Illustration Certificate

The certificate program in Illustration provides you with a solid foundation in the practical and theoretical skills of illustration. 

SMFA offers a unique approach to illustration, maintaining its basis in fine art while teaching practical applications. You may choose to focus on a particular aspect of illustration—commercial illustration, computer illustration, animation, book illustration—or you may acquire general skills to use in a wide variety of activities within the field. We suggest beginning with a drawing course and Fundamentals of 2D Design followed by Illustration: Beginner, before moving on to intermediate level and elective courses.


Required Courses

Illustration: Beginner
Fundamentals of 2D Design
Drawing for Illustrators and Figurative Art
Illustration: Intermediate

Suggested Elective Courses

Anatomy for Life Drawing
Color Theory for Artists, Designers, and the Color Curious
Digital Photography: Beginner
Children's Books Illustration
Adobe Illustrator: Introduction
Typography: Introduction
Visualizing Information
Lithography: Nuts and Bolts
Portfolio Preparation for Illustrators and Designers
Screenprinting: A to Z

How to Apply

To apply to the Illustration certificate program, complete our online application via Slideroom. There is a $35 application fee. Payment is completed online when you submit your application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, there is no deadline to apply. Our office will contact you within 2-3 weeks.

Program Costs

Tuition is $975 per course during the fall and spring semesters. The certificate consists of ten courses (10 x $975). You can expect to pay approximately $9750 in tuition, plus the application fee ($35), for a total cost of $9785 for the certificate. Tuition is higher for courses taken during the summer session. For more information please see our course list. Tuition does not include the cost of class materials/supplies.


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