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The 2021 FIT MFA in Illustration candidates have spent the past three years of graduate study supporting, challenging, and encouraging each other through remarkable and extraordinary circumstances. As individuals they are talented, dedicated artists. As a group they are unbreakable. Displayed here are 11 projects exploring narratives with themes of personal analysis, cultural history, science, reportage, and fantasy. Viewed together, the work is a powerful unified artistic expression.

We are proud to present this work that represents the culmination of three years of academic study and professional development for the class of 2021.

Brendan Leach, Chair
Anelle Miller, Thesis Faculty
Dennis Dittrich, Thesis Faculty

The MFA in Illustration at FIT is a three-year program designed to provide opportunities to develop a creative voice and refine technical skills. All aspects of the illustration field are explored. Students complete a qualifying academic paper that focuses on a specific element of illustration history, criticism, or cultural impact. The program culminates with a visual thesis, initiated by the student, which synthesizes all elements of the program.

FIT is one of New York City’s premier public institutions and part of the State University of New York system.

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