Application Deadline

We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until Monday, September 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, or until the program fills, whichever comes first.

Application Steps

Step 1: Gather the following materials

  • A brief letter (250-word maximum) that describes your relevant experience, transferable skills, knowledge of the field and commitment to professional growth
  • A resume that highlights how your education and any applicable experience fulfill the program’s admission requirements
  • Samples of your drawings or paintings that demonstrate ability to render representational images of animals or plant life:
    • At least one image should include movement such as an animal running or plant blowing in the wind, and at least three images should be in pencil, charcoal or ink.
    • A website address to view your samples online is required if you apply online.
    • Paper copies of your samples (no originals, please) or a website address are acceptable if you submit a paper application.

Step 2: Apply

Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.

After Applying

We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.

Related Resources


Applicants must have intermediate drawing experience (a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is preferred).

We recommend that you also have:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and basic digital illustration techniques
  • Prior coursework or experience in the biological or life sciences

English Proficiency

If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Technology Requirements

You must have a laptop computer running a recent version of the Windows (7 or later) or Mac (OSX 10.14 or later) operating system, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps, which includes Photoshop and Illustrator. Adobe offers a student rate for Creative Cloud All Apps when you purchase using a school-issued email address.

Earning the Certificate

You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.

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