School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00763     HEGIS 5012  

The major in Illustration offers qualified students the opportunity to prepare for staff positions and a freelance career as illustrators in graphic design firms, ad agencies, and publishing houses. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2016. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAIL 114 - Fashion Applications1.5
IL 123 - Principles of Illustration I1.5
IL 133 - Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator I2
IL 141 - Fashion Expression in Drawing1.5
IL 151 - Dynamic Drawing Techniques for the Illustrator2
RELATED AREA ELECTIVEPH 118 - Beginning Digital Photography2
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAIL 124 - Principles of Illustration II3
IL 125 - Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for the Illustrator2
IL 127 - Applying Color to Illustrate the Written Word1.5
IL 128 - Perspective Drawing, Composition, and Concept1.5
IL 134 - Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator II1.5
IL 152 - General Illustration Figure Drawing I1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAIL 223 - Illustration as Visual Communication I3
IL 251 - General Illustration Figure Drawing II1.5
IL 272 - Illustration Rendering Techniques1.5
RELATED AREACD 201 - Computer Typesetting and Design2
CD 271 - Designing with Type1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAIL 225 - Illustration Concept Techniques1.5
IL 227 - Illustration as Visual Communication II3
IL 231 - Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator III1.5
IL 252 - General Illustration Figure Drawing III1.5
RELATED AREACD 122 - Digital Layout I2
FA 104 - Sculpture - Basic1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)1.5-3
 Total Credits: 67.5-69
*Fall 2015 Requirements: see below

FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements for Art and Design Associate Degree Programs:

  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in liberal arts courses in G4-G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course
  • Six (6) credits from Art and Design History courses: HA 112 (3 credits, required for all Art and Design majors), plus another 3-credit HA course.

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized into the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area. 

Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Illustration, Textile/Surface Design, and Toy Design.