Illustration students sits in a bright studio space painting, surrounded by books, a palette, and paints

As a creative discipline Illustration at RISD is defined by purpose, not media. While using the same tools as in painting, photography, film, graphic design and other disciplines, in Illustration you learn to make imagery with the intent of conveying specific meaning and messages.


In mastering how to draw and paint powerful, meaningful images, Illustration majors graduate ready to write and illustrate books, create surface designs for products, work in web or game design, become animators or character designers and communicate concepts through the many creative paths open to you.