Washington Studio School Offers Two-Year Certificate Programs

By Editorial Team on October 2, 2018
Courtesy of Washington Studio School.
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Applications are now open.
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Foundation Program
2 YEARS (if pursued, full-time)
This structured introductory program is designed to develop strong, fundamental proficiency in drawing, painting and sculpture based on direct observation, including the human figure.  The curriculum will introduce students to the materials, techniques, language, concepts, and history of visual art.  Students who complete the program will be able to translate the observed world with both a sound degree of technical skill and empathic response.   By the second year, students will be exposed to a wide variety of traditional and contemporary practices and will begin to see how they each connect to the visual world in their own personal way.  The program can stand as an independent course of study, or can prepare students for application to the more advanced Master Certificate Program.  Hard work and commitment are expected, including work outside of the classroom.

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to steer her/him through the program and provide feedback.

Application is by form, statement, interview and application fee ($50).  As students can enter at a beginning level a portfolio is not required, but previous work will be looked at if it is available.

They are now accepting applications for our Winter Term (January 2018). Application is by form, statement, interview and application fee ($50). As students can enter at a beginning level a portfolio is not required, but previous work will be looked at if it is available.

Apply here.

Master Certificate
APPROXIMATELY 3 YEARS
The Master Certificate Program is designed for serious, advanced students at various stages of life as an alternative to a university MFA program. Students who are accepted into the program enter with strong skills and a commitment to the rigor, seriousness of purpose, and curiosity necessary to the life of an artist. During their time in the program, they will deepen their existing skills and use them to begin producing work that is meaningful and personal to them. Work comes from a vocabulary built out of direct observation, but can move into abstraction, memory or imagination. The program involves both course work at the advanced level and independent time in the studio and is based on achieving a level of mastery in the use of visual language and material technique. While there are listed class requirements, the goal of the program is to develop sound studio practices, discipline, and independent thinking. Art history and appreciation begins to serve as source and catalyst for work outside of the classroom as students absorb the lessons of old and modern masters. Students work with a faculty advisor throughout. The final year of the program is primarily independent study with a faculty mentor. Additionally, the culminating thesis exhibition is a means to develop the professional skills needed to produce and mount a cohesive and personal body of work.

We are now accepting applications for our Winter Term (January 2018). Application by form, statement, portfolio (10 drawings, 5 paintings), recommendations and application fee ($100).

Apply here.