Illustration Major

Illustration majors study at George Fox, a top Christian college.

Illustration majors at George Fox cultivate a distinct personal approach to constructing illustrations while developing versatile image-making skills to support the wide-ranging communication needs of clients.

Entrepreneurial Artists

Contemporary illustrators are sometimes known as artistic entrepreneurs, since their practices range from editorial work, self-directed projects and exhibition to merchandise design and much more. Our faculty of working professionals guide students through curriculum in traditional media, digital tools and portfolio building that prepares them to pursue work and contracts as practicing freelance professionals.

Whether sitting at an easel or working with a Wacom tablet, our students develop creative problem-solving abilities and authorial voices, and learn to translate ideas into visual forms.

Professional Preparation

In order to be professionally prepared, an emphasis is placed on the kinds of visual innovations, storytelling and technical precision that are required for creating images suitable for reproduction and distribution. Students break outside the boundaries of a piece of paper as they complement their traditional art core with explorations in digital and time-based media.

Traditional and Digital Tools

Traditional media, digital tools and concept development are incorporated throughout the curriculum and lead students to success. With an ability to paint, draw and craft digital images, students graduate ready to illustrate books, create surface designs for products, deliver imagery suitable for web or game development, produce character and concept art, and much more.

Request more information about the illustration major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Internships

Illustration majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment as a craft or fine artist is expected to grow 6 percent between 2016 and 2026, and roles for multimedia artists are growing at 8 percent. The Portland metro region is well-known for its thriving arts community, bringing in millions of dollars annually and supporting a significant population of artists.

  • Freelance illustrator
  • Children’s book designer
  • Lettering artist
  • Comic book or graphic novel illustrator
  • Concept artist
  • Editorial illustrator
  • Technical illustrator
  • Medical illustrator
  • Storyboard artist
  • Cartoonist
  • Color specialist
  • Production artist
  • Brand illustrator
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • The Pivot Group
  • Bank of America
  • Nike
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Code Monkeys, Web & Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Hannah Anderson
  • Asterix Creative
  • Nordstrom
  • Anthropologie
  • Contemporary Craft Museum
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Iridio, Photographic Services
  • Climax Industries
  • Mural Project: A community mural project that included community engagement, city council presentation and production
  • Glass Project: A public works project producing glass installation for new buildings on campus
  • Tiny Home Village: Working in coordination with North Valley Friends Church to create plans and a vision for a tiny home village that offers low-income housing
  • Community Art & Design Workshop: Teaching high school students art and design
  • George App: Conceive, develop and present an app to serve students at George Fox by replacing clunky existing web systems on campus.

Student Experiences

Caitlyn Connor (’19)

“The art department is a close-knit community that has really made me feel ‘known.’ The faculty really do want the student to succeed and care if we learn skills that will help us in our professional careers. I have learned how to translate words into visual stories and have realized how valuable it is to be able to take a concept and make it come alive with art.”

- Caitlyn Connor (’19)

Anthony Kuenzi ('20)

“The art and design department is special. The professors are more than teachers. They’re mentors, friends and collaborators. The community is tight, and we often participate in or put on events together. I’ve made connections here that will extend well into my professional career.”

- Anthony Kuenzi ('20)

Points of Distinction

  • Illustration students learn a wide range of tools and techniques, including traditional drawing and animation. Their broad training prepares them to enter the marketplace and to quickly adapt to new technologies and challenges, making them ideal employees and multi-faceted illustrators capable of producing professionally publishable work.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty, all of whom continue to work professionally in the field and bring together more than 300 years of combined professional experience
  • Connections to regional businesses and institutions allow our students to work in placed internships and work with clients/commissions while still in school.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.