The 36-credit undergraduate certificate is 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. Students may be full-time or a part-time.

Certificate students work alongside CVPA students and are expected to perform on comparable technical and creative levels. 

The certificate in fine arts encompasses:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • sculpture

Students who complete the 36-credit certificate program:

  • demonstrate mastery of specific technical skills within the discipline
  • are knowledgeable about current trends and historical precedents in their specific media
  • gain awareness of professional paths available in the field

A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded towards the certificate with documented participation in prior educational experiences from recognized institutions or workshops where no formal university credit is available, such as 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


CVPA Dean's Office

CVPA Main Campus, 301
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747


Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design