Certificate of Fine Arts

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Program Description

The New York Academy of Art Certificate of Fine Art (CFA) Program is a twelve-month, 36-credit studio sequence that provides students the opportunity to develop their personal vision and specialized skills within an active and inspiring fine arts school. The CFA program is designed for those seeking intensive instruction in painting, sculpture, and drawing and interested in engaging in the critical discourse of contemporary representational art.

Certificate of Fine Arts Core Outcomes

  • Working knowledge of anatomy
  • Understanding of composition strategies
  • Ability to conceptualize the human figure
  • Ability to depict the human figure
  • Ability to depict the figure in space structurally
  • Fundamental knowledge of traditional techniques
  • Understanding the history of the visual art technique
  • Understanding of art history
  • Ability to engage in critical discourse
  • Understanding the nature of figurative art in history
  • Creativity and independent thinking
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Independent research skills

The New York Academy of Art CFA is ideal for:

  • An individual with an undergraduate degree in the non-art field who would like to develop a portfolio of work for application to MFA programs.
  • A practicing artist wishing to explore a new medium or seeking training in specific technical skills offered at the New York Academy of Art.
  • Someone interested in making a career change that feels the need to become immersed in their art practice.
  • International students looking for a year of intensive studio work before beginning a Masters of Fine Art Program.
  • The CFA program will provide the student with a strong body of work for graduate admissions and lay the foundation for their career as a practicing studio artist.

Completion of the Certificate Program does not guarantee admission into the Masters of Fine Arts Program at the New York Academy of Art and credits attained while in the Certificate Program do not apply towards an MFA degree at the Academy.

CFA Curriculum

The CFA lasts three semesters, beginning in September. Students take four classes per semester covering drawing, painting, sculpture, and a grounding in art history. Each participant will be assigned an advisor that will meet with the student individually about his or her relevant background, knowledge, skill level, and what the student hopes to gain from enrollment in the Certificate Program. Advisors meet with students at the start of their coursework and at the end of each semester to help guide the student toward the successful completion of the program and the achievement of the student’s goals.

After completing two semesters of studio studies, students will apply for the final requirement of the Certificate Program: the production and exhibition of a work or group of works of art. Working closely with their faculty advisors, students spend eight weeks working in the exhilarating atmosphere of the studios at the New York Academy of Art, focusing on their creative process. The advisor will mentor the student through the process of completing both the exhibition and their written statement documenting the student’s purpose in making the work and the techniques employed to achieve that purpose.

Semester One | Fall

  • CFA - A502 | Anatomical Drawing
  • CFA - D501 | Drawing I
  • CFA - P501 | Painting I
  • CFA - S501 | Sculpture I

Semester Two | Spring

  • CFA - D502 | Drawing II
  • CFA - H501 | Art History I
  • CFA - P502 | Painting II
  • CFA - EA501 | Ecorche (Elective)
  • CFA - ED503 | Structural Drawing (Elective)
  • CFA - ES502 | Sculpture II (Elective)

Semester Three | Summer

  • CFA - I501 | Independent Project
  • CFA - H502 | Art History II
  • CFA - ED504 | Perspective (Elective)
  • CFA - EH501 | Theory of Color & Composition (Elective)
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