Fine Art Studio Certificate

Beginning Painting

The Certificate in Fine Art is a 16-unit program which provides a comprehensive foundation for a life-long visual art practice. Certificate candidates build a strong foundation in drawing and in two-dimensional representation and have the choice of discipline concentration in painting, illustration or printmaking.

Courses in the Studio Certificate in Fine Arts are scheduled with the working professional in mind, all classes are held during evenings and weekends and most last 8 weeks. Classroom time is shorter than in a traditional BFA program and students are expected to spend considerable time outside of the class preparing for each week. This program focuses on professional practice opportunities, portfolio development and engaging with Portland’s creative community.

Required Courses (12 total Units)

  • 6 units of drawing
  • 6 units of painting, illustration or printmaking with a minimum of 4 units in area of concentration

Elective Courses (4 total Units)

4 units of studio courses which may include design and desktop publishing courses for the development of digital art-making skills and for portfolio preparation.

Other Program Requirements

  • Program Application (prior to program entry, credits are not awarded retroactively)
  • Portfolio Presentation I (after minimum of 4, but before 10, completed certificate units)
  • Portfolio Presentation II (after 12 completed certificate units)

A unit of credit is defined as 45 hours of contact time for the student; contact time is comprised of in-class time, online class time as well as collaborative and independent projects in fulfillment of course requirements.

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