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Art and the Creative Process Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Art and the Creative Process documents concentrated study in studio art and the creative process. Regardless of profession or lifestyle, students benefit from the essential practice and preparation needed to harness their creativity and express themselves artistically. The program is designed for students with little or no art background and brings them step-by-step through a systematic program of courses to develop basic artistic skills and an understanding of the creative process. Students will choose from a variety of art courses to develop basic artistic techniques, while improving their abilities to observe, to find innovative solutions, and to express individual creativity. The certificate program focuses on both the creative process and the artistic product (a portfolio of finished artwork). Students also develop confidence with experimentation and self-expression.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses
Drawing: Focus on Perception (Beginning)
ART-40166
3
L L L L
Drawing: Refining Technique (Intermediate)
ART-40253
3
L L L L
Introduction to Painting
ART-40180
3
  L L  
Creative Process I
ART-40191
3
L L    
Creative Process II
ART-40181
3
  L L  
One Additional Painting Course is Required (3 units may be chosen from painting electives below)
Art History (2 units required. Topics vary.)
Introduction to Art Appreciation
ART-40602
2
O   O  
Art of the High Renaissance & the Baroque Age
ART-40450
1
    L  
Electives (select 9 units)
Drawing Electives (Please note, Drawing: Focus on Perception is a pre-requisite for most courses.)
Figure Drawing I
ART-40006
3
L L   L
Figure Drawing II
ART-40167
3
Schedule Varies
Drawing Ideas: Developing Your Sketchbook
ART-40447
3
    L  
Introduction to Illustration
ART-40428
3
    L  
Animal Illustration
ART-40162
3
    L  
Drawing on the iPad
ART-40609
2
U      
Painting Electives (Please note, Introduction to Painting is a pre-requisite for most courses.)
Abstract Painting
ART-40194
3
L      
Abstract Painting II (Advanced)
ART-40304
3
  L    
Abstract Figure Drawing and Painting
ART-40367
3
      L
Eye on Nature: A Beginning Watercolor Workshop
ART-40075
3
Schedule Varies
California Impressionism: Plein Air Painting
ART-40556
2
    L L
Fundamentals of Landscape Painting
ART-40414
3
  L    
Coastal Views: Painting Plein Air
ART-40403
2
      L
Plein Air Painting: A Working Method
ART-40483
2
L      
Intermediate Watercolor
ART-40239
3
L     L
Oil Painting I
ART-40002
3
L      
Acrylic Painting Intensive
ART-40603
2
      L
Watercolor I: Basic Techniques and Materials
ART-40625
3
    L  
Wet-on-Wet Painting
ART-40604
2
      L
Mixed Media Electives (Check back regularly for new course listings.)
Printmaking Workshop: Making a New Impression
ART-40621
2
  L    
Introduction to Book Arts
ART-40245
3
Schedule Varies
Introduction to Mosaic Art
ART-40354
3
  L    
Introduction to Mosaic Sculpture
ART-40385
3
      L
Photo Silkscreen I
ART-40464
2
L L L L
Drawing Ideas: Developing Your Sketchbook
ART-40447
3
    L  
Poster Art: A Photo Silkscreen Workshop
ART-40622
2
  L    
Illustrating Books for Children
ART-40011
3
  O   L
Watermedia and Collage
ART-40271
3
  L    
(Un)glued: Focus on Collage
ART-40396
2
    L L
Sculpture Electives (offered in collaboration with the Athenaeum School of the Arts)
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100477 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Arts, Humanities & Languages, (858) 534-5760
E-mail: ahl@ucsd.edu

Program Benefits

  • Develop basic artistic techniques
  • Improve your ability to observe
  • Find innovative solutions
  • Express your individual creativity

Certificate Guidelines

The program consists of earning at least 29 quarter units in Art. Students should be able to complete the entire certificate program in 2.5 years. 29 units are required in the following areas: * Drawing (6 units required) * Painting (6 units required) * Art History (2 units required) * Creativity (6 units required) * Electives (Total of 9 units required)

Advisors

France-Marie Haeger
Art Instructor
UCSD Extension

Mary Livingstone Beebe
Director
UCSD Stuart Collection

Kathleen McCormick
Principle Architectural Designer
Smith + Others

Ernie Silva
Professor of Visual Arts (deceased)
UCSD

Armistead Smith
Principal Architect
Smith + Others

Erika Torri
Executive Director
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library