Department of Science Illustration
The CSUMB Science Illustration Certificate Program provides students with essential creative and professional skills for building a career in science illustration and related fields.
About the program
- Students attend 9 months of in person classes from September to June. A list of program courses can be viewed in the Course Catalog. These courses meet in person at our classroom at the CSUMB campus, there is no online/virtual option.
- After completing these classes, students complete a summer or fall internship which may be attended in person or online.
- The entire certificate program can be completed within 12–15 months.
- Admission to the program is limited to 18 students each year.
- Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in order to apply.
- Visit our Application and Costs page for information about the application process, program costs, financial aid, and instructions for international students.
- Visit the “About the program” section of our FAQ page for additional general information.
- Traditional science illustration techniques and media are demonstrated and developed in foundational studies.
- Digital media skills are emphasized in every quarter and introduce students to software and workflows being used by industry professionals.
- Students become well-versed in zoological and botanical subjects with opportunities to work from specimens and in the field.
- Guest lecturers with expertise in art direction, art law, and science communication make special presentations and provide insight into what goes into a successful science illustration career.
- Students learn how to design and assemble a gallery exhibit to showcase their work at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
- After completing 9 months of academic course work, students gain additional experience by completing a summer or fall internship with a science magazine, museum, aquarium, university press, zoological or botanical institution, newspaper, or graphic arts studio. For more information, visit the “Internships and Careers” section of our FAQ page.
Session 1: September – December
- SICP 501 - Introduction to Science Illustration
- SICP 502 - Field Sketching
- SICP 503 - Introduction to Digital Media
- SICP 512 - Special Topics in Science Illustration
Session 2: January – March
- SICP 504 - Science Illustration in Color
- SICP 505 - Applied Techniques in Natural Science Illustration
- SICP 507 - Professional Practices for Science Illustrators
- SICP 508 - Design of Graphics for Motion, Web, and Print
Session 3: April – June
- SICP 506 - Advanced Techniques in Color Science Illustration
- SICP 509 - Botanical Illustration
- SICP 510 - Zoological Illustration
- SICP 511 - Applied Integration of Digital Media
Session 4: June – December
- SICP 513 - Internship