Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Digital Photography

Continuing Education – Arts

Fine Arts Advanced Certificate

Take your innate creativity a step farther. In the Fine Arts Advanced Certificate program, you'll build a foundation in traditional drawing and painting, and add area(s) of professional concentration.

As an Advanced Certificate student, you'll choose from a wide range of program options to meet your creative or career goals. For Fine Arts students, we recommend Digital Photography or Digital Video. But the choice is all yours—customize your program for a deeper portfolio.

There's no end to your creativity. (Student work by Lynne Adams.)

Build a Deeper Portfolio in 12 Months


Gain A Foundation in Design Skills


Add Areas of Concentration


Complete Your Program in 12 Months

Program Outline

Professional Certificate - 9 months

Level 1

  • 4803 Intro to Visual Arts
  • 4018 Intro to Drawing
  • 4800 History of Art
  • 4501 Drawing I

Level 2

  • 7002 Digital Photography I
  • 4502 Figure Drawing
  • 4700 Painting I

See certificate program outcomes.

Choose a Concentration - 3 Months

Digital Photography Concentration

  • 7002 Digital Photography I OR
  • 7004 Digital Photography II
  • 4242 Color Correction
  • 7015 Digital Photography w/Lightroom


    Digital Video Concentration

  • 8040 Digital Video Production
  • 6225 Digital Video Editing I
  • 6010 After Effects I


Customize your program by choosing one of 12 Available Concentrations.

Student Feedback

"I loved everything about Sessions online courses. The instructors were all fantastic! They answered any question that I may have had during the course. I learned so much during the time that I was a student." - Virginia Lamp, Undergraduate Certificate in Illustration Design

Learn to design from a faculty of professional artists and designers.

Career Information

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as fine artists. Potential employers for Fine Arts certificate program graduates include entertainment, publishers, restaurants, schools and colleges, and government. Self-employed fine artists may be able to sell their work to art galleries and museums, private clients/commissions, specialized art or design studios, stock art firms, and publishers. Job titles include Artist/Painter, Studio Artist, Fine Artist, and more.

Visit our Career Center for more information, or browse the Federal Occupational Handbook or O*NET database.

Getting Started

Enrolling online is easy and convenient.


Complete our free application form online.


Ask us about payment options and customizing your program.


Confirm your payment and register online.

Program At a Glance

Open Admissions. The Advanced Certificate is open admissions, with classes starting each month. To apply for the program, simply complete our free, no-obligation application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

Twelve Month Program. Classes start at the beginning of each month. The program includes one Professional Certificate (9 months) and one Concentration (3 months). The program can be completed in 12 months studying on a part time schedule. Additional 3-month concentrations may be added. Students must complete the Professional Certificate in order to enter concentrations. If you need more time to complete, there is a painless extension policy for an additional 6 months of access for students who qualify based on academic progress.

To take this program, you’ll need the following software and supplies. Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

Core Program

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC.
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.


  • Additional requirements will vary depending on your choice of concentration(s).

Effective May 1, 2020, tuition and fees for Advanced Certificate programs are as follows:

Advanced Certificate
Registration Fee$200
Total Cost$4,225

Paid in Full Discount: Total program cost is $3,999 for students who pay in full.

Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable five days after beginning of Orientation class or submission of first assignment). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

Payment Plan

Affording your education just got easier with our Payment Plan.

  • Pay for your Advanced Certificate with 13 monthly payments of $325.
  • Your first payment (which includes a $200 Registration Fee) is due at enrollment.

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