The Digital Illustration and Sequential Art (DISA) Diploma program at the Edmonton Digital Arts College is designed to meet the growing need for qualified entry-level illustrators and sequential artists who demonstrate professional skills in drawing and an understanding of the figure; concepts and storytelling; the use of colour to convey feeling and mood; perspective and compositions; mastery of technique, both traditional and digital; content, marketability and presentation.
In the DISA program each student develops a unique portfolio that demonstrates a personal style and high level professional skills. Graduates from this program enter the job market showcasing the skills of illustrators in advertising, publishing, digital publishing, comic books/graphic novels, concept artist/visual development in video games and film, editorial illustration and many other growing fields.
Lee Nielsen, Core instructor
Emily Chu, Core instructor
Serena Tang, Teaching Assistant
40 WEEKS (10 Months)
There are two intakes per year, April and September. Apply early, class size is limited to 15 students per intake.
Digital Illustration and Sequential Art is a professional preparation program. Over the ten months you will develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to be a professional illustrator. The program is divided into three main phases: Foundations, Implementation and Specialization.
Upon completion of the graduation requirements, you will have earned a diploma in Digital Illustration and Sequential Arts.
FOUNDATIONS (MONTHS 1-3)
Working with traditional media, you will begin to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Drawing fundamentals
- Design fundamentals and visual literacy
- Painting and colour theory
- Character design
IMPLEMENTATION (MONTHS 4-7)
In Implementation, you will transition from working with traditional media to working in digital media. You will continue to refine the foundational skills built in the first term through practical application and develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Concept art
- Sequential illustration
- Editorial illustration
SPECIALIZATION (MONTHS 8-10)
In the final phase of your program you will focus on developing your professional practice. Through your self-directed specialization project, you will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Working with clients
- Business communication
- Portfolio and branding development
Your program will culminate in the presentation of your portfolio to a panel of industry professionals.