School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.       NYSED: 00763        CIP: 50.0410

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 2020. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAIL 153 - Drawing Foundation I3
IL 161 - Illustration Process I3
RELATED AREAFA 110 - Sculpture Studio: Visual Expression of Form and Space1.5
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 Digital Illustration Techniques2
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 Elective(s)*1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)1.5
 Total Credits: 63

*Fall 2020 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 Elective(s):  1.5 credits
CHOICE of any elective course for which prerequisites have been met in Accessories Design (LD); Advertising Design (AD); Communication Design (CD); Animation, Interactive Media & Game Design (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 Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Animation, Interactive Media & Game Design, Illustration, Textile/Surface Design, and Toy Design.

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

  1. Integrate a comprehensive illustration “picture making” foundation including drawing, painting, conceptual, and digital skills in conjunction with basic photography and design to enhance visual communication proficiency.
  2. Apply a visual vocabulary, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills to communicate the written word as means of creating industry oriented illustrations.
  3. Integrate and apply illustrative style, attitude, aesthetics, and techniques to create expressive visual communication imagery.
  4. Identify and employ professional and creative habits and discipline as a means of self-improvement.
  5. Present and communicate ideas and information visually and orally.
  6. Comprehend and apply the essential business practices and aspects of the illustration field emphasizing professionalism.
  7. Develop a portfolio of artwork that demonstrates competency for admission into BFA programs and/or to enter industry.