Graphic Design: Illustration Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


Provides students with skills and knowledge in the area of graphic design: illustration. Illustration is exploding in the digital environment. Illustrators need to have excellent drawing skills, know the history of their craft, and be proficient with programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Create illustrated communications, from conceptual development to final artifact using a range of media, both traditional and digital, for final output both printed and digital.
  2. Incorporate historic and contemporary illustration influences in the creation of design solutions.
  3. Sketch and refine preliminary concepts for traditional and digital outcomes as well as conceptual ideation.
  4. Incorporate Illustration fundamentals, both traditional and digital, into illustration solutions.
  5. Apply color theory to the creation of illustrative solutions, including color harmony and developing intended emotive reactions.
  6. Utilize current illustration terminology as a basis for discussing and evaluating illustrations, student and professional.
  7. Construct vector and raster files for use in print, motion and digital outcomes.
  8. Develop digital work environments and appropriated file formats for saving work.
  9. Utilize current industry software and equipment.
  10. Develop and present a portfolio of projects for use in seeking an entry-level position or transfer to a four-year degree program. Participate in graduating student gallery show.
Career Opportunities
  • Story Board Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Editorial Cartoonist
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Digital Artist
  • Graphic Artist

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2020 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.