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.