Apr 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Illustration Certificate

Department of Design, College of Fine and Performing Arts

18 credits


The Illustration Certificate is a cumulative experience of six required illustrations courses, (DSGN 347, DSGN 348, DSGN 357, DSGN 358, DSGN 367 and DSGN 368). Each course represents a unique approach to the illustration discipline, with DSGN 368 unique to the business of illustration, covering professional practices for the industry. The combination of courses is intended to give students the knowledge and skill set to augment their major and/or consider a career as a freelance illustrator.

Why Consider an Illustration Certificate?

Years ago, when the industry experienced a digital revolution, the illustration industry declined. Nearly all the illustration majors in the country dropped their curriculum and a vast majority of the illustrators were left to retool. Since then, there has been a resurgence of illustration technique and skill needs in industry. This Illustration Certificate is the only one of its kind in the Northwest.

 Contact Information

Design Department Chair
Cristina de Almeida
Fine Arts 106C

Illustration Coordinator
Keith Negley

Design Department Manager

 Sample Careers

Students may utilize the skillset to augment their existing design or art portfolios to work in the industry or may elect to secure a job that requires an illustrative skill set. Others may elect to opt for self-employment – securing freelance clients in the advertising, marketing or publishing industries.

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Please contact the department for declaration requirements.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s certificate courses, and supporting courses for certificates.