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  • Fine Arts

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    Open Campus
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 212.229.5620

  • Develop a fine arts practice that develops your self-expression. Beginning artists and illustrators are introduced to the essential tools and concepts of historical and contemporary art, while more experienced students refine their vision in advanced courses and electives.

    • Format Online and on campus
    • Price $6,512 total
    • Total Courses 8
    • Course Length 9 weeks
  • Courses 

    Color Theory

    Discover color and its implications for designers and artists, such as the use of color to solve spatial problems. This course also examines color qualities, color harmony, and the way colors interact.

    Drawing I

    This immersive experience in drawing instruction explores form through the use of light and shadow, texture, line, and color. Students practice perspective, foreshortening, gesture, portraiture, and representation of drapery through still-life and live-model drawing.

    Painting I

    Intended for students who have limited experience with oil painting, this course includes painting from the figure as well as still lifes. Instruction includes references to historical and contemporary art, so that students can understand their work in wider cultural context. 

    Life Drawing

    Drawing is the most accessible form of visual expression. It enables experimentation, crystallizes ideas, and communicates viewpoints. This class focuses on gesture, contour, values, and composition, enabling you to convey your unique perceptions to others.  

    Painting II

    Students practice direct observation and sketching to execute fully developed oil and watercolor paintings. We encourage departing from established creative techniques, so that students transform this ancient medium into a conduit for personal, visionary expression.  Three electives Electives for this certificate include Drawing II, Drawing Interiors, Mixed Media, Collage, and others.

  • “Our Fine Arts certificate offers more than just technical skills; it allows students to capture space and time through their own expression.”

    — Laura Nitz, Director of Adult Programs in Art, Design, and Fashion, Open Campus

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Anyone interested in developing fine arts talent with formal training
    • Students and creative professionals who want to use drawing and painting to communicate ideas more effectively 
    • Art collectors and historians seeking greater understanding of imagery, materials, and technique

    What You’ll Gain

    • Mastery of the basic techniques that underpin all art and design careers
    • Knowledge of methods of professional communication and personal expression
    • Greater understanding of the criteria of aesthetic success
    • New points of entry for learning about art and cultural history

    How You’ll Learn

    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
    • In-person collaboration in small classes
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
    • Flexibility to review course content and complete assignments at any time

  • Why Open Campus?

    Welcome to a community of groundbreaking thinkers. At Open Campus, you have the freedom to reimagine your career path in the cross-disciplinary environment that you can find only at Parsons School of Design — the top-ranked accredited art and design school in the United States.* Our dynamic network of faculty scholars and working professionals are united by the same vision and values, and a drive to innovate. Discover new possibilities in professional education at Open Campus, making connections across industries and advancing your knowledge in unexpected ways. 

    *Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2020).

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