California State Univ. - Monterey Bay - Graduate Certificate Program

PROGRAM TYPE: Graduate Certificate
LENGTH: 9.5 months, 14 courses, + minimum 10-week internship
Gavilan Hall, Bldg. 201, Suite 209
Seaside, CA, 93955-8001
email: [email protected]
brochure: Science_Illustration_Trifold_sm.pdf

One of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the nation, the Science Illustration Graduate Certificate at CSU Monterey Bay prepares students for rewarding careers in science illustration. The program consists of 9.5 months of coursework followed by a minimum 10-week internship. Graduates are sought after by world-renowned institutions and publications, and their work can be found in the following places of distinction, among others:

Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Smithsonian’s National Zoo (Washington, D.C.), Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA), The Field Museum (Chicago, IL), Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA), Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (Ithaca, NY), Harvard Veterinary School (Boston, MA), American Museum of Natural History (New York City, NY), London Museum of Natural History (UK)

National Geographic Magazine, Scientific American, American Scientist, Science, Audubon, Nature

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit at portfolio of 10-20 images, a statement of purpose, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. We strongly encourage applicants to submit digital illustrations as well as traditional work, as we are now requiring potential graduate students to enter the program with some prior experience with the Adobe Creative Suite or similar digital arts software.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in science, and must be able to demonstrate a strong background in representational drawing, as well as a developed sense of aesthetics. Other degrees are eligible for admission if the portfolio exhibits keen observational skills and if the applicant can demonstrate a strong interest in and understanding of science. 

For undergraduates, graduate students, or members of the community interested in building their skills in science illustration, we offer condensed summer courses in field sketching, botanical illustration, marine illustration, and digital illustration. All levels of experience are welcome.

More information about the graduate certificate program as well as our summer courses can be found on the program website at


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