Drawing Certificate

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.

Program Goal

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.

Learning Outcomes

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
  • Educator

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

Course List

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.

Course Format

Courses are offered either on campus or online.

Tuition Rates

Tuition ranges from $221.00 - $441.25 per course. See course pages for details.

Course No. Required Course Name Term
(Subject to change)
CEFA 1002D Composition + FormSpring
CEFA 1013D Materials + MediaSpring
CEFA 102Colour TheorySpring
CEDR 100Introductory DrawingSpring
CEDR 101Introductory Pen + InkSpring
CEDR 102Perspective DrawingSpring
CEDR 105Drawing and CollageSpring
CEDR 200Intermediate DrawingSummer
CEDR 205Figure DrawingSpring
CEDR 206Drawing the PortraitSpring
CEDR 211Cognitive + Critical DrawingSpring
CESE 101Art HistorySpring
CESE 102Contemporary Critical TheorySpring
Complete either:
CEPD 200Professional Practices for ArtistsSpring
Or two of the following:
CEPD 202Artist Statement, CV + Portfolio DevelopmentSummer
CEPD 203Artist Website + Social MediaSpring
CEPD 204Artist Grants, Residencies + Exhibition ApplicationsSpring
Electives (Choose one):
CEDR 121Drawing into PaintingFall
CEDR 204Still Life DrawingSpring
CEDR 221Intermediate Pen + InkFall
CESE 108Introductory Creative WritingSummer
Total Program Tuition (estimate) $6,618.75
Approximate Total Supply Fees (estimate) $700.00


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.

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