Illustration / Animation Certificate and Degree Program

Digital Illustration Student work

The Illustration/Animation Certificate Program prepares students for careers in animation and in editorial illustration such as magazine, book illustration, medical illustration, and marine illustration or in advertising illustration such as product illustration, poster art, T-shirt and decal art. Students are encouraged to adhere to electives noted for a rounded educational experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Use fundamental illustration and animation skills
  • Select and use appropriate illustration and animation software and hardware
  • Demonstrate skills typically found in the illustration and animation field


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
ART 80 Drawing I 3
GD 141/ART 141 Graphic Rendering Techniques 3
GD 144 Typography 3
GD 145/ART 145 Graphic Illustration 3
GD 147 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
GD 149* Digital Illustration 3
GD 150* Digital Animation 3
GD 155 History of Animation 3
GD 210 Motion Graphics 3
Total Units for the Certificate 27

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.


Associate in Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: ART 40, 85*.