Studio Art Certificate

Studio Art Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Program

About the Studio Art Certificate

Enhance your resume with a certificate in studio art.

Artistic expression isn’t confined to the studio. Add a new dimension to your bachelor’s degree program or strengthen your professional resume with a certificate in studio art from California University of Pennsylvania.

Cal U’s hands-on, 12-credit certificate allows undergraduates in any major to build competence in studio art media, techniques, processes and goals. You’ll choose from a wide selection of courses that fuel your passion for art while training your hands and your mind.

You’ll learn to think like an artist, gaining confidence as you build the systems thinking skills required in design and the critical thinking skills needed to create compelling works of contemporary art. Grounded in the humanities, this program’s coursework also helps you develop the social and interpretive skills that have value in any profession.

Adding this certificate makes your degree stand out to employers and graduate schools, whether you major in psychology, biology, computer science, liberal studies, digital multimedia technology, education or another field of study. The program also is open to artists who are seeking a certificate only.

Choose your own path.

Cal U’s studio art certificate program offers a variety of options, whether you are augmenting your major or looking for a stand-alone credential.

Select any four approved art courses (3 credits each) to earn a certificate in general studio art; choose to concentrate on 2-D, 3-D or digital art; or focus your studies on a single one of these studio areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Digital art
  • Drawing
  • Jewelry/metals
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

While earning your studio art certificate, you’ll build a portfolio of art practice you can use professionally, or to apply for exhibitions or graduate programs.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: STUDIO ART CERTIFICATE 

Make connections: In this program, you’ll learn how art intersects with the wider world. You will explore the role of art in society and analyze its content and meaning within relevant social, political, economic, religious and cultural contexts. You’ll critique the work of other artists and examine how the medium, style and subject matter of your own artwork reflects your personal experience and the world around you.  

Top Faculty: Faculty who teach Cal U’s studio art courses are practicing artists whose real-world experience informs their instruction. They foster creativity while empowering students to realize their personal potential.

Program Accreditation: Certificate courses are drawn from Cal U’s bachelor's degree program in art, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  

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12 
Credits required to earn the certificate in studio art.
100% 
of Cal U faculty in the art department are practicing artists.
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Certificate Benefits

Adding this  certificate to your bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, biology, multimedia technology or another field demonstrates your interest and ability. Use the art certificate program to give your existing resume a boost, or to stand out as a job candidate who can offer a unique combination of thinking abilities and hands-on skills.

 
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Program Outcomes

 Students who complete the studio art certificate program learn to:

  • Create works of art or design in one or more media.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of design principles in the creation of art.
  • Experiment with studio art materials and techniques.
  • Explore the aesthetic and expressive potential of art media.
Studio Art: On-Campus Certificate
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Creative Spaces

Students in the studio art certificate program work alongside other emerging artists in facilities such as Cal U’s two-story painting studio, state-of-the-art computer labs, and fully equipped studios dedicated to ceramics, jewelry/metals, drawing and printmaking.

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Why Add a Studio Art Certificate?

The reasons are as different as the students in this program! Future teachers may wish to expand their presentation skills. Biologists might want to improve their field sketches. Computer scientists may be intrigued by digital design. Professionals in any field may wish to bring superior problem-solving and organizational skills to their job. Course options in this program let you explore the area that interests you most.

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Art Degree Options

How do you start an art career? In addition to the studio art certificate, Cal U offers a bachelor’s degree in art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Both programs are designed to provide the knowledge, hands-on skills and professional preparation required for a career in the art world.

Studio Art Certificate Courses

Certificate Requirements - Student select four courses (3 credits each) from an extensive list of options to earn a general studio art certificate; to concentrate your cerificate on 2-D, 3-D or digital art; or to earn a certificate in one of seven studio areas.

Curriculum


Course Credits
Choose One of the Following Concentrations:  
   
General Studio Art Concentration 12
Complete any four ART studio* courses  
   
Single Studio Area Concentration 12
Complete four courses in any single ART studio area*, including ART 329 and 490  
   
2-D Concentration Area  12
Complete four courses from the following:
 
ART 130 Biological Illustration: Form and Function
 
ART 227 Graphic Design Studio I  
ART 233 Natural Science Drawing  
ART 262 Color Theory  
ART 266 Selected Topics  
ART 295 Surface Design  
ART 310 Advanced Drawing  
ART 312 Introduction to New and Emerging Art Media  
ART 315 Digital Painting I  
ART 329 Art Internship  
ART 350 Printmaking: Relief  
ART 351 Printmaking: Intaglio  
ART 352 Printmaking Processes  
ART 383 Painting Studio  
ART 438 Figure Drawing  
ART 458 Figure Drawing and Modeling  
ART 490 Senior Studio Thesis  
ART 496 Advanced Painting  
   
3-D Concentration Area 12
Complete four courses from the following:  
ART 118 History of Making  
ART 266 Selected Topics  
ART 329 Art Internship  
ART 376 Jewelry/Metals: Casting  
ART 377 Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication  
ART 382 Ceramics Studio  
ART 385 Sculpture Studio  
ART 448 Figure Modeling  
ART 458 Figure Drawing and Modeling  
ART 490 Senior Studio Thesis  
ART 493 Advanced Ceramics  
ART 498 Advanced Sculpture  
   
Digital Art Area Concentration 12
Complete four courses from the following:   
ART 127 Introduction to Graphic Design  
ART 215 Digital Painting I  
ART 227 Graphic Design Studio I  
ART 261 Typography  
ART 262 Color Theory  
ART 266 Selected Topics  
ART 329 Art Internship  
ART 427 Graphic Design Studio III  
ART 428 Graphic Design Studio IV  
ART 490 Senior Studio Thesis  
CDC 252 The Art of Film  
GCM 101   
GCM 180 Multimedia Foundations  
GCM 225 Digital Layout   
GCM 240 Electronic Desktop Publishing  
GCM 300 Digital Photography  
GCM 320 Digital Video  
GCM 331 Web Publishing  
GCM 340 Animation and 3-D Imaging  
GCM 365 Color Imaging  
GCM 410 Digital Portfolio  
GCM 495 Graphic Communications Internship  
GET 130 Introduction to Engineering Technology  
   
Total 12

Studio areas include: Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Jewelry/Metals, Painting and Printmaking.

Related Art Programs

Majors
Minors
  • Studio Art Minor in Drawing
  • Studio Art Minor in Ceramics
  • Studio Art Minor in Jewelry/Metals
  • Studio Art Minor in Painting
  • Studio Art Minor in Printmaking
  • Studio Art Minor in Sculpture
  • General Art Major

Art Faculty

Maggy D. Aston
Associate Professor

aston@calu.edu

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James B. Bove
Assistant Professor

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Laura DeFazio
Professor

defazio@calu.edu

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Dr. R. Scott Lloyd
Associate Professor

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Richard "Duke" Miecznikowski
Professor

Miecznikowski@calu.edu

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Suzan Mohney
Instructor

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Todd Pinkham
Associate Professor

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