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Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in ILLUSTRATION


The CSU Fullerton Illustration concentration provides students with the conceptual understanding, technical skills, and practical experience to become effective and creative communicators and visual storytellers in the field of illustration.

Students of the program will learn the fine craft of creating compelling images through the exploration of historical and contemporary trends in illustration; conceptual and visual problem solving; and a broad understanding of visual language as it applies to the art of traditional and digital illustration.

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.


Our professors provide a challenging yet nurturing learning environment in which creativity, innovation, and experimentation are encouraged. They maintain their professional practice in the fields of children’s book and editorial illustration, animation, graphic novel and comics, advertising, and game art. Their work has appeared in top venues, such as the Society of Illustrators (New York and Los Angeles), the American and National Watercolor Societies, American Artist magazine, Ballistic Publications, Corel Painter’s online gallery, in fine art galleries and museum exhibitions throughout the nation. Our faculty also shares and teaches its expertise at presentations and workshops nationwide such as the College Art Association annual conference and the San Diego Comic-Con.

Cliff Cramp, Professor and Program Coordinator
George James, Emeritus Professor
Dorte Christjansen, Emeritus Professor
Larry Johnson, Emeritus Professor
Christian Hill, Assistant Professor
Chris Nielsen, Lecturer
Tina Schmidt, Lecturer
Hala Swearingen, Assistant Professor

Student and Alumni Achievements

Our students and alumni have received more than one-hundred awards and distinctions for the outstanding quality of their art. From the New York Society of Illustrators to the Society of Illustrators-Los Angeles, from the Hollywood Reporter Key Art to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Cal State Fullerton Illustrators are on par with the very best students from art schools from across the nation and around the world.

Employers of our graduates include top entertainment and publishing companies, such as the Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks SKG, Nickelodeon, Lucas Films Ltd., Cartoon Network, and many more.


Grace Alba
Gabriel Carranza
Daniel Cheng
Matt Frantz
Andrew Haring
Heisuke Kitazawa
Camille Kuo
Jen Long
Ron Mazellan
Cara Nilsen
Mikela Prevost-Smith
Joshua Pruett
John Puchalski
Eric Reimer
Israel Sanchez
Cheryl Savala
Eduardo Villacis
Karen Wheeler
Jennifer Wood
Joo Kim
Jeni Yang
Caroline Zimmerman