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.
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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 critical 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.
After completing the Illustration program, 80 percent of graduates found employment in the first year, 8 percent went on to further their studies, and 12 percent went on to other endeavors. 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 upon 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 grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
Note: This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons as first-year students in fall 2013 and later. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming and prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons catalog appropriate to their catalog year. See
Academic Policies for more details.
*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.
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
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