Drawing Certificate

Artist working with charcoal on still life drawing

In the Drawing Certificate, students develop the skills and conceptual foundation necessary to cultivate their art practice, drawing inspiration and context from SAIC’s many resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago, an encyclopedic museum that encompasses more than 5,000 years of creative expression from cultures around the world. 

Coursework requirements

  • Studio Courses (4): Four 30-hour courses from those listed under the subject headings Drawing or Painting and Drawing
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  • Art History Course (1): One 20- to 30-hour course under the subject heading Art History
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  • Elective (1): All 30-hour Adult Continuing Education courses are eligible electives for all certificates, including 1-week and 2-weekend intensives

Total required courses: 6

Keep track of your certificate requirements as you move through your individualized program using our Drawing Certificate Curriculum Guide.

Note: Required courses may not be offered every term. Scheduled courses may not  be offered in the student's preferred instructional mode (online or in-person). 

Completion of the Drawing Certificate requires a portfolio review, fulfilled by participation in Portfolio Review Days offered in the fall and spring. Final portfolio reviews are taken during or after the student's final coursework term. Students will also need to complete the certificate program completion form, submit high-quality digital images of their work, and take part in a brief exit interview to receive their digital certificate.

Start your noncredit certificate today - visit continuingstudies.saic.edu. Select Certificate Programs under the heading Adult Continuing Education in the left column and pay the nonrefundable $100 fee.