Visual ArtsIllustration

A studio classroom at Jacksonville University featuring students and a professor critiquing illustration work.

BFA or BA with concentration in IllustrationDraw your own conclusion.

You (in the role of illustrator) and your professor (in the role of art director) will enact professional world scenarios day in and day out – exploring the different markets of illustration and various aspects of the illustration business.

Career opportunities include: concept art, graphic novels and comics, children’s books, editorial illustration and licensing design.

Important Dates

Portfolio Reviews

Check-in for each audition or portfolio review will be at Terry Concert Hall.

A studio classroom at Jacksonville University featuring students and a professor mapping graphic novels and children’s books.

Why study Illustration?Your unique vision brings ideas to life.

As an individual artist, you have your own style, preferred subject matter and media. Your future clients will have their own subject matter and individual preferences, too. This need not be a conflict. The Illustration program at JU allows you the freedom to develop a portfolio of work based in your own interests so that when the time comes, you will be able to market yourself to the clients that will be a good match for you.


Nicholas McNallyAssistant Professor of Illustration

In addition to being an educator, Professor McNally is a writer-illustrator and painter. A few career highlights:

  • Client list includes Carus Publishing, Pauline Books and Media, The Stafford Palace Theater, Greene Room Productions and Robyn Newhouse Hall.
  • Honored by Society of Illustrators of New York, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Creative Quarterly, Spectrum, and INDA.
  • Exhibition venues include the Museum of American Illustration in New York City, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, Annenberg Hall at Harvard University, and Southlight Gallery in Jacksonville.
  • Currently represented by Williams Fine Art Dealers in Wenham, Mass.
  • Public lectures include "Metaphor in Myth and Image: How Darwin Influenced the Visual Arts," and "#nofilter: Imagination in the Portraits of Hans Holbein the Younger."

Personal and Shared Illustration Studios in the STEAM Institute for Student Design

Illustration Studio

Illustration Studio 2

Visiting Artists and Guest Portfolio Reviewers

Scott Bakal

Scott Bakal

Elena Olander

Elena Olander

Angela Dominguez

Angela Dominguez

Guy Kinnear

Guy Kinnear

Visual Art Programs

The School of Art & Design offers several other programs of study. Learn more about the programs available at Jacksonville University.

All Visual Arts Programs