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Certificate in Natural Science Illustration

Approved by the UW School of Art 

Certificates » Natural Science Illustration
Program Features
  • Hands-on experience with digital illustration techniques in the Mac computer lab
  • Field trips to the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Skagit River Wildlife Refuge and more
  • Creation of a portfolio of your natural science illustrations suitable for publication or educational exhibits
  • Guest presentations on career advice and artistic skill training
  • Year-end class anthology showcasing your work
  • Public exhibit of your work at the UW Burke Museum
  • Opportunity to submit your work to Stratus: Journal of Arts & Writing
Who Should Apply
  • Artists and illustrators
  • Scientists who want to add visual illustration skills to their expertise
Learn how to render detailed zoological and botanical illustrations using a variety of media. Develop a comprehensive set of nature illustration skills using carbon dust, color pencil, stipple pen and ink, watercolor and gouache. Study principles related to forms, biomechanics and structural diversity found in the animal kingdom. Learn digital illustration and online publishing techniques, and get tips on contracts, copyrights and how to market your work.
Key Outcome
You will be prepared for a career in natural science illustration, which includes publishing your work or consulting for zoos and botanical societies.
Start Location Program ID Status
Autumn 2015  Details Details UW Seattle 5129 In Development
Autumn 2014  Details Details UW Seattle 4734 Closed
Course Dates Days Instructor
Principles of Natural Science Illustration Oct 6 - Dec 8, 2014 M Jones
Zoological Illustration Oct 8 - Dec 17, 2014 W Weyer
Wildlife Illustration Jan 5 - Mar 9, 2015 M Rulon
Vertebrate Illustration Jan 7 - Mar 11, 2015 W Weyer
Applied Techniques of Natural Science Illustration Mar 30 - Jun 8, 2015 M Rulon
Botanical Illustration Apr 1 - Jun 3, 2015 W Jones
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Program Highlights
Natural Science Illustration: Video Thumbnail

Bart Rulon, one of the instructors of the Certificate in Natural Science Illustration, gives you an in-depth look into the program.

2013–2014 Class Anthology 

Read About the Student Experience 

Program Graduate Writes About Value of Natural Science Illustration 

I benefitted most from the outstanding expertise and dedication of the program’s instructors and the collective knowledge and support of my peers. I now feel much closer to paving my unique path as an artist, both technically and creatively.

Laura H.

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