Bachelor of Arts in Humanities



JPCatholic’s Illustration program forms artists to create imagery that brings powerful ideas and narratives to life for a variety of professional pursuits.  Using both traditional and digital media techniques, students will learn to develop and refine methods of conceptualization and image-making while acquiring an effective use of visual language. JPCatholic uniquely combines this hands-on education with a rigorous Humanities core curriculum.  The Humanities Core in literature, art, and music enables students to bring depth into their visual creations through engagement with the greatest creative artists throughout history.


Talented Illustrators have many expansive opportunities today beyond the traditional work needed in the editorial and publishing world.  Illustrators are key in the worlds of apparel design, advertising, marketing, industrial and product design, gaming, and more. JPCatholic’s program will enable you to become a skillful illustrator capable of dynamically adapting to the opportunities presented in the marketplace.







Grow in faith and understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.


Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

Liberal Arts

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more


what makes us different?

Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studio

Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

Located in San Diego County

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

Quarter in LA

Fall of junior year, media students have the opportunity to study at a satellite campus in Burbank, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 10 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

Meet the Faculty

  • Provides instruction in Life Drawing, Portrait Drawing and Painting and Anatomy in her San Diego studio and providing instruction with life drawing and anatomy to the in-house animators at Sony Online Entertainment.
  • Worked as an illustrator for a product manufacturing company whose clientele included such well-known motion-picture studios as Disney, Warner Brothers and Lucas Films. There she applied her talents to designing products related to such films as The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Pocahontas, Winnie the Pooh, and the Star Wars Trilogy.
  • A JPCatholic alumnus and was one of the first students of the school’s Animation and Game Development programs. He receive his MFA in Animation and VFX from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
  • Worked for CBS Interactive -, creating motion graphics and animations in addition to live video and graphics production at E3 and ComicCon.
  • Works as a 3D artist for 'Junior Giants Foodiecats,'. He specializes in 3D modeling and texturing with additional skills in rigging, lighting, animation, and rendering.



Professor of Art

Professor of Animation & Chair of Animation and Gaming

  • The founder and creative director of Drive Studio, located in Carlsbad, CA. He has almost 2 decades of experience in the motion graphics industry.
  • In 2000, with his business partner, he formed Drive Studio to offer complete 'design through production' resources for the broadcast design and production industry.
  • Worked for over 30 years in the entertainment industry as an animator with Warner Bros., Walt Disney, J. Ward Productions and Hanna-Barbera studios. His credits include: "The Pink Panther"; "Road Runner"; "George of the Jungle"; numerous TV series; and several commercials including "Capt'n Crunch" and "Star Kist-Charlie The Tuna".
  • Currently an Animator/Animation Director working on children's games and direct-to-videos for Mattel Toys, Fisher-Price Toys, McGraw/Hill Publishers, and many more..


Eric Van Hamersveld

Adjunct Professor of Cinematic Visual Effects

Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation



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