Post Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Certificates
The 30-credit program provides students who already have earned a Bachelors degree a one- to two-year intensive program of study designed to assure advanced studio competency in the traditional fine arts disciplines, to help them prepare the strongest possible portfolios and develop a clear personal direction so they are competitive as self-directed independent fine artists and potential graduate students.
The curriculum of this program is intentionally flexible so it may be designed to meet the individual needs of each student. It combines some formal aspects of an advanced undergraduate program in terms of techniques and skills, often customized with additional pre-and co-requisites based on individual student strengths. Each student progresses to engage in an independent studio/critique experience that fosters individual development and research. Liberal Arts seminars in historical and contemporary studies, designed to broaden personal vision and concept development, are available both semesters and selected with the guidance of the advisor.
The 90-credit Certificate in Painting or Sculpture is a program for students who do not wish to pursue a B.F.A. degree. The three-year Certificate program includes the same balanced curriculum with fewer studio and liberal arts requirements.
The primary educational goals for the painting certificate is knowledge of and proficiency in painting practice based on the observation of nature including the human figure and supported by craftsmanship, individual initiative, creativity, and the ability to interpret ideas through artistic expression.
The program requires students to understand historical and contemporary examples of painting and to integrate that knowledge into studio practice. Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of value, color, composition and expression through the study of anatomy, life drawing, perspective and design and the role these elements play in conveying meaning and vivacity. Students will be competent in the use of media such as oil, watercolor, egg tempera, and pastel and will demonstrate through robust and substantial works proficiency in a range of painting modes including the figure, landscape, portrait and still life.
The primary educational goals for the sculpture certificate are knowledge of and proficiency in sculptural practice based on the observation of nature including the human figure and supported by craftsmanship, individual initiative, creativity, and the ability to interpret ideas through artistic expression.The program requires students to understand historical and contemporary examples of sculpture and to integrate that knowledge into studio practice. Informed by proficiency in life drawing, knowledge of anatomical structure, and an understanding of three-dimensional composition, students will demonstrate their ability to articulate forms, in the round and in relief, and to produce robust and convincing sculptures in such modes as the figure and the portrait. Students will be competent in the use of sculptural materials and methods of casting.