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The Digital Illustration/Animation certificate is designed to provide knowledge and skills that are essential building blocks in the field of Animation/Video for Multimedia. All courses within this certificate are also part of a AAAS degree in Animation/Video for Multimedia.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
18 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus
Tuition & Fees

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $631.60 $706.40 $1,090.10 $1,522.80
12 credits (full-time) $1,359.08 $1,510.28 $2,283.78 $3,156.04
15 credits  $1,524.20 $1,677.80 $2,460.45 $3,343.00

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $60 - $200 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  1. Use concept development procedures and visual communication problem solving in image production environments
  2. Use computer software applications to create illustrations and other graphic materials
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of color, perspective, line quality and other illustrative factors
  4. Explain 3-D concept development, construction, modeling, texture mapping and animation

Careers & Opportunities

Graduates are hired as illustrators, animators, game artists, photo editors, graphic artists, advertising agency positions (including support staff), numerous positions in publication houses, educational-visual staff and other visual communications services, public relations firms, news agencies and print shops.

Potential employers include: Students who complete the certificate program may find employment in a variety of settings including advertising agencies, publication houses, graphics departments, news agencies, photography studios, print shops and even freelance employment. This certificate is also a fundamentally important base for those interested in pursuing careers within the gaming, game design and animation industry.