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
Illustrating for Design Projects
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
Illustration for Mythology
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. The certificate consists of ten courses (10 x $975). You should expect to pay $9750 in tuition, plus the application fee ($35), for a total cost of $9785 for the certificate. This does not include the cost of the materials or supplies you may need to purchase. 


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