Editorial, Advertising, Traditional, Digital

Note: All Commercial Illustration classes have been postponed until further notice. Please check the program page for specific details about courses or email James Balderston at jbalderston@langara.ca for more information.

The extensive Commercial Illustration Program (CICP) is aimed at individuals who wish to pursue a career in commercial illustration or who wish to update their illustration skills. The program consists of 12 courses that include traditional art training – from Life Drawing and Media Techniques to Drawing for Illustration – as well as working with digital applications like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This program explores stylistic strategies for commercial illustrators as well as critical business issues such as pricing, contracts, and self-promotion, and students will produce a commercially viable portfolio of work as their graduation project. The emphasis of this program is on developing a personal style and voice, along with honing skills that enable individuals to accomplish traditional and digital storyboarding, advertising, and editorial illustration.


Instructors in the program are working illustration professionals with significant teaching experience in the applied arts who bring the highest degree of industry experience and award-winning credentials to the program. Students will work on projects that emulate real industry situations and learn through a mentorship style of instruction that mimics the art director-illustrator relationship in the real world.

The CI Program is unique to Continuing Studies as it is one of the most intensive, dedicated Illustration Programs in Canada aimed specifically at those students who wish to pursue their illustrational goals in an atmosphere of conceptual and creative learning. It stimulates and encourages students to explore both technical and emotional content in exciting and challenging studio situations. If Commercial Illustration is a career goal then this program is for you.

Illustration by Zoe Evamy