Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration
Summer 2023: June 19 – July 28
Completed over the course of two summers, the Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration offers working artists and art teachers a program to develop a personal vision and style for tomorrow’s picture book market. Courses explore and improve students’ art skills and knowledge of picture book fundamentals with studio practice and an in-depth study of both past and contemporary picture book illustrators.
Students undertake four courses of six credits each over two six-week summer terms. The first summer, they take Children’s Book Drawing Fundamentals and Intro To Children’s Book Media. Children’s Book Design and Children’s Book Portfolio are taken in the second summer. Intro to Children’s Book Media covers both traditional and digital media, as well as the medium of words— in the form of a picture book manuscript and book dummy. Certificate credits fulfill much of the Illustration component of the M.F.A. in Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating, and may also be counted toward that degree.
Children's Book Illustration
Courses explore and improve students’ art skills and knowledge of picture book fundamentals. An in-depth study of both past and contemporary picture book illustrators informs them.
Students undertake four courses of six credits each over two six-week summer terms. The first summer, they take Picture Book Drawing Fundamentals and Creating Picture Books for Children. Picture Book Design and Picture Book Media are taken in the second summer. Creating Picture Books for Children also includes the writing of picture book manuscripts as well as creating storyboards and book dummies.
An Encouraging and Supportive Faculty
“Like all artists, I look at the world with great interest and I want to record what I see. All my life I’ve been happiest creating some sort of visual record of the world around me.”
Ashley Wolff is the author and/or illustrator of over 50 children’s picture books.
Wolff created cutouts of both classic and contemporary picture book characters and placed them around the Hollins campus for the summer 2016 term. (Shown above, Mister Toad from Wind in the Willows.)
(Photo, right: Elizabeth Dulemba teaches during Children’s Book Design class.)
For more information:
Graduate Program in Children’s Literature
Runs concurrently with the certificate program.
One of the few in the country
Francelia Butler Conference on Children’s Literature
One-day, student-run conference.
Dedicated to the study of children’s literature
Writers-in-Residence and Guest Lecturers
Acclaimed scholars and writers.
Experts from the field
2023 summer term: $865 per credit hour.
Technology fee: $138.
Application Deadline: April 15
Want to Know More?
The Hollins University Graduate Center is happy to answer your questions.