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Art: Drawing and Painting Certificate Art Total Units: 31.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Art: Drawing and Painting 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 the various problems and potentials of drawing and painting. They will explore themes and in-depth problem-solving, individual expression and experimentation with media, methods and materials. Techniques such as sight-measuring, rendering, gesture drawing, color mixing, glazing, scraping, canvas stretching and surface preparation are covered in this course of study, as are linear perspective and an introduction to the work of many artists throughout art history.

The Fine Arts Certificates of Achievement are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Certificate of Achievement in Painting & Drawing 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.

Individuals pursuing careers in teaching at the elementary school level will enhance their abilities to teach art by completing this certificate.

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 drawings, paintings, and designs.

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: Drawing and Painting Certificate program are:

  • Complete 31.5 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Drawing and Painting 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
Drawing and Painting Emphasis Requirements - complete 13.50 units
ART 12Figure Drawing3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
ART 7BDrawing and Composition 23.00
ART 13Watercolor1.50-3.00
ART 14ABeginning Painting3.00
ART 14BIntermediate Painting3.00
ART 14CAdvanced Painting3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
ART 107Drawing in Color1.50
ART 114Landscape Painting1.50
ART 115Painting: Modes of Abstraction1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2010

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: Spring 2012

Previous Versions:

Art: Drawing and Painting - effective Summer 2006
Art: Drawing and Painting - 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.

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