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Illustration - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program - Fall 2012 Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students entering in Fall 2012 only. Currently enrolled FIT students should refer to the FIT catalog of their entering year.

Semester 5
MAJOR AREA IL 323 Adobe Illustrator for the Illustrator 2
IL 362 The Illustrator's Heritage I 3
    IL 382 Visual Self-Expression   3.5
    IL 384
Illustrating for Contemporary Media I   2
IL 388 Materials and Techniques I 2
RELATED AREA CD 351 Creating Illus. Portfolio for Web 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see American History* G10 3

Semester 6
MAJOR AREA IL 324 Digital Painting for the Illustrator 1.5
IL 364 The Illustrator's Heritage II 3
IL 383 Advanced Drawing/Composition 3.5
    IL 385 Illustrating for Contemporary Media II   2
IL 389 Materials and Techniques II 2
RELATED AREA CG 213 2D Computer Animation 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see Writing elective* 3

Semester 7
MAJOR AREA    IL 374 Book Illustration I   1.5
IL 461 Illustration Workshop 3
IL 482 Color Rendering: Media I 2.5
IL 491 Mentor/Specialization Projects I 3
RELATED AREA PH 406 Digital Special Effects/Retouching 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see History of Art & Civ.* 3

Semester 8
MAJOR AREA   IL 375 Book Illustration II   1.5
IL 483 Color Rendering: Media II 1.5
IL 492 Mentor/Specialization Projects II 3
RELATED AREA BE 402 The Business of Illustration 1
CD 222 Digital Layout II 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see Liberal Arts elective** 3
choice see Other World Civ.* G9 3
ELECTIVE choice General elective 1.5-3

TOTAL Minimum Required

MAJOR AREA: 40.5 credits
RELATED AREA: 9 credits
LIBERAL ARTS: 15 credits
ELECTIVE: 1.5-3 credits
TOTAL Minimum Required: 66 credits


A "G" followed by a number 1-10 identifies specific courses that meet SUNY General Education baccalaureate degree requirements (

G1 Basic Communication; G2 Math; G3 Science; G4 Social Science; G5 Western Civilization; G6 Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History.


American History: 3 credits
CHOICE of EN 271, 272, 335, LA 221, or any other non-HA course that meets the Gen. Ed. American History requirement (G10).

Foreign Language:
The Gen. Ed. Foreign Language requirement (G8) has been waived for the Illustration major.

History of Art & Civilization: 3 credits
CHOICE of any HA course.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits
CHOICE of any non-HA course that meets the Gen. Ed. Other World Civ. requirement (G9).

Writing Elective: 3 credits
CHOICE of EN 266, 322, 361, 362, 363, or 364


These liberal arts credits must be in non-HA courses.


A 4-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program ( The sequence of courses is the same as that listed on this page.

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