Illustration

Much of the artwork produced worldwide is made for commercial purposes. This art is sometimes called commercial or applied art. Students learn the concepts and techniques of this type of art in the Visual Communications area of the Palomar College Art Department.
Design and drawing classes in this area are tailored toward the practical and efficient production of imagery intended for commercial uses.

Illustration courses prepare students to draw and paint images to be used for editorial and product illustration.
Both Graphic Design and Illustration programs incorporate digital media in their courses of study. Software applications that are used include Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and AfterEffects, Corel Painter, Autodesk Maya, and Pixologic ZBrush. Courses in digital arts are meant to supplement, not replace, hand fabrication concepts and skills, and the prerequisites and/or recommended preparations reflect the skills needed to succeed in the variety of digital courses offered in our programs.

Course offerings in Illustration
Please note that courses in Graphic Design and Illustration, which include our digital coursework, use an D or a I after their number to distinguish them from other Art courses. They are listed under Art-Design and Art-Illustration in the Class Schedule.

Courses and scheduling

For the latest class schedule or course/program information, please use the links below:

Current Class Schedule

Current Palomar College Catalog for both class information and program requirements. You need only download the Art section of the catalog for this information.

If you’re looking for open classes (or closed classes, for that matter) please navigate to the main Palomar website and use eservices to search.

Course offerings in Illustration

Please note that courses in Graphic Design and Illustration, which include our digital coursework, use an D or a I after their number to distinguish them from other Art courses. They are listed under Art-Design and Art-Illustration in the Class Schedule.

Click on the link below to open a pdf that describes the sequence of courses you should take to finish your Illustration degree in the most timely manner.

Suggested Course Sequence (pdf)

Some of what ILLUSTRATORS do:

  • Interactive illustration: web and mobile apps
  • Entertainment/concept design for games and movies
  • Environmental illustration
  • Character design
  • Animation (2-D and 3-D)
  • Toy designEditorial illustration
  • Advertising illustration
  • Packaging
  • Children’s books
  • Album covers
  • Concert art
  • Event posters
  • Graphic novels
  • Political illustration
  • Medical illustration
  • Tattoo artist
  • Snowboard/skateboard design