Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Illustration Certificate

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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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. For more information, visit: design.wwu.edu/illustration.html.

Why Consider an Illustration Certificate?

This Illustration Certificate is the only one of its kind in the Northwest. 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.

 Contact Information

Design Department Chair
John Gialanella
Art Annex 252

Illustration Coordinator
Andrea Heimer
BH 422B

Design Department Manager
Carrie Cooper
Fine Arts 127

 Sample Careers

Freelance | Advertising | Marketing | Publishing 

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

The Illustration Certificate is intended for design and studio art majors, but is open to all majors during certain phases of registration. 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.

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