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Certificate Programs in Fine Arts

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These certificates are intended for students without a bachelor's degree. Certificate students enroll in a condensed series of undergraduate studio and academic courses to develop appropriate technical skills and further develop their individual aesthetic for sustained professional work. Certificate students work alongside CVPA students and are expected to perform on comparable technical and creative levels.  Students may be full-time or a part-time.

Certificate in Fine Arts (more info and application procedures)
Representing four disciplines:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

It is expected that students who complete the 36-Credit Certificate Program will have gained mastery of specific technical skills within the discipline, and increased awareness of current trends and historical precedents of their specific media, and revealed professional paths available.

A maximum of 15 credits can be awarded towards the certificate with documented participation in prior educational experiences from recognized institutions or workshops where no formal university credit was available, i.e., Haystack, Arrowmont, Penland, Vermont Studio School, Skowhegan, or international centers of learning.

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information.



The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program (PBC) in Fine Arts is designed for artists who have earned the BFA or BA degree, yet would benefit from a concentrated immersion in a highly-supportive yet critical academic/studio environment. Applicants to the PBC may wish to develop their artwork for application to graduate school/professional residency or to launch a professional career.

The program requires a total of 9 credit hours in a declared studio area, determined in consultation with faculty advisor. This course of study must be completed in one academic year and is not a low-residency program. It requires commitment to work on-campus in the studio space that is provided.

Graduate-level participation is expected in the following areas:

  • on-going and scheduled critiques
  • attendance at visiting artist presentations and exhibitions
  • technical studio upkeep and maintenance 
  • delivery of a formal “sources” presentation midway through the year.

The program has four distinctive concentration choices in the following areas:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture

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