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Art: Broad-Based Art Training Certificate Art Total Units: 30
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Summer 2012


The Art: Broad-Based Art Training Certificate of Achievement 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, forming, and fabrication of more complex forms; image sequencing, photo manipulation, texture and lighting layering, digital photo collage, poster design and publication design (silk screen). Students will gain an historical perspective of art and design movements and their influence on today's art.

The Fine Arts Certificates of Achievement are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Broad-Based Art Training Certificate of Achievement 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 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate use of art tools, materials and processes;
  2. demonstrate skills in visual analysis by identifying specific formal elements in works of art;
  3. achieve greater awareness of global traditions;
  4. synthesize and apply visual principles in works of art; and
  5. create a portfolio of designs and work of art.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Broad-Based Art Training Emphasis Requirements

Art Certificate Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ART 3Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
World Art History to 15003.00
ART 1.2 ORWorld Art History Since 15003.00
History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
Broad-Based Art Training Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
ART 12Figure Drawing3.00
ART 19Elementary Photography3.00
ART 24Introduction to the Art of Printmaking1.50-3.00
ART 31ABeginning Ceramics3.00
ART 33ABeginning Sculpture3.00

Term Effective: Summer 2012

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: Fall 2013

Previous Versions:

Art: Broad-Based Art Training - effective Fall 2010
Art: Broad-Based Art Training - effective Summer 2006
Art: Broad-Based Art Training - effective Fall 1981

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.

Art 24 is only offered as a 3 unit course.

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