Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Illustration BFA

Program Overview

Traditional drawing skills, the latest digital imaging technologies, and sculpted dimensional methods combine for effective visual communication.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 90 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

Co-op:   $ID
BFA:       $ID    

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students develop natural drawing skills in addition to the technical skills needed to accurately render images. Students learn to draw the meaning behind the written word. By using their imaginations students can illustrate a political issue in a cartoon or reveal magic and mystery in a children’s book.  Students develop the sophistication to create an image to accompany an opinion column in a magazine. 
Software Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, After Effects, InDesign, Google Sketchup, Zbrush
Traditional mediums include: acrylics, charcoal, colored pencil, pen & ink, pastels, watercolor.

Equipment & Facilities

Gallery r, RIT’s Metro Showcase and Learning Laboratory for the Arts, in downtown Rochester operated by the School of Art students, solidifies the learning experience by bringing students’ work to the greater Rochester community.

Job Titles

Illustrator, Designer, Digital Illustrator, Art/Creative Director, Artist, Freelance Illustrator, Display Artist.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Adidas, American Greetings, Anthropologie, Apple, Atlantic Monthly, Bix Pix Animation, Cartoon Network, Disney, Dutton Children's Books, Educational Design, Enraged Panda Longboard Company, Google, Hallmark Cards, Informative Magazine, Laika Inc, Marvel Comics, New Readers Press, Nickelodeon, Penguin Books

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact James Bondi, the career services coordinator who works with the Illustration program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Shauna Newcomb, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603