After centuries of experimentation, painting still promises the discovery of boundless creative expression. The Specialized Program in Painting teaches essential painting techniques to develop your creativity using a variety of materials and methods. The curriculum broadens your understanding of line, form, color, composition and space. Required and elective courses provide the opportunity to expand your range of skills, experiment with new approaches and develop your artistic voice. Join our email list to stay informed about this program.
The table contains the required courses for the Specialized Program in Painting, as well as the terms they are typically available for enrollment.
3 Required Courses, Minimum of 2 Electives, 10 Semester Units (180 Hours of Instruction)
|Required Courses||Course Number||Units/ CEU||Classroom|
|Color Theory for the Visual Arts||X403||2||Fall
|Electives||Course Number||Units/ CEU||Classroom|
|The Abstract in Nature (offered future term)||X427||2|
|Approaches to Abstraction in Painting||X412.1||2||Fall
|Chinese Brush Painting||X449||2||Spring|
|Chinese Landscape Painting (offered future term)||X449.1||2|
|Colorful Painting: Observation and Intuition||X411.2||2||Summer|
|Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media||X414.3||2||Fall|
|Contemporary Realism: Painting Techniques of the Masters||X442.1||2||Fall|
|Figure Painting (offered future term)||X437||2|
|New! Light and Space||X411.4||2||Summer|
|Simplifying the Complex (offered future term)||X406.9||1|
|Working in Series||X413.3||2||Fall
Course availability is subject to change.
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You may enroll in individual courses without registering for the Specialized Program in Painting.
If you are interested in learning to paint for personal growth and artistic self-expression, this program meets your needs. It's also beneficial if you seek professional development for a career that requires artistic skills. This program satisfies the art practice prerequisite for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts.
There are no prerequisites for the Specialized Program in Painting, but a bachelor's degree is recommended.
The curriculum consists of 3 required courses and a minimum of 2 electives for a total of 10 semester units (180 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.
All coursework must be completed within two years of registering for the program. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion. For more information, please see the completion requirements and the substitutions, waivers and transfer credit policies.
By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register for the Specialized Program in Painting, submit the online registration form with your credit card information or complete the mail-in registration form. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
You should register for the program before you complete your second course in the curriculum.
Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated cost of $2,375 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.
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