Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Digital Photography

Continuing Education – Illustration

Digital Arts Advanced Certificate

Take your illustration skills to a new level. In the Digital Arts Advanced Certificate program, you'll build a foundation in drawing and illustration, and add area(s) of professional concentration.

As an Advanced Certificate student, you'll choose from a wide range of program options to meet your creative or career goals. For Digital Arts students, we recommend Digital Photography or Fine Arts. Exciting choices await—customize your program for a deeper portfolio.

Extend your digital design skills. (Student work by Gary Palmatier.)

Build a Deeper Portfolio in 12 Months


Gain A Foundation in Design Skills


Add Areas of Concentration


Complete Your Program in 12 Months

Program Outline

Professional Certificate - 9 months

Level 1

  • 4218 Photoshop Basics
  • 4017 Color Theory
  • 4226 Illustrator Basics
  • 4018 Intro To Drawing
  • (Or 4220 Digital Illustration Basics)

Level 2

  • 4227 Illustrator Advanced
  • 4501 Drawing I
  • 4222 Digital Illustration Advanced

See certificate program outcomes.

Choose a Concentration - 3 Months

Digital Photography Concentration

  • 7002 Digital Photography I OR
  • 7004 Digital Photography II
  • 4242 Color Correction
  • 7015 Digital Photography w/Lightroom


    Fine Arts Concentration

  • 4800 History of Art
  • 4216 Figure Drawing
  • 4700 Painting I


Customize your program by choosing one of 12 Available Concentrations.

Student Feedback

"I loved everything about Sessions online courses. The instructors were all fantastic! They answered any question that I may have had during the course. I learned so much during the time that I was a student." - Virginia Lamp, Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration Design

Learn to design from a faculty of professional artists and designers.

Career Information

Program graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as illustrators. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, illustrators must "demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs."

Potential employers for illustration graduates include fashion design, advertising, publishing, game development, consumer goods, and Fortune 500 companies. Job titles include include: Illustrator, Cartoonist/Illustrator, Graphic Artist, and more.

Visit our Career Center for more information, or browse the Federal Occupational Handbook or O*NET database.

Getting Started

Enrolling online is easy and convenient.


Complete our free application form online.


Ask us about payment options and customizing your program.


Confirm your payment and register online.

Program At a Glance

Open Admissions. The Advanced Certificate is open admissions, with classes starting each month. To apply for the program, simply complete our free, no-obligation application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

Twelve Month Program. Classes start at the beginning of each month. The program includes one Professional Certificate (9 months) and one Concentration (3 months). The program can be completed in 12 months studying on a part time schedule. Additional 3-month concentrations may be added. Students must complete the Professional Certificate in order to enter concentrations. If you need more time to complete, there is a painless extension policy for an additional 6 months of access for students who qualify based on academic progress.

To take this program, you’ll need the following software and supplies. Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

Core Program

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • A digital camera for photographing drawing work.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC.
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.


  • Additional requirements will vary depending on your choice of concentration(s).

Effective May 1, 2020, tuition and fees for Advanced Certificate programs are as follows:

Advanced Certificate
Registration Fee$200
Total Cost$4,225

Paid in Full Discount: Total program cost is $3,999 for students who pay in full.

Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable five days after beginning of Orientation class or submission of first assignment). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

Payment Plan

Affording your education just got easier with our Payment Plan.

  • Pay for your Advanced Certificate with 13 monthly payments of $325.
  • Your first payment (which includes a $200 Registration Fee) is due at enrollment.