Our online Fine Arts Certificate programs provide a flexible, customizable course of study designed for adult learners. Complete your vocational program on a part-time schedule, in an online art school environment. Build professional skills with a Certificate in Fine Arts and add concentrations in an Advanced Certificate program.
Classes start at the beginning of each month. Apply academic or experience credits to customize your program. Advanced Certificate students choose from concentrations in Digital Photography, Illustration, and Digital Video.
As an online Fine Arts Certificate student, you'll develop your skills and experience in traditional media and digital photography. Enrich your vocabulary in the visual arts, exploring the purpose and methodology of art-making. Drawing and painting classes instill a rigorous, traditional approach to representing still life and human subjects with attention to critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, color, and composition.
Online art courses provide an array of options for self-expression in different art media including drawing, painting, and digital photography.
Already have some art and design experience? You can customize the program around your learning goals, provided you meet core requirements. Check our list of online art courses and complete course list, and talk to an advisor.
"Sessions provided an inspiring and structured environment to learn the language of painting and drawing. What a rewarding and enjoyable experience!"
- Shymiin Chor, Fine Arts Course.
The goal of the online Fine Arts Certificate program is to build a foundation of fine arts skills in traditional media. You will begin to develop a portfolio of individual creative work. Here are the standards you are expected to meet as an online art school student:
#1 Visual Arts
You will be able to discuss and creatively explore the fundamental visual elements of art and the composition and visual communication techniques used by artists.
#2 Basic Drawing
You will be able to create basic line drawings using pencil and paper following the principles of perspective and proportion. You will be able to identify and draw positive and negative space in a drawing subject.
#3 History of Art
You can identify and discuss the different ways that artists have approached the themes of nature, the human body, realism, religion, and power and protest throughout the ages.
#4 Intermediate Drawing
You will develop drawing skills that show the ability to analyze a subject, represent realistic form and perspective, manipulate value and color, and reflect contemporary stylistic approaches. Your work will be informed by subject, lighting, color, and media choices.
#5 Digital Photography
You will develop a basic ability to handle different kinds of photo shoots including portraits, product shots, indoor and outdoor settings, and fast-action photos. Your photography will show the ability to manipulate framing, perspective, distance, and lighting to get professional results.
#6 Figure Drawing
You will be able to represent through figure drawing the characteristic shapes and proportions of the human face and body in frontal, profile, and three-quarter views. Your work will show a basic ability to represent three-dimensional form, composition, and expression.
You will demonstrate a basic grasp of traditional painting techniques that enables you to capture proportion, perspective, and lighting in the world around you. Your still life paintings will exhibit different painting techniques and conceptual approaches.
Classes in our vocational programs start at the beginning of each month. The Professional Certificate is open admissions: To apply for the program, simply complete our application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.
"The Fine Arts course produces some incredible drawing and painting work. It's inspiring to see what you can learn in an online art program." – Brenda Meda, Senior Admissions Advisor
Whenever you're ready, talk to our admissions staff to explore program options and learn about our fast, convenient application process. Here are some next steps:
To take this online art school program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.
Review the Fine Arts Certificate online requirements below, and be sure to visit our Student Store for discounts on hardware and graphic design software. You must be an enrolled student to be eligible for educational discounts.
A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets manufacturers' requirements for required software in the program.
Basic drawing supplies including pencils, charcoal, newsprint, and sketch paper.
A digital camera, adjustable ISO and adjustable white balance features recommended