Camille Applewhite, Adult Continuing Education student

NEW for Fall 2016: Designed to support individual students' immediate creative goals and long-term aspirations, the Certificate in Studio Art and Design reflects SAIC's interdisciplinary art and design curriculum.

Requirements can be completed in one year at a rate of two courses per semester and include the following:

Studio Course (1)

Electives (4)

Culminating Course (1)

Total required courses: 6

The sequence of electives can take many forms to suit the individual needs of the adult learner, emphasizing personal enrichment, preparation for further study, and more. 

Below are three examples. Choose one, or create your own custom experience. 

 FallSpringSummer
Example 1
  • Studio: Surface, Space, Time
  • Paper Sculpture and Design: The Meeting of 2D and 3D
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling
  • Introduction to Product Design
  • Product Design Intensive
  • Critique and Exhibition
Example 2
  • Studio: Surface, Space, Time
  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Figure Drawing for Illustration
  • Digital Design: Adobe Illustrator
  • Sequential Illustration: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Critique and Exhibition
Example 3
  • Studio: Surface, Space, Time
  • Creative Encounter: Process as Research
  • Drawing from Imagination
  • Memories in the Windy City
  • Experimental Drawing and Painting Intensive: Exploring Contemporary Practice
  • Critique and Exhibition


Completion of the Certificate in Studio Art and Design requires a portfolio review by a Continuing Studies faculty member, submission of a signed Certificate Program Completion Form, and a minimum of three (3) digital images from the student's body of work.

Note: Required courses may not be offered every semester (fall, spring, summer). Please contact Continuing Studies for suggestions on organizing your course sequence.

* Artwork: Camille Applewhite, Adult Continuing Education student