Academic Catalogs

Narrative Illustration, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_CAIL
Control Number: 22409

The Narrative Illustration option places its emphasis on a great variety of drawing and painting courses. The diversity of its curriculum may lead the student into career alternatives, such as Illustration for books, including children’s literature, magazines, entertainment art, editorial illustrations and corporate brochures. Students will work in hand made traditional media as well as digital art and illustrations.

Program Outcomes

  1. Create a series of illustrations in a variety of mediums demonstrating techniques and applications of current hands-on illustration techniques.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in drawing, perspective, and various mediums.
  3. Create a portfolio utilizing multiple design techniques for the purpose of becoming freelance commercial artists and/or acceptance to an art college or university for advanced learning.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional 3
ART A120 Beginning Drawing 3
DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives (see list) 2-3
Semester 2
ART A121 Life Drawing 1 3
ART A125 Perspective Drawing 3
Illustrator for Design
or Photoshop for Design
Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives (see list) 2-3
Semester 3
ART A124 Advanced Drawing 3
ART A130
Painting 1
or Digital Painting
ART A143 Story Illustration Techniques 3
Select one of the following: 3
Life Sculpture 1  
Figure Composition  
Life Painting 1  
Semester 4
ART A144 Illustration 2 - Sequential Illustration 3
ART A180 Professional Studies 2.5
Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives (see list) 3-4
 Total Units42.5-45.5

First/Second Semester Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
ART A102Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art History3
ART A130Painting 13
ART A135Digital Painting3
ART A111Color and Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART A142Life Sculpture 13
ART A286Book Arts2
BUS A100/A100HIntroduction to Business3
ENGL A143/A143HChildren's Literature3
MKTG A100Introduction to Marketing3

Fourth Semester Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
ART A118Visual Communication 13
ART A236Life Painting 13
ART A251Character Design3
ART A263Watercolor 13
ART A269Cartooning 13
DMAD A117Rapid Illustration Techniques3
DMAD A190Illustrator for Design3
DMAD A193Photoshop for Design3
DMAD A2802D Animation3
DMAD A2813D Computer Graphics Animation3