Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. They must give evidence, by undergraduate record, submission of portfolio, and letters of recommendation, of their capacity to undertake the program.
Download a PDF application form. Further information on the program may be requested from:
Director, Graduate Program in Children’s Literature
P. O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
Phone: (540) 362-6575
Fax: (540) 362-6288
Fees and Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2013 summer term is $745 per credit hour. Financial assistance in the form of student loans may be available. (To apply, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), found online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Wait a few weeks for the paperwork to clear, and then contact our Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance at (540) 362-6332 or email@example.com to follow-up on the paperwork.) Students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $400 within two weeks of their acceptance. Deposits are credited toward summer tuition charges.
If tuition were to remain the same in summer term 2014, the total tuition cost for completion of the certificate would be $17,880. Tuition is reviewed annually, however, and may not remain the same next summer.
Students are charged a technology fee of $75 in the summer. There are also fees associated with the particular courses totaling approximately $400.
Housing is available for 2013 in student apartments (private bedroom with shared living room, kitchen, and bath) or in dormitory rooms (communal kitchen and one bath per hall). The cost is $1,015 for the six-week term.
Q: How long does it take to complete the Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration?
A: It takes two six-week summer terms. Four courses are required for the certificate and students will take two in each summer term.
Q: I didn't see a letter of recommendation form. Did I miss it?
A: We do not have a form for letters of recommendation. Just have your referees write a letter. Remember that two letters of recommendation are required.
Q: I need financial aid. How do I apply for it?
A: Student loans may be available. To apply, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), found online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Wait a few weeks for the paperwork to clear, and then contact our Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance at (540) 362-6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org to follow-up on the paperwork.
Students may wish to search for funding on their own by checking FastWeb.com and FinAid.org. Both websites provide information regarding student grants and scholarships that may be available.
Q: What kind of portfolio do I need to send?
A: The portfolio presented for application should demonstrate your ability to pursue a graduate certificate in children’s book illustration. The portfolio should be submitted digitally and include six to ten pieces for review. Jpgs around 600 x 1000 pixels are ideal. The portfolio should be submitted online to email@example.com.
- Application for Admission
- Nonrefundable processing fee ($40)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Transcripts of all undergraduate work
- Transcripts of any graduate work