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Illustration Studio (20 cr)

Code: AM00CM55-3001

General information


21.11.2022 - 08.01.2023


01.01.2023 - 31.07.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

20 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Institute of Design and Fine Arts (LAB)


Lahti Campus

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


10 - 23

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Graphic Design


  • Anna Sailamaa
  • - LAB_virtuaaliopettaja_GR_01

Scheduling groups

  • Harjoitukset 1 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Harjoitukset 1

Learning outcomes

This studio course includes the following parts and their respective learning goals:

Illustrated Storytelling (5 ECTS)
The student is able to
- design illustrations for childrens literature, fiction and other publications that utilize storytelling as well as instruction manuals and school books
- create an illustration concept and illustrations for a story-based publication.

Journalistic Illustration (5 ECTS)
The student is able to
- produce illustration images based on the assignment
- produce illustration and infographics that support written communication
- collect visual information and use visual commentary to support different text genres
- use storytelling methods within single-image illustrations.

Animated Illustration (5 ECTS)
The student is able to
- produce digital illustrations with elements of motion graphics
- produce animated infographics, marketing and ad material and other business communication
- use methods of storytelling based on animated illustration.

Basics of Comics (5 ECTS)
The student is able to
- use the methods and tools of story-based visual storytelling
- create a graphic concept and illustrations for a storyline.

Learning material and recommended literature

Congdon, Lisa (2019): Find Your Artistic Voice. (Chronicle Books)
Congdon, Lisa (2014): Art, Inc. - The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist. (Chronicle Books)
Fig, Taylor (2010): How to Create a Portfolio & Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators. (Laurence King Publishing)
Perry, Michael (2007): Hand Job: A Catalog of Type. (Princeton Architectural Press)
Salisbury, Martin (2022): Drawing for Illustration (Thames & Hudson)
Salisbury, Martin (2015): One Hundred Great Children’s Picture books (Laurence King Publishing)
Salisbury, Martin (2012): Children’s Picture books: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Laurence King Publishing)
Stern, Simon (2008): Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice.

The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines

Abel, Jessica & Madden, Matt (2008): Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: making comics from manga to graphic novels. (First Second.)
Abel, Jessica & Madden, Matt (2012):Mastering Comics. (First Second.)
Barry, Lynda (2014): Syllabus. (Drawn & Quarterly.)
Brunetti, Ivan (2011): Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. (Yale University Press)
McCloud, Scott (2000): Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form. (Harper)
McCloud, Scott (2006): Making Comics: Storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels. (Harper)
Watson, Esther & Todd, Mark (2006): Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Bang, Molly (2016): Picture This. (Chronicle Books)
Berger, John (1972): Ways of Seeing. (Penguin Classics)
Cameron, Julia (1992): The Artist's Way

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