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 be used in a wide variety of activities within the field. We suggest beginning with a drawing course [and 2-D Design] followed by Illustration, and then by Intermediate Illustration and other elective courses.


Required Courses

Illustration: An Introduction
Fundamentals of 2-D Design
Drawing for Illustrators and Narrative Realists
Illustrator as Designer
Intermediate Illustration

Suggested Elective Courses

Anatomy: Skeleton
Color Theory for Artists, Designers, and the Color Curious
Digital Photography I
Illustrating Children's Books: Beginning to Intermediate
Graphic Novel
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Introduction to Typography
Visualizing Information
Lithography: Nuts and Bolts
Portfolio Prep for Illustrators and Designers
Screenprinting: The Whole Story

How to Apply

To apply to the Illustration Certificate program, complete our online application via Slideroom. There is a $35 application fee for our certificate programs. 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.


Questions?  Contact us by email
By phone: 617.627.0057