Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Illustration Certificate

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

Department of Design, College of Fine and Performing Arts

18 credits


The Illustration Certificate is a cumulative experience of six required illustration courses. Students must complete five of the following illustration course offerings: DSGN 347, DSGN 348, DSGN 349, DSGN 357, DSGN 358, or DSGN 367. Each of these courses represents a unique approach to the illustration discipline. In addition, students must take DSGN 368, which focuses on 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
Kacey Morrow
Fine Arts 106B

Illustration Coordinator
Andrea Heimer
BH 422B

Design Department Manager
Carrie Cooper
Fine Arts 127

 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 opt for self-employment – securing freelance clients in the advertising, marketing or publishing industries.

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

The Illustration Certificate is intended for Design and Studio Art majors. Please contact the department for declaration requirements. Classes are open to other WWU majors and community members during Phase III registration.

Grade Requirements

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