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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 153 - Drawing Foundation I3
IL 161 - Illustration Process I3
RELATED AREAFA 119 - 2D Design for Illustrators1.5
PH 118 - Beginning Digital Photography2
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAIL 105 - Painting Process I: Color Theory and Applications3
IL 125 - Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for the Illustrator2
IL 154 - Drawing Foundation II3
IL 162 - Illustration Process II3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAIL 262 - Pictorial Problem Solving3
IL 264 - Visual Interpretation3
IL 272 - Illustration Rendering Techniques1.5
RELATED AREACD 201 - Computer Typesetting and Design2
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAIL 201 - Painting Process III: Figure as Visual Communication3
IL 263 - Advanced Pictorial Problem Solving
  or 265 - Advanced Visual Interpretation
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives**1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)1.5
 Total Credits: 63

*Fall 2016 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.  

**Related Area Electives:  1.5 credits (minimum)
CHOICE of any elective course for which prerequisites have been met in Advertising Design (AD), Communication Design (CD), Computer Animation and Interactive Media (CG), Creative Technologies (CT), Fine Arts (FA), Graphic Design (GD), and Photography and Related Media (PH).

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 .