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About This Certificate

Develop a fine art foundation that opens doors to self-expression and helps you refine your vision as a visual artist. Beginning artists and illustrators are introduced to the essential tools and concepts underpinning the making of historical and contemporary art; more experienced students can enhance their practice in advanced courses like Painting II or Project Studio. Students can complete certificate electives in fine arts or courses in other areas of study within Parsons at Open Campus.

Timeline to Completion: Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. The certificate must be completed in two years.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit

Number of Courses: 8 required courses, including 3 electives

Format: On-campus, some courses offered online

Course Sequence: To earn this certificate, students must complete all required courses.

$814 per course (required courses); total varies


The certificate requires completion of eight required courses (consult with an advisor on elective options)

What You’Ll Learn
  1. How to use essential tools and skills and develop concepts in the visual arts
  2. How to use composition, spatial relationships, color theory, and paint application while developing a personal form of expression
  3. Art history
  4. How to benefit from criticism and be objective about your work and that of others, while developing the ability to articulate visual principles and concepts
Who Should Enroll
  • Beginners who have always wanted to learn how to draw and paint.
  • Students who would like to expand their concept development abilities and knowledge of techniques to further develop their work.

  • Individuals with art and design skills who want to work in a studio at least one night a week.

Jobs for artists:

  • Fine Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Curator
  • Art Therapist
  • Stylist
  • Art Director
  • Studio Manager
  • Artists’ Agent
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Restorer
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Many More

How to Enroll

More than a course.
A new kind of network.
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