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    Drawing or Illustration

    I am a senior currently and will be graduating in almost exactly a year. I have all my classes taken care of but I have a choice to make between either a drawing degree, an illustration degree, or another semester and both. I have almost all the classes in both so its up in the air and most of the classes overlap into each other.

    What is the more marketable degree as a freelance illustrator or concept artist? A degree in drawing, or illustration. I understand the portfolio is the biggest point and it may not matter at all but if it does matter I want to make the right decision. Any feedback would be great.

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    It really depends on your school and what the focus of the programs is. Illustration skills are an important part of being a concept artist. Drawing is very important and so is painting. Only you know your school. Does the drawing major stress representational skills, or is it more concerned with random marks made on a sheet of paper?

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    Let me rephrase,

    What looks best on my resume, not counting school of origin, portfolio, or the actual classes I took.

    Just the physical words on the piece of paper when I am applying to a job in the concept industry.

    Illustration or drawing for concept art.

    Or does it even matter?

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    No one cares about your resume.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    No one cares about your resume.
    What he says.

    I think you are awesome, and I wish you the best in your endeavors, but I am tired of repeating myself, I am very busy with my new baby, and I am no longer a regular participant here, so please do not contact me to ask for advice on your career or education. All of the advice that I have to offer can already be found in the following links. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    No one cares about your resume.
    You might be able to get "Nice paper stock" out of someone but that'd be about it.

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    Thanks a bunch everyone.

    That is what I figured.

    Now I can tell my dad to leave me alone about a double major.

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    Is a drawing degree like for comics or something? Very odd, I have never heard of separating "drawing" from illustration---since being an illustrator consists of knowing how to draw as well (usually). Are there many schools with this major? What do the "drawing" major classes consist of? Weird.

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    Some fine art programs are set up so that you concentrate on drawing, painting, or sculpture, that's all.


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