Program in Illustration School of Graduate Studies Fashion Institute of Technology

Program in Illustration School of Graduate Studies Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
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average amount to complete degree
February 15
fall application deadline
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acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Programs of Study

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a State University of New York (SUNY) college of art and design, business, and technology, is home to a mix of innovative achievers, creative thinkers, and industry pioneers. FIT fosters interdisciplinary initiatives, advances research, and provides access to an international network of professionals. With a reputation for excellence, FIT offers its diverse student body access to world-class faculty, dynamic and relevant curricula, and a superior education at an affordable cost. It offers seven programs of graduate study. The programs in Art Market: Principles and Practices; Exhibition Design; Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice; and Sustainable Interior Environments lead to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The Illustration program leads to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.). The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) programs are Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, and Global Fashion Management.

The 60-credit evening and weekend Illustration M.F.A. program is designed for working professionals seeking advanced study to further develop their skills as master illustrators. The program focuses on high-level techniques, new media applications, and illustration business practices. The curriculum encompasses digital and traditional studio methods, entrepreneurial research and writing, and opportunities in new and emerging markets. The program features assignments that mirror marketplace demands and specifications, regular guest lecturers, an intensive trip to the West Coast that provides opportunities for interactions with artists at film and entertainment studios, and regular off-campus engagement with New York City's art and design world. Students complete a visual thesis project and an independently researched and written master's thesis.

Research Facilities

The School of Graduate Studies is primarily located in the campus's Shirley Goodman Resource Center, which also houses the Gladys Marcus Library and The Museum at FIT. School of Graduate Studies facilities include conference rooms; a fully equipped conservation laboratory; a multipurpose laboratory for conservation projects and the dressing of mannequins; storage facilities for costume and textile materials; a graduate student lounge with computer and printer access; a graduate student library reading room with computers, reference materials, and copies of past classes' qualifying and thesis papers; specialized wireless classrooms; traditional and digital illustration studios; and classrooms equipped with model stands, easels, and drafting tables.

The Gladys Marcus Library houses more than 300,000 volumes of print, nonprint, and digital resources. Specialized holdings include industry reference materials, manufacturers' catalogues, original fashion sketches and scrapbooks, photographs, portfolios of plates, and sample books. The FIT Digital Library provides access to over 90 searchable online databases.

The Museum at FIT houses one of the world's most important collections of clothing and textiles and is the only museum in New York City dedicated to the art of fashion. The permanent collection encompasses more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular strength in twentieth-century fashion, as well as 30,000 textiles and 100,000 textile swatches. Each year, nearly 100,000 visitors are drawn to the museum's award-winning exhibitions and public programs.

Financial Aid

FIT directly administers its institutional grants, scholarships, and loans. Federal funding administered by the college may include Federal Perkins Loans, federally subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans for students, Grad PLUS loans, and the Federal Work-Study Program. Priority for institutionally administered funds is given to students enrolled and designated as full-time.

Cost of Study

Tuition for New York State residents is $4599 per semester, or $383 per credit. Out-of-state residents' tuition is $8352 per semester, or $696 per credit. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of FIT's Board of Trustees. Additional expenses--for class materials, textbooks, and travel--may apply and vary per program.

Living and Housing Costs

On-campus housing is available to graduate students. Traditional residence hall accommodations (including meal plan) cost from $6119 to $6299 per semester. Apartment-style housing options (not including meal plan) cost from $5241 to $9521 per semester.

Student Group

Enrollment in the School of Graduate Studies is approximately 200 students per academic year, allowing considerable individualized advisement. Students come to FIT from throughout the country and around the world.

Student Outcomes

Students in the Illustration program graduate with a personal vision, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the skills needed to succeed as freelance illustrators.


FIT is located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, at the heart of the advertising, visual arts, marketing, fashion, business, design, and communications industries. Students are connected to New York City and gain unparalleled exposure to their field through guest lectures, field trips, internships, and sponsored competitions. The location provides access to major museums, galleries, and auction houses as well as dining, entertainment, and shopping options. The campus is near subway, bus, and commuter rail lines.


Applicants to all School of Graduate Studies programs must hold a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate major from a college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. International students from non-English-speaking countries are required to submit minimum TOEFL scores of 550 on the written test, 213 on the computer test, or 80 on the Internet test. Each major has additional, specialized prerequisites for admission; for detailed information, students should visit the School of Graduate Studies on FIT's Web site.

Domestic and international students use the same application when seeking admission. The deadline for completed applications with transcripts and supplemental materials is February 15 for the Illustration program. After the deadline date, applicants are considered on a rolling admissions basis. Candidates may apply online at

Correspondence and Information

School of Graduate Studies

Shirley Goodman Resource Center, Room E315

Fashion Institute of Technology

227 West 27 Street

New York, New York 10001-5992

Phone: 212-217-4300

Fax: 212-217-4301


Web sites:

The Faculty

A partial list of faculty members is below. Guest lecturers are not included.

Melanie Reim, Associate Chairperson; M.F.A., Syracuse.

Daniel Abraham, J.D., Miami (Florida).

Peter Cusack, M.A., Syracuse.

Michael De Feo, studied at Tyler School of Art.

Dennis Dittrich, M.F.A., Syracuse.

Daniel Filippone, M.F.A., New York Academy of Art.

Rudy Gutierrez, B.F.A., Pratt.

Michael Hyde, Ph.D., NYU.

Dorothea Lasky, M.F.A., Massachusetts Amherst; Ed.D., Pennsylvania.

Albert Lorenz, M.S., Columbia.

Monika Maniecki, M.A., Fashion Institute of Technology.

Anelle Miller, B.F.A., Parsons.

Daniel Pelavin, M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Cheryl Phelps, B.F.A., Memphis College of Art.

Zina Saunders, studied at Cooper Union.

Chris Spollen, B.F.A., Parsons.

Nancy Stahl, Arizona; Art Center College of Design; School of Visual Arts.

Murray Tinkelman, studied at Cooper Union; Brooklyn Museum of Art School.

Martin Wittig, B.F.A., School of Visual Arts.

Carmile S. Zaino, B.F.A., Parsons.

Location & Contact

Program in Illustration

School of Graduate Studies
Fashion Institute of Technology

Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001-5992
United States

Vincent Di Fate

Professor, Fashion Illustration

Phone: 212-217-5814

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Illustration Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
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    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
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  • Acceptance Rate
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  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
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Tuition & Fees

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    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
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