Department Head: Eric Telfort
As a creative discipline Illustration at RISD is broadly defined — by purpose, not media. While illustrators employ the same tools used in painting, photography, film, graphic design and other disciplines, they make imagery with the intent of conveying specific meaning and messages.
Whether painting at the easel, drawing on a computer screen or making 3D characters, Illustration majors learn to master the skills and techniques needed for effective visual storytelling.
“In Illustration we challenge students to explore the vast range of expression the field now embraces—from editorial or book publishing to entertainment media and civic activism. We see illustration as a powerful agent in shaping thought, and mentor our students to pursue a personalized artistic vision as thoughtful, proactive, creative professionals.” - Susan Doyle, Department Head