Cultivate your vision, authorial voice, creative problem-solving abilities, and curiosity while translating ideas into forms including picture books, graphic novels, hand lettering, editorial and advertising illustrations, toy designs, animations, and surface and display design.
Explore the BFA Illustration community to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at amt.parsons.edu/illustration. This program is part of Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Design (AMT).
In this major, you create work for reproduction and distribution, developing your visual storytelling skills through representational drawing and painting coupled with text, design of three-dimensional objects, and animation across time. Art and design history and theory courses complement studio courses, giving you the research, writing, and reasoning skills you need to effectively develop and share your ideas and concepts. And university electives broaden your skills and perspectives with a wide range of liberal arts courses in the humanities, the social sciences, media studies, and business.
Learn directly from the perspectives of illustrators and critics around the world. You can apply your learning in projects and internships with Parsons partners including Nickelodeon, Toon Books, the New York Times, Moleskine, Barnes & Noble, and Brooklyn Industries. Events like Comic Arts Brooklyn, MoCCA Fest, and other professional gatherings build your network and provide you with opportunities to showcase your work before you graduate. You can also connect with New York–based professional organizations such as American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators, which host competitions and industry events that bring acclaimed art directors, illustrators, and publishing professionals to New York City and the Parsons campus.
Graduates pursue careers in illustration, comics, graphic novels, publishing, toy and product design, pattern and surface design, advertising, motion graphics, fine art, animation, and installation design.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 120 credits as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and fulfill all requirements in
a timely manner.
To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive.
*Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in any sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.
**The three first-year studio courses — Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time — can be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.
Program alumni work in a range of fields, from motion graphics to commercial illustration to education, for leading firms and organizations including the ones shown below.
Peter de Sève
Movies: Ice Age I-III
Sun Min Kim
Director, Society of Illustrators
Robin Preiss Glasser
Illustrator of the Fancy Nancy books (New York Times bestsellers)
David E. Stein
All applicants are required to apply online using the
Common Application. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials will be submitted through
Learn more about what Parsons students, faculty, and alumni are doing throughout the city and around the world.
Explore the Illustration Community
Ben Katchor, Program Director
Art, Media, Tech
Read and Download Viewbook