Our online Fine Arts Certificate programs provide a flexible, customizable course of study designed for adult learners. Complete your 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.
Do you already have some experience in art? You may be able to customize your program. For example, you may be able to take 7004 digital photography II in place of 7002 digital photography I. Check our list of online art courses. Your advisor can help you make the best course selections.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Course substitutions or the addition of concentrations (Advanced Certificate) may involve additional requirements. Check our list of online art courses or our directory of all certificate program courses.