Illustrators use graphical representation to give life to our imagination and the world around us. They are visual poets who are able to project the ideas of filmmakers, architects, fashion designers, authors, and many other creative individuals. At the New York Film Academy’s Illustration School, students not only learn the essentials of illustration in drawing, painting, and digital imaging techniques, but they also learn how to apply their skills to a variety of genres and industries and develop the entrepreneurial know-how to achieve their professional goals.
In the Academy’s illustration programs, the curriculum reflects and emphasizes the changing landscape of illustration, with students becoming immersed in the digital hardware and software that are standards of the industry. Our illustration school combines in-class instruction in the essential concepts of illustration with instructor-guided workshops and course assignments that will challenge each student to push his or herself to become a talented and in-demand illustrator.
Like other top illustration schools, NYFA is dedicated to developing the next generation of visual illustrators. You have the dream, let us give you the skills to turn it into a career.
Upon enrolling in the Illustration School at the Academy, students will take many of the following illustration courses depending on their program*.
Drawing: Form, Space & Perspective
Painting: Light, Color & Matter
Materials & Techniques for Illustrators
Illustration in Context: Audience & Application
Digital Illustration Survey
Text to Image
Anatomical Figure Drawing
Entrepreneurial Business Practices for Illustrators
Hybrid Imaging: Science Fiction & Fantasy Illustration
Self-Publishing: Zines & Comics
Illustrating for Interactivity
Building a Portfolio
Character & Concept Art for Entertainment
*Please choose the Illustration Program listed below to review its specific course offerings.
Students wishing to study illustration at the Academy can enroll throughout the year in either one of our programs. More information on the start dates and tuition for each illustration class can be viewed here.
Designed for students who wish to focus their undergraduate education on illustration while also receiving a solid foundation in the arts and sciences, the Academy offers the following BFA illustration degree program.