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.
Impact culture for Christ and grow in faith and understanding through a rich sequence of Scripture based Theology courses and Philosophy courses.
Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more.
Our well rounded curriculum gives you a unique perspective to tackling the challenge of creating meaningful art, while building up your experience in the design process and your portfolio. Students start creating projects and growing as artists their freshman year, giving them ample opportunities to practice their craft.SEE STUDENT ARTWORK
Students have access to a number of Wacom Intuos Pro tablets in addition to the Illustration Studio, a designated classroom designed for drawing and fine art classes. Equipped with drawing horses (benches), a model platform, storage space, and a display wall, this compact studio provides a focused environment for art students to hone their skills. Adobe Creative Cloud products are available on iMac workstations in the media lab.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
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.SEE STUDENT STORIES
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.LEARN MORE
JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
As upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to live in Burbank for a quarter, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.LEARN MORE
JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student.LEARN MORE
With small class sizes and mentorship, professors are able to provide individualized training. They bring decades of experience and unique perspectives from varied backgrounds in Illustration and Animation.
Adjunct Professor of Art
Professor of Animation & Design
Eric Van Hamersveld
Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation
Professor of Creative Writing & Chair of Humanities & Theology
Adjunct Professor of Illustration
Humanities Program Overview
Illustrator Spotlight: Developing an Eye for Perspective | Evie Watkins
Sam Wurth: The Vital Power of Creativity | Why We Create
Adriana DeCarlo: Loving Your Art Where It's At | Why We Create
Professor Eric Van Hamersveld: Charting Your Career in Animation | Faculty Spotlight
Portraying Anxiety Through Animation | Senior Project Spotlight
Catalina Rojas: Capturing Light and Shadow | Illustration Spotlight
How I Started My Career in Motion Graphic Design | Alumni Spotlight with Ben West
Marie-Thérèse Hallagan: Creating in Community | Why We Create