Commercial Art

Do you love being immersed in the fantastic worlds of popular culture and wonder about who imagined and created these worlds? Do you think you might have the imagination to create these worlds too? Find out about OCC Career Advantage Commercial Art programs in Narrative Illustration and Entertainment Art. In these programs you will learn how to develop your artistic skills and creativity for careers in animation, feature films, video games, graphic novels, and illustrated books. The creative industry and economy in the LA/OC region is growing rapidly, and so is the demand for skilled artists. Imagine your passion and skill in drawing and painting becoming your profession. Read on to learn more about the OCC Commercial Art program.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Digital Painting
Story Illustration
Visual Communication

Character Design
Environment Design
Entertainment Art Project

Did you know?

California employs the second-highest number of artists in the United States, with artists in the state earning an annual mean salary of $63,270, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in commercial art.

Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for a career as an illustrator in print, digital and entertainment media where story is the driving force. Take a diverse curriculum that brings together a variety of traditional drawing, painting and illustration courses, together with state-of-the-art media such as Digital Painting and Digital Sculpture. Get ready to explore both the analog and digital sides of your art. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position in the film, video, television, animation and video game industries in the areas of pre-production art and visual development. These are the artists who visualize the worlds we see in popular culture. Learn to design and illustrate the characters, props, vehicles and environments that can be used in animation, live action and video games. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Narrative Illustration Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program will prepare you for a career as an illustrator in print and digital media. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers courses on evenings and weekends. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone. Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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