Art: Broad-Based Art Training Certificate Art Total Units: 30.0

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Summer 2006


The Art: Broad-Based Art Training Career Certificate involves the study and manipulation of the elements and dynamics of art such as line, shape, form, value, color, texture, space and composition. Students will study a wide range of two and three-dimensional art forms in both fine and applied areas of art. Rather than specializing in one area, students are expected to sample different areas of the curriculum, setting the stage for further concentration in an area of focus. They will explore themes and in-depth problem-solving, individual expression and experimentation with media, methods and materials.

Depending on which elective courses are chosen, students will learn techniques such as sight-measuring, rendering, gesture drawing, color mixing, canvas stretching; hand-building, throwing on a pottery wheel and glazing; sawing, filing, finishing, soldering, surface embellishment, forming, raising, forging, casting, stone setting, and fabrication of more complex forms involving hinges, articulating parts and clasps; film developing and image sequencing; photo manipulation, texture and lighting layering, digital photo collage, animation and web page publishing; practical and innovative use of images, type, and hand-formed letters in a wide range of applications including the development of symbols, logos, posters, CD covers, page layouts, and publication design. Students will gain an historical perspective of art and design movements and their influence on today's art.

The Fine Arts Career Certificates are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Broad-Based Art Training Career Certificate can set up their own studios and sell their work in art galleries or may work as freelance illustrators. The certificate program gives a basis for possible internships and paid apprenticeships as a studio assistant, or for work in a museum, gallery or design firm setting. It also prepares students for entry-level positions working as an art supply salesperson, framing technician or art gallery assistant. Those pursuing careers in teaching at the elementary or secondary school level will enhance their abilities to teach art by completing this certificate.

Students earning certificates could be prepared for employment in a variety of entry-level positions, as mentioned above. Generally speaking, the average rates of pay are relatively low at the entry level, although rates of pay and availability of such jobs vary. Individuals wishing to pursue freelance careers need to be able to combine the regular practice of creative skills with self-promotion and good business practices. A bachelor's or master's degree in art or art history is required for most career positions in museums and galleries.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For students interested in an Associate degree, an Art major is available. More information about Art programs can be found at the Art Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Art: Broad-Based Art Training program are:

  • Complete 30.0 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Art: Broad-Based Art Training Requirements

Art Certificate Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ART 3Introduction to Art & Design1.50-3.00
ART 4Principles of Color1.50-3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design1.50-3.00
ART 7ADrawing & Composition I1.50-3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
Art Appreciation & History3.00
ART 2BArt Appreciation & History3.00
Art: Broad-Based Art Training Requirements - complete 12.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
ART 12Figure Drawing1.50-3.00
ART 24Introduction to the Art of Prints1.50-3.00
ART 31ABeginning Pottery3.00
ART 36Elementary Photography3.00
ART 50AIntroduction to Layout and Letterforms3.00
ART 32ABeginning Jewelry3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the certificate.

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