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Define your future with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts Illustration

The work of illustrators is all around us in books and magazines, medical and scientific journals and commercial signs, posters and advertisements, product packaging, on the web and, of course, in art galleries and museums. The Studio Arts – Illustration concentration prepares you for success in any of these fields.

At Edinboro, the curriculum is rich and diverse. You will explore a wide range of media and gain skills necessary for strong design, content and context. Four faculty members with broad experience in the sub-fields of editorial, medical and scientific, commercial and children’s book illustration will serve as your mentors. They will guide you as you create an aesthetic and a cohesive portfolio.

Along the way, you will cultivate a professional demeanor with well-rounded, problem-solving skills. Upon graduation, you will be ready to engage the diverse opportunities that await today’s highly trained illustrators. No portfolio review is necessary prior to admission. Just bring your passion for the arts and a desire to work hard in a multidisciplinary, highly supportive environment.

Expert Faculty

expert faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

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Talented Students

talented students

Student competitions, gallery exhibitions and portfolio development help students prepare for life as professional artists. With the knowledge and skills they gained at EU, graduates enjoy success across the U.S. and around the world.

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A Place to Create

a place to create

Edinboro students thrive in an exciting, artistic environment. Visiting artists provide inspiration, student organizations offer support, and exceptional studio facilities enable them to develop their own personal aesthetic.

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Edinboro University’s Art Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Why choose Edinboro?

The Art Department at Edinboro is one of the largest and acclaimed in the nation. You will explore a variety of illustrative styles under the mentorship of highly credentialed professors. They will challenge you to explore your potential as an artist in a contemporary world. Exceptional resources for students include:

State-of-the-art learning facilities and studios.


Permanent, professional art gallery for inspiration.

Opportunities for internships with local and regional publishing houses.


Painting and Drawing Club, which hosts visiting artists and organizes trips to art galleries and museums.

Annual faculty-and-student exhibitions.


Capstone project that defines your personal aesthetic.

Outstanding options for graduates.

With your degree in hand, you can advance your education with a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration or a graduate program in Biomedical Illustration. You will also be prepared to accept competitive positions in the media world or branch out as a freelance illustrator. Recent alumni are finding success as:

Children’s book illustrators


Editorial illustrators


Magazine illustrators

Artifact illustrators


Forensic illustrators


Medical illustrators

Wildlife illustrators


Art teachers

Find yourself in our vibrant community of artists.