Certificate Programs

Our Fine Art Certificate Programs Help You Discover Your Focus in Fine Art

The League’s intensive Fine Art Certificate Programs are designed to cultivate growth of the individual’s talent within the League’s renowned atelier system. The Certificate Program consists of a prescribed course of study leading to a Certificate of Completion. The prescribed course of study is a dedicated two- or four-year plan of intensive study, tailored to meet professional and personal artistic interests. This semester-based program allows for two admission periods: September and January.

For a complete overview of the 2016-2017 League Certificate Programs click here (PDF)

Two- or Four-Year Certificate Program

In the Two- or Four-Year Certificate Program, students concentrate in one of the following fine arts disciplines: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Mixed Media.* Students in the program fulfill core requirements that consist of a primary class in their discipline, plus a secondary supplemental class in any discipline. Students select their classes from the League’s schedule of classes. In either program, students enroll in a minimum of 22 hours of class time per week. Students accepted into the two-year program must have at least two years of previous fine art study (see eligibility and requirements).

 

Students in the Certificate Program benefit from:

• Ongoing educational and professional development support from the League Student Affairs department.
• Dedicated Friday night open studio space and monthly critique from visiting critics, writers, and gallerists.
• An official certificate authenticating successful completion of a formalized art curriculum.
• A gallery exhibition with all students completing the Certificate Program that year.

For more information, please email studentaffairs@artstudentsleague.org.

*The Art Students League of New York is approved by New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to accept students who wish to use their Veterans Education Benefits. The League is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students. The Certificate of Completion is not a degree or a diploma. International Students and Veterans who use their VA Educational Benefits are only permitted to concentrate in the Four- Year Painting, Printmaking or Sculpture Certificate Program. Mixed Media and the Two-Year Certificate Program are not approved by the VA or SEVP.

 

Eligibility & Requirements

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A certificate program student with instructor Barney Hodes in our clay sculpture studio.

In order to be eligible for the Prescribed Course of Study Certificate Program you must fulfill these requirements:

Statement of Intent and C.V.
A Statement of Intent describes your reason for pursuing a “Prescribed Course of Study” with the Art Students League. You are encouraged to include information about yourself, your objectives, and your interests that may not be immediately apparent from a review of your portfolio and application.

Artwork Submission
Online artwork submission of 6–10 jpg images should be included in the application.  It is advised that applicants choose work appropriate to their chosen program.

Transcripts
An official transcript is required to show your previous studies in the fine arts.  A degree or diploma is not necessary. Official Transcripts from the Art Students League are accepted.

♦ Applicants to the two-year Certificate Program must demonstrate a minimum of 2 academic school year’s study from a post-secondary Fine Arts Program.

♦ Applicants to the four-year Certificate Program must demonstrate previous fine arts study from studio classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking or mixed media.

Applicants who have academic documents from institutions outside of the U.S. must provide original, attested, or certified true copies of academic records pertaining to studies in Fine Arts. These records should be in the original language issued. Applicants must also submit an official translation of any academic documents that are not in English. Translation is defined as a complete, literal, word for word translation in the same format of the original document.

Two References
The contact information of two professional or academic references is required. These references should be professional individuals familiar with your interest and abilities in art, your working habits and your capacity for advanced study.

Tuition
Tuition is a calculation of your primary and secondary core requirements and varies based on your class selection. Tuition does not include non-refundable school fees. Both tuition and school fees are subject to increase. Student are responsible to register and pay tuition at the start of each semester.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required.

International Student Language Proficiency
If you are an international student, a good working knowledge of English is required. English proficiency can be ascertained if you come from a country where the primary spoken language is English, and/or can provide documentation that you have recently attended a U.S. post-secondary institution or English language school and TOEFL scores, and/or a personal interview with the Student Affairs Coordinator scheduled in person or by telephone.

For a complete overview of the 2016-2017 League Certificate Programs click here (PDF)

 

Applying to the Certificate Program

Spring 2017
Online Application Opens: August 1, 2016
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fall 2017
Online Application Opens: February 1, 2017
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

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