Illustration as Communication (VA 331)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
Onur Fatih Yazıcıgil,
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VA201 VA203
Interactive lecture,Workshop,Studio work/practice,Group tutorial
Interactive,Communicative,Project based learning,Guided discovery,Case Study
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This course concentrates on the fundamentals of illustration as a communication design tool. Diverse illustration techniques and their applications from layout level to final output will be the main focus of the course. Processes in digital media as well as conventional illustration methods will be interchangeably utilized.


To provide an understanding of illustration and its function in the design process
To encourage creative growth and improve craftsmanship
To develop conceptual skills as they relate to image making
To acquire visual research skills - from realistic to expressive imagery


  • Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: - design spot illustration based on observation using various techniques - create a series of narrative illustrations using a medium they prefer to work with - visualize a given concept - use computer imaging and digital technologies to solve design problems through illustration - develop personal skills both technically and conceptually


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 3

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 3

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 2

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 4

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 5

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 5

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 4

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 5

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 2

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 2

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 5