Continuing Education and Customized Training


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–Thomas Detwiler, MCTC Continuing Education French Student


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Certificate in Illustration

Would you like to pursue a career as an illustrator? Enjoy communicating ideas visually? Have you considered pursuing a career as an illustrator?

The Certificate in Illustration will provide you with practical insight into and overall understanding of many important facets of illustration, expose you to the business aspects of the field, and give you a solid foundation from which to build a career as an illustrator. The Certificate program also enables you to work effectively with illustrators if you are an art director or designer.

The program consists of six required courses which can typically be completed in one year and are scheduled in the order in which they should be taken. You may take the courses individually or register for the entire certificate series at a discounted price (see current schedule for pricing). Upon completion of the certificate, you'll be prepared to pursue a career in a variety of areas, including commercial, editorial, or book illustration.

Instructor: Ryan Peltier (RPELI) is an artist and illustrator based in Minneapolis.  He has taught at many local colleges including MCAD and the College of Visual Art. His freelance illustration practice spans many publications and platforms including the New York Times, the Believer and the New Yorker as well as some character design for Laika Animation Company. His work has been featured in Beautiful Decay, American Illustration, 3x3 and Print Magazine and he has received awards from the Society of Illustration Los Angeles. See his work at

Required Courses

  • Drawing for Illustration
  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Two-Dimensional Design Fundamentals
  • Illustration II
  • Narrative Illustration
  • Tradigital Illustration
Find complete course descriptions here and call us at 612-659-6500 if you have questions about the courses or schedule.

Note: The Certificate in Illustration is a noncredit program. You will earn CEUs (continuing education units).

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Our courses can be tailored to your organization's needs and delivered at your site or ours. Contact us today to discuss customized training for your team.

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CECT Instructor Paints with Kids

Yuya Negishi

Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) art instructor Yuya Negishi visited fourth and fifth grade students to show them some of the skills he teaches in his Japanese Sumi-e Ink Painting and Calligraphy class at MCTC. "I see beauty through working with kids. I’m a teacher, but at the same time those students taught me a lot," he said.

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