FIT offers the Associate in Applied (AAS) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Illustration. See eligibility requirements before you apply.
Courses in traditional drawing, conceptualization, and painting are integrated with a nine-course digital education that covers illustration, type, design, photography, and animation in industry-level computer facilities.
The two-year AAS curriculum includes projects modeled on real-world scenarios and helps you develop the skills you need to present a project to a client or art director.
Most students go on to the BFA program. That more advanced curriculum focuses on commercially applicable skills, enabling you to expand your portfolio and professional opportunities with additional training in animation, documentary art, book illustration, and computer-generated illustration.
You'll work with art directors who assign and critique your projects. In a mentoring workshop, you will be paired with an illustrator or art director who offers professional guidance. You'll have the option to learn the global language of illustration in a summer study abroad class in Florence, Italy.