Drawing is a fundamental skill useful to all visual art and professional practices, for creative and conceptual expression. In this dynamic program, traditional techniques meet contemporary applications. Students will gain core drawing skills, become comfortable with diverse tools and materials, and apply techniques in interesting projects.
The Drawing Certificate Program provides students with a foundation in drawing techniques, processes and concepts that can be applied to their drawing practice as well as further education.
Students will work with a range of drawing tools and materials, such as graphite, charcoal and inks. Diverse skills and techniques in various drawing mediums will be developed and traditional and experimental drawing processes explored. Through studio- and lecture-based courses, students will explore art history and critical theories of visual art and how these concepts intersect with core drawing skills. Students will have the opportunity to navigate drawing as a professional practice. Through completion of structured and independent projects as well as in-class critique, students produce a diverse portfolio of drawings.
Students who complete the Drawing Certificate Program should have the skills and knowledge required to:
- Demonstrate diverse drawing application techniques
- Use drawing tools, materials, and equipment
- Develop, plan, and express concepts through drawing composition
- Evaluate drawings in terms of conceptual, compositional, and technical strength
- Present and justify one’s drawings for critique
- Communicate ideas and opinions about drawing(s)
- Produce a comprehensive and curated portfolio of drawings
- Develop a business/professional practice plan that is aligned with goals
Assignments + Assessment
An assessment of the learning outcomes for each student is prepared by the instructor.
Students must achieve a Pass (P) in every required and elective course to be eligible for a Drawing Certificate.
To receive a passing grade in each of their courses, students must: -complete assignments, exercises, and activities to the instructor’s stated requirements; - satisfy course learning outcomes. Students can expect to spend a maximum of one hour of homework for every hour spent in class. All assignments must be completed to the evaluative standard set by the instructor to satisfy the learning outcomes of the course and program.
Career + Education
Drawing Certificate recipients can apply their education to a variety of careers and enterprises. Depending on the level of work they achieve and previous education and experience, they can pursue a range of entry-level opportunities including:
- Concept Artist
- Portrait Artist
- Studio or Commercial Artist
- Storyboard Artist
Students can use artwork from their certificate program in an admissions portfolio to apply for a Degree in Fine Arts, Design or Media Arts here at ECU.
Courses + Costs
We strongly encourage students to complete courses in the recommended order given below to best support their student experience and success in meeting their learning outcomes. However, students can register in any course for which they meet the prerequisites. In the event of a conflict between the recommended course order and the prerequisites of our courses, please follow the prerequisites.
Courses are offered on campus or online.
Required Course Name
(Subject to change)
|CEFA 100||2D Composition + Form||$432.50||Spring|
|CEFA 101||3D Materials + Media||$432.50||Spring|
|CEFA 102||Colour Theory||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 100||Introductory Drawing||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 101||Introductory Pen + Ink||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 105||Drawing and Collage||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 200||Intermediate Drawing||$432.50||Summer|
|CEDR 205||Figure Drawing||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 206||Drawing the Portrait||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 211||Cognitive + Critical Drawing||$432.50||Spring|
|CESE 101||Art History||$432.50||Spring|
|CESE 102||Contemporary Critical Theory||$432.50||Spring|
|CEPD 200||Professional Practices for Artists||$432.50||Spring|
|Or two of the following:|
|CEPD 202||Artist Statement, CV + Portfolio Development||$216.50||Summer|
|CEPD 203||Artist Website + Social Media||$216.50||Spring|
|CEPD 204||Artist Grants, Residencies + Exhibition Applications||$216.50||Spring|
|Electives (Choose one):|
|CEDR 121||Drawing into Painting||$432.50||Fall|
|CEDR 204||Still Life Drawing||$432.50||Spring|
|CEDR 221||Intermediate Pen + Ink||$432.50||Fall|
|CESE 108||Introductory Creative Writing||$432.50||Summer|
|Total Program Tuition||$6,487.50|
|Approximate Total Supply Fees||$700|
To register in the required courses, students must be over the age of 18 at the start of their course, have proficiency in spoken and written English and should have completed Grade 12 or equivalent education. No previous experience in drawing or the fine arts is required to begin the Drawing Certificate.
No application is required - register online for courses now!