Associate of Arts in Illustration
Academy of Art University

Program Details

The Associate of Arts in Illustration is an online fashion degree for students interested in telling stories through pictures.  Available from one of the best fashion schools, Academy of Art University, this degree is the first step towards becoming a graphic novelist, comic book artist, concept artist, interactive illustrator, advertising illustrator, and more.  Designed for those with imagination, the curriculum offers modern technology and keeps current with industry standards and needs for those interested in developing skills of ideation, drawing, and composition.  Students learn the fundamentals of illustration with an approach that balances classical and digital illustration techniques and ideation skills.  You will take courses that focus on figure drawing, anatomy, rendering, and traditional media. 

Graduates are familiar with:

  • Charcoal 
  • Paint
  • Vector tools
  • Bitmap
  • Creating thumbnails


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • All official transcript(s), including from any other universities or learning institutions you've attended

School Accreditation Statement

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

WASC Senior College and University Commission