator. Whether created by pencil, brush, or stylus, it is the illustrator who decides what that vision is with each line, stroke by stroke. 

Online Illustration Program Overview

As a student in the Online Illustration Program, you’ll be learning not only the technical aspects of illustration, but will explore the business practices that allow you to be successful in the industry. You’ll be taught by experienced online faculty who are also working professionals in the field of illustration. They’ll help you define your artistic style and establish yourself as an illustrator.

When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and confidence that allow you to deliver your artistic message across all barriers and cultures.

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Online Illustration Program Highlights

Innovative Storytelling

Students demonstrate proficiency in storytelling and communication.

Traditional + New Media

Students demonstrate proficiency in technical skills, using traditional and digital media.

Drawing Mastery

Students demonstrate proficiency in value and drawing skills, using traditional and digital media.

Composition Theory

Students demonstrate proficiency in composition.

Self Promotion

Students demonstrate an understanding of professional practice in Illustration.

Portfolio Development

Students demonstrate an understanding of professional practice in Illustration.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Online Illustration Degree Requirements

The virtual learning setting is perfect for self-motivated individuals who thrive in an independent learning environment. For students in RMCAD’s Online Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Illustration Program, the curriculum is structured to ensure students receive exceptional online instruction in the technical, conceptual, and business aspects of illustration to build a unique portfolio that demonstrates a strong and diverse skill set.

Tech + Tools

Students seeking RMCAD’s Bachelors Degree in the Online Illustration Program can expect:

  • Consistent interaction and communication with faculty
  • Access to industry standard software
  • Personal one-on-one online instruction

Our students understand that regardless of whether they attend an on-campus program, or are in an online degree-seeking program, they’ll receive the kind of academic and personal support that sets up their future for success!  


Illustration Careers

RMCAD Illustration graduates are launching exciting careers. When you have a RMCAD Online Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration, you have the opportunity to pursue the following creative paths.

Potential Career Paths

Student Work + Success

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Red Shoe Awards

Every year, the RMCAD Illustration Department hosts this juried competition. The title Red Shoe Awards is a tribute to the department’s Red Shoe Guild. Student work is exhibited and judged by a panel of experts.

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Illustration Faculty

RMCAD’s Online Illustration Program staff is invested in your future and to helping you achieve your personal goals as an artist. You’ll get a quality online education with the support of our experienced team by your side ready to collaborate!

Illustration Events

Ready to color outside the lines? Check out the latest happenings in the world of Illustration at our next event!

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