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Illustration, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
New York City, NY, United States
The BFA in Illustration program aims to provide the student with mastery in the creation of images in both traditional and digital formats. One of the goals of the illustration curriculum is for students to obtain proficiency in the use of a wide range of media and the application of technical skills required by each.
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Overview

After completing the foundation courses in a variety of media, students will move towards developing a structured sensitivity to storytelling through the creation of images in both traditional and digital formats.

Illustrators bring narratives to life through the process of making images. Defined more by its context and ability to tell stories through the visual, illustration is widely used in books, advertising, clothing, packaging, store displays, movies, graphics, video games, animation, character development, and social media.

Career Outcomes

Thanks to their strong personal and professional connections, our professors help students build their own networks in New York’s art scene. Seniors gain internships with publishers, magazines, advertising agencies, graphic design studios, museums, galleries, and other organizations that enable them to launch successful careers.

A new survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal survey includes St. John’s among its Top 100 colleges that are “most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions — areas that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of satisfaction.”  Studios, galleries, multimedia communications firms, and business companies, in general, rely on the creative intuition and skills of designers to reach their target audience. This competitive field is expected to grow an estimated 13 percent, especially in the interactive media sector. Our alumni find great success within their field of study and most of our interns are hired by the hosting firm before they even graduate.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    132 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Foundation Design
  • Color Theory
  • Drawing 
  • Illustration 
  • Digital Illustration
  • Anatomy & Figure Drawing 
  • Drawing as Illustration
  • Global Sketchbook
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Junior Sequential Art
  • Senior Sequential Art

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Online application
  • Official high school transcript(s) for all high schools attended
  • Official standardized test scores
  • Personal Essay 
  • Letters of Recommendation 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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