Undergraduate Degree




DV2002 Illustration for Designers

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

Students will be delivered the basic practice-based skill and idea-based understanding of how to read and formulate illustrations.


This course equips students with the necessary skills needed to conceptualize and develop design-based illustration for communication design. Students are encouraged to extend their own interest in drawing as well as to manipulate visual media in order to develop a unique illustrative style and voice. The range of illustrated narratives will be explored to further strengthen the students visual vocabulary.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Introduction to illustration for designers: Context and Practice

• Introduction to the tools and media of illustration

• Research methodologies of illustration

• Illustration and context I: Illustrating for client

• Develop presentation skills

• Introduce prepress preparation


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Discuss and critique illustration the personal voice 

• Prepare an illustration portfolio


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have been introduced to the forms and ideas of illustration practice. The students will have developed the beginnings of a personal voice within the practice of illustration.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Lawrence Zeegen, Crush, The fundamentals of Illustration, AVA Publishing

  2. Lawrence Zeegen, Digital Illustration: a Master Class in Creative Image-Making, Rotovision

  3. Angus Hyland, Roanne Bell, Contemporary Illustration, Collins Design