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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 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 .