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Illustration BFA

William R. Finewood, Program Chair
(585) 475-7562, facpgd@rit.edu

http://cias.rit.edu/art

Program overview

Illustration majors solve communication problems by translating concepts and ideas into images. They study traditional and electronic media and design to prepare themselves for their professional goals.

Curriculum

Illustration, BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-111, 112 Drawing I, II 6
FDTN-121, 122 2D Design I, II 6
FDTN-131; 3D Design I 3
FDTN-141 4D Design I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
ARTH-135, 136 LAS Perspective 1, 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II 6
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  Art History Elective‡ 3
  Illustration Core Courses** (SMTL) 12
  Studio Electives§ 6
  Illustration Elective†† 3
Third Year
ILLS-313 Illustration II 3
  Illustration Electives†† 12
  Studio Elective§ 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
   Free Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
Fourth Year
ILLS-413 Illustration III 3
ILLS-501 Illustration Portfolio (WI) 3
  Illustration Electives†† 6
  Studio Electives§ 6
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡Illustration students are required to take 6 credit hours of art history electives.

§ Studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab contact hours listed in the course description.

** Illustration core courses include Illustration I (ILLS-213), Anatomical Illustration (ILLS-214), Digital Illustration I (ILLS-219), and Dimensional Illustration I (ILLS 218).
†† Illustration electives include Digital Illustration II (ILLS-319), Dimensional Illustration II (ILLS-358), Illustrative Design (ILLS-359), Editorial Illustration (ILLS-364), Digital Mixed Media (ILLS-369), Zoological and Botanical Illustration (ILLS-363), Digital Editorial (ILLS-379), Pop-Up Books (ILLS-368), Journalistic Illustration (ILLS-462), Illustration History (ILLS-461), Book Illustration (ILLS-465), Advertising Illustration (ILLS-469), Personal Focus (ILLS-466), Animating Digital Illustration (ILLS-467), Sketchbook Illustration (ILLS-472), Caricature Illustration (ILLS-477), Political Cartooning (ILLS-482), Fantastic Illustration (ILLS-468), Illustration Co-op (ILLS-499), Illustration Internship (ILLS-498), Illustration Independent Study (ILLS-599)

Electives

Students may select electives that enhance their studies or allow them to pursue an area of personal or professional interest. Electives are available in graphic design, illustration, graphic visualization, industrial design, interior design, fine arts studio, environmental design, ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, woodworking, film making, photography, and imaging technology. To be eligible for these electives, students must complete the foundation program or have the permission of the instructor. Additional selections are offered as special topics courses.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

Course
ARTH-135 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I*
ARTH-136 Survey of Western Art and Architecture II*
ARTH-221 Contemporary Design Issues
ARTH-311 Art of Italy: 1250-1400
ARTH-312 Art of Italy: 1600-1750
ARTH-317 Art Florence and Rome: 15th Century
ARTH-318 Art Florence and Rome: 16th Century
ARTH-345 History to Architecture Interior and Furniture I†
ARTH-346 History to Architecture Interior and Furniture II†
ARTH-364 Art of Paris
ARTH-366 18th, 19th Century Art
ARTH-368 20th Century Art: 1900-1950
ARTH-369 20th Century Art: Since 1950
ARTH-373 Art of the Last Decade
ARTH-378 Baroque Painting in Flanders
ARTH-379 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
ARTH-392 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century
ARTH-457 Art and Activism
ARTH-521 The Image
ARTH-541 Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
ARTH-544 Illuminated Manuscripts
ARTH-550 Topics in Art History
ARTH-554 Late Medieval Art
ARTH-558 The Gothic Revival
ARTH-561 Latin American Art
ARTH-566 Early Medieval Art
ARTH-568 Art and Technology: Machine Aesthetic Cyborg
ARTH-572 Art of the Americas
ARTH-573 Conceptual Art
ARTH-574 Dada and Surrealism
ARTH-576 Modernism and Realism
ARTH-577 Displaying Gender
ARTH-578 Edvard Munch
ARTH-581 Russian Realist Art
ARTH-582 Medieval Craft
ARTH-583 Installation Art
ARTH-584 Scandinavian Modernism
ARTH-586 Studies in Material Culture
ARTH-587 The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH-588 Symbols and Symbol-Making

* This course is required for students in majors in the schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, and Photographic Arts and Sciences (BFA programs only).

