Science Illustration courses

SICP 157: Digital Science Illustration

Explore science illustration using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop in conjunction with traditional techniques. Current illustration styles and conventions will be covered including techniques making digital mediums and science accessible to everyone. No prior digital art or science experience necessary.

Units: 3 — 3

SICP 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Science Illustration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

SICP 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Science Illustration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

SICP 301: Field Sketching Techniques

Sketch the sweeping vistas of Big Sur, tide pools of Pacific Grove, streams meandering through giant coastal redwoods, as well as historic Cannery Row. Focus will be on learning to use quick observation & field sketching techniques while experiencing the rich ecosystems of California's central coast. (Graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor).

Units: 3 — 3

SICP 302: Marine Science Illustration

Explore techniques necessary for illustrating marine subjects and their environments. Starting with a field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we will draw inspiration from one of the richest marine environments in the earth's oceans. Current science illustration styles and conventions will be covered, with a focus on watercolor and graphite.

Units: 3 — 3

SICP 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Science Illustration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

SICP 501: Introduction to Science Illustration

Instruction in black and white techniques, including graphite, pen and ink, coquille, and scratchboard. Attention to the tools and skills essential for creating accurate and effective scientific illustrations.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 502: Field Sketching

Sharpens visual perception, drawing, and design skills through extensive sketching practice. A broad range of media are explored, including graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor and mixed media. Field trips to forest, riparian, coastal and other environments provide varied subject matter from which to draw. Basic morphology of commonly illustrated organisms, methods of collecting visual information, and design experimentation are discussed.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 503: Introduction to Digital Media

Exploration of basic techniques in digital media. Covers basic skills in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, workflow and project organization.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 504: Science Illustration in Color

Intensive instruction in colored pencil, watercolor, and mixed media. Emphasis on keen observational skills, mastery of color concepts, and communicating accurate information using color media.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 505: Applied Techniques in Natural Science Illustration

Builds on skills gained in previous courses to increase professionalism in all areas of science illustration. Topics include improving skills with media, integration of images with text, work strategies and business practices, and the illustrator/art director relationship. Emphasis on special-view and conceptual/editorial types of illustration: representing abstract, multi-faceted, socially delicate, and/or un-photographable subject matter.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 506: Advanced Techniques in Color Science Illustration

An intensive investigation of advanced color techniques, with a focus on gouache, acrylic, and mixed media. Emphasis on idea generation, composition, and visual storytelling.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 507: Exhibit Preparation and Portfolio Development

Hands on training in preparing a museum-quality exhibit from start to finish. In addition, students add to and prepare their portfolios for review by science illustration professionals.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 508: Design of Graphics for Motion, Web, and Print

Exploration of techniques used to construct illustrations for use across multiple platforms including motion graphics, web, print and social media. This course covers intermediate techniques in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator and introduces Adobe After Effects and In Design.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 509: Botanical Illustration

With herbaria, live specimens, and field drawings as reference, students produce botanical images using a variety of media. Basic plant morphology, dissection studies, plant environments and human usages of plants are integrated into illustration assignments.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 510: Zoological Illustration

Focuses on production of zoological illustrations as they are most commonly used in publication. Using appropriate traditional and/or digital media, students produce several illustrations on topics such as form & function, behavior, and animals in their habitats¿all with an aim toward portfolio development. Techniques for representing dimension, texture, and detail as well as morphology and movement of animals are discussed during the course of individual projects.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 511: Applied Integration of Digital Media

Exploration of intermediate to advanced techniques integrating digital media into the context of a multi media science illustration workflow. Concentration on projects rooted in real world professional scenarios.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 512: Special Topics in Science Illustration

Seminar series including practical and topical studies on a variety of subjects such as proper handling of natural history specimens, use of dissecting and compound microscopes, safety and health awareness for illustrators, portfolio design, preparation for a science illustration internship, writing an effective cover letter, and current trends and issues in the field of science illustration.

Units: 4 — 4

SICP 513: Internship

After the completion of the academic course work, students gain practical, real-life experience in the field of science illustration by completing a minimum ten-week internship at a museum, research institution, aquarium, science magazine, nature center, or graphic arts studio. The internship provides the opportunity for students to hone their skills, meet agreed upon expectations, and network in a professional setting.

Units: 6 — 6