Illustrators bring ideas and stories to life. CUW’s Illustration major, a cooperative program with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), will teach you how to create the visual context for everything from books to greeting cards to corporate logos.

Why Study Illustration at CUW?

A CUW degree in Illustration offers you:

  • A state-of-the-art program with a Christian perspective
  • Advanced illustration and design classes at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
  • Semi-annual portfolio reviews for professional growth
  • An exhibit of your work in the CUW Art Gallery
  • Entrepreneurial and work-related experience through internship opportunities

Program Facts

  • Years to complete: 4

Program Overview

CUW Illustration majors complete 61 credit hours of coursework, 18 of which are completed through the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).

What You’ll Learn in the Illustration Program

In this innovative program you will:

  • Become fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and Mac-based software• Study art history, drawing, graphic design, and composition
  • Learn to solve complex visual design problems
  • Learn to work with editors, art directors, writers, and designers
  • Develop a personal approach to concept and image
  • Gain important, real-world skills like communicating with clients, meeting deadlines, and understanding project parameters
  • Develop a well-rounded body of work

Career Choices in Illustration

An Illustration degree prepares you for careers in:

  • Book illustration
  • Freelance illustration
  • Design layout
  • Print animation
  • Motion graphics
  • Interactive design
  • Multimedia art
  • Fine art
  • Medical illustration

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Computer Science

All Illustration majors complete requirements for a minor. A Business or Marketing minor would be a great choice to help you build the business skills you’ll need to channel your talents into a successful career.


The Illustration curriculum includes drawing, photography, printmaking, painting, and graphic design. Coursework at MIAD includes several illustration classes, figure drawing, and the history of modern design. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.


  • The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student chapter
  • CUW Art Guild

High School Prep Courses

  • Studio art classes
  • Drawing
  • Business
  • Computers (Macintosh)


Dr. Theresa Anne Kenney
Prof. Charlene Nemec-Kessel
Prof. Joshua Cody
Prof. Mark Uy