A degree in art or illustration can give students the experience and portfolio needed to pursue a successful career as a professional artist or illustrator. Training in painting, photography, and drawing along with the study of theory and history will be used to sharpen the student’s skills and abilities. It is also important for art students to learn industry software and technology as it advances and becomes more relevant. As an illustrator, one can expect to make a career out of creating pictures for a variety of publications or commercial products. They can also be expected to illustrate in a digital format and may sometimes work with animators.