Adult Programs: Drawing Certificate
The Drawing Certificate offers a foundational education in the field of contemporary drawing. Students will explore a variety of drawing approaches and develop their technical and conceptual skills while realizing their own unique personal vision. Students will learn about the history of drawing through art history courses, from works in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago museum, and from exposure to a wide variety of drawing practices emerging today. The Drawing Certificate is designed for adults who are interested in exploring the tools and traditions of drawing while experimenting with new methods and materials. It is also for students interested in developing portfolios for admission to college-level art and design programs and for individuals looking to create drawings for personal enrichment and other professional opportunities.
Requirements include seven studio courses, two art history courses, and three elective courses.
Studio Courses (7)—recommended sequence
- Creative Encounter: Process as Research
- Beginning Drawing
- Beginning Figure Drawing
- Drawing Studio: Multi-level
- The Artist and the Sketchbook
- Drawing and Painting Studio
- Drawing and Painting Critique
Art History Courses (2)
- Art and Music at the AIC
- Art History at the AIC: Ancient to Pre-Modern
- Art History at the AIC: Impressionism & Post Impressionism
- Art History at the AIC: Modernism and Beyond
Elective Courses (3)
- Beginning Illustration
- Digital Photography 1
- Drawing and Painting Intensives (summer)
- Figure Drawing Studio: Multi-level
- From Drawing to Painting
- Hand Drafting and Rendering for Designers
- Introduction to HTML & CSS (web design)
- Pastel Drawing
- Portrait Drawing
Completion of the Drawing Certificate requires participation in a final student exhibition.
Note: Drawing Certificate students will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the program.