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Illustration B.F.A.

Our illustration program balances imagination and self-expression with refinement of skills in drawing, painting, digital media and research.
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A person painting in an art studio.

About this Program

  • Develop your unique vision and aesthetic, with guidance toward your professional goals.
  • Take classes in traditional, digital and alternate media.
  • Explore industry specialties in the focus areas of visual development, editorial, sequential and product.
  • Learn from a professional faculty and active schedule of visiting artists and industry professionals.
  • Take field trips to New York City to visit the Society of Illustrators and MoCCAFest.
  • Study abroad in Florence, Italy, through Syracuse Abroad or spend a semester studying and interning in Los Angeles through the college’s LA Semester program.
  • Benefit from a strong, supportive alumni network.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

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College of Visual and Performing Arts

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse University, VPA supports the creative process and professional development of its students. VPA is divided into seven areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; the Department of Film and Media Arts; and the Department of Creative Arts Therapy.
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Major requirements: 51 credits
Art history requirements: 15 credits
Academic requirements: 9 credits
Academic electives: 18 credits
Studio electives: 24 credits
Free electives: 9 credits
Total Credits Required: 126

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad opportunity

Florence Semester

Spend a semester at Syracuse University’s center in Florence, Italy, where you’ll explore major museums and work in the University’s art studios, located in the historic art district. Or explore another study abroad destination through Syracuse Abroad, which offers more than 100 programs in over 60 countries.

Immersion opportunity

VPA LA Semester

The VPA LA Semester is an immersive professional development program that provides you with the opportunity to work as an intern in Los Angeles while taking academic courses taught by LA professionals with expertise in their given disciplines. The program is designed to broaden your understanding of career opportunities and gain skills to network and succeed in your career.

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