Studio Art – Certificate

The Studio Art Certificate provides students with the foundational skills to expand their portfolio and helps equip them for application to fine arts degree programs or a career in the arts. The curriculum encourages individual creativity and expression while emphasizing the development of basic studio skills.

Typical job opportunities are: advertising artist, art consultant, artist, auto detailer/pin-stripper, billboard artist, calligrapher, cartoonist, CD/record cover designer, courtroom sketcher, decorator, display designer, fashion artist/designer, graphic designer, illustrator, magazine/catalog illustration, mural artist, publication design and tattoo artist.

This program also consists of the foundational courses needed for an associate degree.

Gainful Employment

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 31
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (10 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 231)

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 131 Intermediate Algebra 4 MAT 039*

(FORMERLY MTH 131) This course emphasizes simplifying expressions, solving equations, and graphing functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic. Problem solving and mathematical modeling are integrated throughout. Appropriate technology includes a graphing calculator. The mathematics department recommends the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old the recommendation is the course placement assessment be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 101 Two-Dimensional Design 3

Students will learn the principles and elements of 2-D design and practice their application in a variety of hands-on studio projects. Critical thinking skills such as problem solving, understanding the creative process (from idea to finished product), and addressing visual and conceptual themes are essential parts of the course. These skills are reflected in studio projects.

ART 103 Drawing I: Foundations 3

This course introduces basic drawing principles and techniques in a studio setting. Students explore contour and tonal drawing using various subjects and media in both observational and conceptual drawings. Projects will incorporate a variety of ability levels, as well as traditional and non-traditional media (including digital images). Students will draw from a nude model. Critical thinking skills such as problem solving, understanding the creative process (from idea to finished product), and addressing visual and conceptual themes are essential parts of the course, reflected in the studio projects. An end of semester portfolio represents students’ growth and artistic development.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

ART 121 Ceramics I: Foundations 3

A general overview of ceramics that focuses on a variety of hand building techniques as well as wheelwork and finishes.

ART 201 Three-Dimensional Design: Shapes & Space 3

Students learn the principles and elements of three-dimensional design and study how to apply them in a variety of studio projects. Students understand and demonstrate the different construction methods needed to create sculpture with a diverse array of media. Critical thinking skills such as problem solving, understanding the creative process (from idea to finished product), and addressing visual and conceptual themes are essential parts of the course. These skills are reflected in studio projects.

ELECTIVES (6 credits)

Choose two of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 122 Ceramics II: Wheel & Ceramic Sculpture 3 ART 121

This course allows the advanced students an opportunity for further work on wheel-produced production pieces, as well as exploring the possibilities of sculpture created with ceramic materials. Advanced finishing and firing techniques will also be considered.

ART 152 Painting I: Design & Color 3 ART 103

The elements and principles of design and color are introduced to create basic painting composition in a studio setting. Emphasis is given to techniques using acrylics and/or watercolor media. Critical thinking skills such as problem solving, understanding the creative process (from idea to finished product), and addressing visual and conceptual themes are essential parts of the course, reflected in the studio projects. Students will paint from a nude model. Gallery trips, as well as other field experiences, are key aspects of this course. Students work with the instructor to mount an end of semester exhibition, showcasing their artistic growth and development.

ART 205 Drawing II: Figure & Composition 3 ART 103

Students learn the elements and principles of drawing from life, with the emphasis on basic anatomy and advanced compositional elements. Projects incorporate advanced techniques and nontraditional media in a studio setting. Students will draw from a nude model. Critical thinking skills such as problem solving, understanding the creative process (from idea to finished product), and addressing visual and conceptual themes are essential parts of the course. These skills are reflected in studio projects.

ART 240 Printmaking 3 ART 101 or ART 103

The elements and principles of design and color are introduced to create prints in a studio setting. Emphasis is given to techniques using a variety of media and technologies. Critical thinking skills such as problem solving, understanding the creative process (from idea to finished product), and addressing visual and conceptual themes are essential parts of the course, reflected in the studio projects. Gallery trips, as well as other field experiences are key aspects of this course. Students work with the instructor to mount an end of semester exhibition, showcasing their artistic growth and development.

CIS 134 Graphic Imaging (Adobe® PhotoShop®) 3

Learn the intricacies of scanning and editing images for producing practical and expressive images on a computer using Adobe® PhotoShop® software.

CIS 137 Digital Photography I 3

(SAME AS ART 137) This course demonstrates how to use and handle a digital camera, capturing the image, editing and processing images for output — such as printing, or preparing images for upload to the internet for websites or social media platforms. The class will include techniques and instruction on layout, composition, rules of design, history of photography, and Photoshop® or image altering program applications.