To be eligible for the diploma program, a student must have completed the Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens. Students are also eligible if they have completed a certificate in botanical art and illustration, scientific illustration, nature illustration or equivalent from another institution.
Requirements for Diploma in Botanical Illustration:
One hundred (100) elective classroom hours, including a minimum of three courses (15-18 hours each) from upper-level offerings.
Portfolio containing four (4) finished botanical plates selected from any of the following media (maximum plate size 11” x 14”). Portfolio must include at least two different media:
- Carbon dust
- Polycarbonate pencil
- Ink (technical pen, quill, brush, scratchboard)
- Colored pencil (oil and or wax based)
- Watercolor pencil
- Transparent acrylics
- Egg tempera
- A mixture of the above
Oils, pastels or digital media are not accepted as part of the portfolio.
Completion of a supervised independent study (a minimum of six weeks or 240 hours). Previous independent explorations have included:
- Research on a rare species, an invasive species, noxious weed, fossil, pollination biology or other that included an essay and a minimum of four illustrations (containing dissections).
- Draft children's book, complete with educational text and original illustrations.
- An internship as an illustrator at a museum, botanic garden, science center or other relevant institution that provides on-the-job experience as a scientific/botanical illustrator.
- Collections research with accompanying original illustrations.