The objective of this class is to assist students in the transition from the academic to professional environment of illustration. Each student will be asked to complete 3-4 portfolio pieces during the semester. In addition to critiques of these pieces in the context of the topics covered, there will be several portfolio reviews with outside professionals. The class will also focus on business practices, professionalism, ethics and promotion. There will be several guest speakers including local and national art directors and illustrators. There will also be a number of field trips planned including a four day trip to New York.