Art, Design & Architecture

If you're a visual storyteller, doodler, drawer, or artist and want to spend your life creating art, animations, cartoons, and peppering the world's pages and walls with your illustrations, a degree in Illustration may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Illustration students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). Master's degrees can lead to opportunities in post-secondary teaching while associate and bachelor's degrees are enough for employment in the industry. In this field, employers value your portfolio of work more than anything else.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in art and design coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. For the most prestigious schools, a portfolio of past work may also be required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Illustration Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Illustration include:

  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Cartoonist
  • Art Director
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators was $63,030 in 2019 (1) while Multimedia Artists and Animators earned a median salary of $75,270. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.