http://fitnyc.edu/illustration

School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.     NYSED: 83464     HEGIS 1009  

The major in Illustration enables students to deepen their artistic talent as freelance illustrators and to prepare them for positions as illustrators, digital artists, graphic designers, art directors, animators, muralists, scenery painters, storyboard artists, advertising comp artists, and fashion sketchers. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

 
Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAIL 362 - The Illustrator's Heritage I3
IL 325 - Digital Illustration Techniques3
IL 326 - Traditional Painting Media: Methods and Materials3
IL 377 - Book Illustration3
RELATED AREAchoice - Related Area Elective*1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Liberal Arts*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAIL 364 - The Illustrator's Heritage II3
IL 379 - Illustrating the Written Word
  or 378 - Stylistic Illustration
3
IL 306 - Visual Storytelling for Evolving Media I3
RELATED AREACG 241 - Character Animation2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Liberal Arts*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAIL 461 - Illustration Workshop3
IL 491 - Mentor/Specialization Projects I3
IL 405 - Visual Storytelling for Evolving Media II
  or 484 - Advanced Color Rendering I
3
RELATED AREAchoice - Related Area Elective*2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Liberal Arts*3
choice - Liberal Arts*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAIL 493 - Illustration Portfolio Thesis3
IL 473 - Advanced Visual Story Studio
  or 485 - Advanced Color Rendering II
3
RELATED AREABE 402 - The Business of Illustration1
choice - Related Area Elective*2
choice - Related Area Elective*2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Liberal Arts*3
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA36
RELATED AREA10.5
LIBERAL ARTS15
ELECTIVE1.5
 Total Credits: 63
 

Fall 2018 Requirements:  see below

* Liberal Arts: 15 credits

  • History of Art: 6 credits. CHOICE of one (1) HA course that meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9) and one (1) additional HA course.  See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.
  • Liberal Arts electives: 9 credits. Select Liberal Arts courses (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following subject areas:  CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film and Media) - any FI course other than FI 261, 361, 362, 461, and 462FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) 201, 301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music), HI (History), MA (Mathematics), LA (Liberal Arts), MC (Modern Languages and Cultures), PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Sciences). See Liberal Arts Courses.
  • Related Area Electives: 7.5 credits.  
    CHOICE of any elective courses for which prerequisites have been met in Accessories Design (LD), Advertising Design (AD), Communication Design (CD), Computer Animation and Interactive Media (CG), Creative Technologies (CT), Entrepreneurship (EP), Fabric Styling (FS), Fashion Design (FD), Film and Media (FI), Fine Arts (FA), Graphic Design (GD), Interior Design (ID), Jewelry Design (JD), Menswear (MW), Packaging Design (PK), Photography (PH), Textile/Surface Design (TD), Toy Design (TY), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VP).

IF YOU ARE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

High school students should apply to the two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program. You may not apply directly to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. On completing the AAS, most students choose to apply to the two-year BFA program. Applicants to the AAS program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

IF YOU HAVE AN AAS IN ILLUSTRATION FROM FIT

You may apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. You should apply to the two-year AAS program, and after completing that degree apply to the two-year BFA program. Applicants to the BFA program are expected to provide a portfolio only if their GPA is below 3.0.

IF YOU HAVE CREDITS OR A DEGREE FROM ANOTHER COLLEGE

You may apply to the two-year Illustration BFA program as a transfer student if you meet one of the following criteria by the time you enroll at FIT:

  • you will have an associates or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in a program that is equivalent to the FIT Illustration AAS program
  • you will have earned at least 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree in an equivalent program at a regionally accredited college.

A college program is equivalent if it contains the same major area and liberal arts distribution as the FIT Illustration AAS program. Applicants from college programs that are not equivalent must apply to the AAS program.

Please note that FIT AAS students receive priority admissions consideration.

Applicants must submit a competitive portfolio.

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