Painting Certificate

Woman sketching figure

In the Painting 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 under the subject headings Painting or Painting and Drawing
  • Art History Course (1): One 30-hour course under the subject heading Art History
  • 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

*It is strongly encouraged that students with little or no drawing experience take Introduction to Drawing, which can be used to fulfill the Painting Certificate elective requirement.

Note: Required courses are not offered all semesters (fall, spring, summer). Please contact Continuing Studies for suggestions on organizing your course sequence.

Completion of the Painting Certificate requires a portfolio review, fulfilled by participation in Portfolio Review Days offered in the fall and spring. Students will also need to complete the certificate program completion form and submit high-quality digital images of their work.

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