Effective 1 June 2024 through 31 May 2025

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Art, Design and Art History and is only available at the St. Louis main campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

Program Description

The certificate in illustration offers students not seeking the more intensive BFA in illustration the opportunity to compliment their degree with a series of courses focused on illustration. As a supplement to their related major the certificate demonstrates greater experience in drawing and a practical knowledge of the common materials and techniques for illustration.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates with the illustration certificate will be able to:

  • Express an individual, creative voice through illustration.
  • Access a broad range of studio experience.
  • Utilize the formal vocabularies of illustration, art, design or animation.
  • Practice drawing as a foundation for the complete process of illustration, from concept exploration to finished execution.
  • Implement the technical skills, theory and methods applicable to the field of Illustration.

Special Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements needed for a BA in art, a BFA in art other than illustration, BFA in graphic design, or a BA in animation. Students may not gain the certificate in illustration if they are seeking the BFA illustration emphasis.

Certificate Requirements

Core Courses (12 hours)

  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 2130 Illustration (3 hours)
  • ART 3120 Narrative Figure Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 3160 Topics in Illustration and Drawing (3 hours)

Additional Requirements (6 credits)

Choose from the following:

  • ART 2410 Painting I (3 hours)
  • ART 2610 Printmaking Concepts and Techniques (3 hours)
  • ART 3140 Digital Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 3150 Anatomy Studies (3 hours)
  • ART 3060 Text and Image (3 hours)
  • DESN 1500 Digital Visualizations (3 hours)
  • DESN 2200 Design Play (3 hours)
  • DESN 2500 Design for Digital Portfolios (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4010 Character Design (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4040 Concept Art (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation (3 hours)