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Illustration, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
, KS,
The 60-credit, part-time, evening and weekend Illustration program was created for working illustrators seeking advanced study, preparing them to better assume their roles and responsibilities in a world of new media opportunities and rapidly evolving technologies. The curriculum is designed to encourage individual creativity and innovation. 


In our increasingly visual world, the illustrator plays a critical role in communicating ideas and information. The convergence of art and technology is creating opportunities and challenges that require new skills and new perspectives on the field. FIT’s Master of Fine Arts in Illustration prepares you to be an innovative visual communicator, and fosters the entrepreneurial approach that professional illustrators need.  

This program is for self-motivated illustrators who want to further develop their personal vision and for experienced illustrators seeking to reinvigorate their careers. Studio practice in drawing, painting, and digital media—and the integration of all three—provides a platform for you to find your own voice. Through a focus on studio practice along with classes on creative writing and research, you’ll gain a broad perspective on the illustrator’s role across different media. A faculty of noted illustrators offer rigorous assignments designed to elicit high-quality, competitive work. You’ll hear distinguished guest lecturers and take advantage of FIT’s New York City location with frequent field trips to museums and galleries.

The program culminates in a visual thesis body of work that is displayed in an exhibition at The Museum at FIT. Exhibits have included animation, concept art, children’s books, graphic novels, murals, and reportage.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Digital Boot Camp 
  • Thesis 1: Initiating the Process 
  • The History of Amencan Illustration 
  • Drawing for Illustration 

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Part-time
        • Average part-time duration 36 months
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: 3

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

      •  Completed applications
      •  Essay 
      •  Curriculum Vitae / Resume
      • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. 
      • Applicants who do not hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, must take either The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Language Test (PTE).
      • Two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional are required and must be submitted as indicated on the application form.
      • Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies.

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  954 USD/credit
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 954 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
                • National Applies to you

                  467 USD/credit
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 467 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Manhattan

                • 900 - 1400 USD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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