Studio-Centered Creative Training
The Certificate program is a complete immersion in fine arts. The Certificate is the Academy’s oldest and best-known program of fine arts education; it is comprehensive creative training centered in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. It is a demanding and intense process of self-discovery for those with the goal of becoming a practicing studio artist. Inspired by a rich heritage of serious artistic achievement, the Certificate is grounded in foundational skills and working with master artist-instructors to develop your own style and direction as an artist.
Fluency in a Visual Language
The Certificate program gives depth and dimension to the act of making art and nurturing personal expression. Each artist cultivates a fluency in a visual language by becoming part of PAFA’s vibrant community of working artists and our renowned history of artistic accomplishment. For each artist, tradition emerges as a fresh set of challenges. In this program, students learn to embrace the artistic struggle, which they come to see as offering glimmers of success in disguise.
This four-year, studio-centered program offers intensive training in the principle disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. With a significant emphasis on drawing as the basic language of any artistic development, you will develop the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become an exhibiting artist whose work has a meaningful and distinct point of view. Working with master artists-instructors in your own personal workspace, you find your unique voice and direction as an artist.