School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.     NYSED: 83464     CIP: 50.0410  

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 2020. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAIL 325 - Digital Illustration Techniques3
IL 326 - Traditional Painting Media: Methods and Materials3
IL 362 - The Illustrator's Heritage I3
IL 377 - Book Illustration3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/General Education3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAIL 306 - Visual Storytelling for Evolving Media I3
IL 364 - The Illustrator's Heritage II3
IL 379 - Illustrating the Written Word
  or 378 - Stylistic Illustration
RELATED AREACG 213 - 2D Computer Animation2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/General Education3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAIL 405 - Visual Storytelling for Evolving Media II
  or 484 - Advanced Color Rendering I
IL 461 - Illustration Workshop3
IL 491 - Mentor/Specialization Projects3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAIL 473 - Advanced Visual Story Studio
  or 485 - Advanced Color Rendering II
IL 493 - Illustration Portfolio Thesis3
RELATED AREABE 402 - The Business of Illustration1
choice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)2
choice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5
 Total Credits: 63

*Fall 2020 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 Elective(s): 9 credits. 
Select Liberal Arts courses (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following subject areas: AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media) – any FI course other than FI 205, 261, 361, 461, 362, and 462FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) 201, 301; IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215, 216, 217; PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). 

Related Area Elective(s): 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 Graphics (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).

Upon graduating from the Illustration BFA program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a personal illustration style and technique that uses both traditional and digital skills and incorporates acquired knowledge, experience, judgment, and unique aesthetic vision.
  2. Expand a visual vocabulary into personal visual expression and communication applications.
  3. Think critically, solve problems creatively, and produce portfolios of industry-oriented artwork.
  4. Fuse advanced illustration art, technology, entrepreneurial, and oral presentation skills in preparation for industry.
  5. Employ computer technology as a means of personal expression, as well as professional research and promotional applications, including the development of illustrators’ websites.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism and creative habits and discipline as means of self- improvement and commercial success.
  7. Incorporate knowledge of art and illustration history, world history, social sciences, and other liberal arts subjects in producing effective illustrations.