St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
Our B.F.A. in Illustration develops your mastery of image creation in both traditional and digital formats. You will become proficient in the use of a wide range of media and the application of technical skills each requires.
Illustrators bring narratives to life through the process of making images. It is widely used in books, advertising, clothing, packaging, store displays, movies, graphics, video games, animation, character development, and social media.
The Department of Art and Design has attained the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, held by selective art schools nationwide.
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We accept portfolios and applications on a rolling basis, but you must submit the portfolio via SlideRoom on or before January 15 if you wish to be considered for one of the visual art scholarships. If you wish to apply for early action, please submit your portfolio via SlideRoom by December 15.
You may arrange for a portfolio review by either calling the Department of Art and Design to schedule an appointment with one of our senior faculty members, or by mailing your portfolio in digital form to:
The Department of Art and Design
Portfolio Submission, SJH, B-11
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
For portfolio requirements, please visit our department page. If you have additional questions after reading the portfolio requirements, please feel free to contact the Department Chair directly at: [email protected].
If you would like more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.
To earn a B.F.A. in Illustration, you complete 132 credits in core, major requirements, and elective courses as outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Science section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.
*Please note that studio art courses meet for six hours per week.
In addition, you must select five art electives (15 credits total).
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 survey 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.
The Department of Art and Design has been a leader in Global Education since 1989. All of the courses we offer abroad are applicable as art electives for B.F.A. candidates. We offer courses and programs in Rome, Paris, Spain, and around the world. We encourage you to use visual media to gain a broader understanding of humanity from both a global and personal perspective.
As a B.F.A. student at St. John's, you gain a solid foundation in art theory and its applications to various media. You learn from an enormously gifted, internationally-known faculty of artists whose work appears in galleries, exhibitions and publications in New York City, across the country, and around the world.
The Department of Art and Design offers full and partial scholarships to first-year students with a record of exemplary skills in high school. Two full-time, four-year scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate extraordinary proficiency in drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, graphic design, and/or photography.
St. John’s also awards a $1,000 incentive scholarship to high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in the visual arts. Students are selected through the portfolio review process. For more information, contact Nerissa Palad-Palermo: 718-990-6250; [email protected].
Our studios provide an ideal atmosphere for you to learn as you create under the guidance of master teachers. Our facilities include the state-of-the-art classrooms with cutting-edge equipment and software.
In each of our B.F.A. programs, you have the option of electing a thesis or internship as the culmination of your degree. Thesis students work closely with faculty to create a body of work that you may present to galleries or use as part of an M.F.A. application portfolio. Internships are available based on your interests and goals. Since we are located just 20 minutes from New York City, and have established a strong network of affiliates and alumni who now hold impressive positions within the art world, you have an extensive range of internship opportunities available to you. You benefit from our 50 years of experience and educational excellence in the visual arts.