† This course is required for students majoring in interior design and furniture design.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Illustration majors solve communication problems by translating concepts and ideas into images. They study traditional and electronic media and design to prepare themselves for their professional goals.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Illustration, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2013-215 Foundation Vector Imaging 1
2013-216 Foundation Raster Imaging 1
  Freshman Electives 6
2013-211, 212, 213 Drawing I, II, III 9
2013-231, 232, 233 2D Design I, II, III 9
2013-241, 242, 243 3D Design I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
2019-301 Illustration I 3
2019-306 Head, Hands, Facial Expressions 3
2019-311 Digital Illustration I 3
2019-345 Illustration Techniques I 3
2019-361 Dimensional Illustration I 3
  Studio Electives 9
Third Year
  Art History Electives§ 9
  Studio Electives 6
  Open Elective 3-4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Major courses 12
  Program electives 6
Fourth Year
  Studio Elective 3
  Open Electives 18-24
2019-513 Illustration Marketing and Business 3
2019-563 Portfolio Preparation 3
  Major courses 15
Total Quarter Credit Hours 191

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

§ Please refer to the list of art history electives.

Illustration, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
      LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
FDTN-111      Drawing I  3
FDTN-121      2D Design I 3
FDTN-131      3D Design I 3
ENGL-150     LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
ARTH-136     LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture 2 3
FDTN-112     Drawing 2 3
FDTN-122     2D Design 2 3
FDTN-141     4D Design I  3
Second Year
      LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  Art History Elective† 3
       Illustration Core Courses§ (SMTL) 12
     Studio Electives‡ 6
      Illustration Elective** 3
Third Year
     LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ILLS-313        Illustration II 3
      Illustration Electives** 12
   Studio Elective‡ 3
    Art History Elective† 3
   Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
    LAS Immersion 3 3
ILLS-413        Illustration III 3
      Illustration Electives** 6
     Studio Electives‡ 6
     Free Electives 6
    LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
ILLS-501        Illustration Portfolio (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Illustration students are required to take 6 credit hours of art history electives.

‡Studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab contact hours listed in the course description.

§ Illustration core courses include Illustration I (ILLS-213), Anatomical Illustration (ILLS-214), Digital Illustration I (ILLS-219), and Dimensional Illustration I (ILLS 218).
** Illustration electives includeDigital Illustration II (ILLS-319), Dimensional Illustration II (ILLS-358), Illustrative Design (ILLS-359), Editorial Illustration (ILLS-364), Digital Mixed Media (ILLS-369), Zoological and Botanical Illustration (ILLS-363), Digital Editorial (ILLS-379), Pop-Up Books (ILLS-368), Journalistic Illustration (ILLS-462), Illustration History (ILLS-461), Book Illustration (ILLS-465), Advertising Illustration (ILLS-469), Personal Focus (ILLS-466), Animating Digital Illustration (ILLS-467), Sketchbook Illustration (ILLS-472), Caricature Illustration (ILLS-477), Political Cartooning (ILLS-482), Fantastic Illustration (ILLS-468), Illustration Co-op (ILLS-499), Illustration Internship (ILLS-498), Illustration Independent Study (ILLS-599)

Electives

Students have the opportunity to select electives that enhance their studies or allow them to pursue an area of personal or professional interest. Electives are available in the following areas: graphic design, illustration, graphic visualization, industrial design, interior design, fine arts studio, environmental design, ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, woodworking, filmmaking, photography, and imaging technology. To be eligible for these electives, students must complete the foundation program or have the permission of the instructor. Additional selections are offered as special topics courses.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

2039-300 History of Design
2039-306 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design I
2039-307 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design II
2039-308 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design III
2039-310 History of Crafts
2039-315 Pre-Columbian Art
2039-316 Florence and Rome 1400-1470
2039-317 Florence and Rome 1470-1520
2039-318 Florence and Rome 1520-1590
2039-320 History of Art Criticism
2039-330 Philosophy in Art
2039-340 Symbols and Symbol Making
2039-355 Latin American Art
2039-360 18th and 19th Century Art
2039-368 Scandinavian Modernism
2039-375 20th Century Art Since 1950
2039-376 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
2039-385 Installation Art
2039-390 Native American Art and Culture
2039-395 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
2039-410 The Art of Art History
2039-415 Thinking About Making
2039-425 Public Art/Public Spaces
2039-430 Dada and Surrealism
2039-433 What Is Post Modernism?
2039-435 Art of the Last Decade
2039-438 Body in Art
2039-440 Conceptual Art
2039-443 Art and Technology: From the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
2039-452 Art and Activism
2039-459 Art Central Italy 1250-1400
2039-469 Baroque Rome