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As one of two areas of emphasis offered by the Communication Arts Department, Illustrators develop a strong personal style in their images and use their image-making skills to support the communication needs of a variety of clients in multiple contexts.
Contemporary illustration ranges in application from client-led publications and merchandise to self-directed projects and exhibitions. A faculty of working professionals guides majors through a curriculum that emphasizes strong concepts, technical proficiency, and the development of a unique style and voice. Visiting artists, conventions, field trips, and student exhibitions support a rich community for emerging illustrators. Recent clients include Nike, Hurley International, Chronicle Books, and LA Weekly.