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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 2018. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAIL 153 - Drawing Foundation I3
IL 161 - Illustration Process I3
RELATED AREAFA 119 - 2D Design for Illustrators1.5
PH 104 - Basic Digital Photography for Visual Design Communication2
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 2018 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 non-HA 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
CHOICE of any elective course 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), FI 261, 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).

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.

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. High school students may not apply directly to the bachelor's degree 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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