• Fine arts and foundation courses provide a basis for study of art and design disciplines. Beginning artists and illustrators are introduced to essential tools and ideas, while those with more experience develop their skills and creativity in more advanced courses.


    • Basic Core OR Color Theory, Drawing I, and Painting I
    • Life Drawing
    • Painting II
    • Three (3) electives

    Note: Core classes are offered only in the fall and spring.

    Fine Arts Basic Core Studio

    This intensive certificate course is for those who wish to seriously develop themselves as artists. Two instructors of drawing and painting offer an integrated curriculum, the first step in a comprehensive program that focuses on necessary technical skills and vocabulary, theory, and art history. Both instructors assign work, and visual journals are a requirement. This course is recommended for students seeking to improve their portfolios for admission to Parsons degree programs.

    Color Theory

    Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations. Online students must have access to a scanner.

    Drawing I

    For those who have never picked up a pencil and beginners who prefer sticking to the basics. The class discusses form, drawing materials, line, and shading. Students learn about perspective, foreshortening, gesture, drapery, and portraiture. The class includes some life drawing from the model.

    Painting I

    This basic painting studio begins with an examination of the use of color, composition, spatial structure, and transition. Students work with a variety of observed sources, including the figure model, while receiving guidance on issues they are struggling with. Art history and contemporary art are incorporated.

    Life Drawing

    Discover aspects of drawing by working from the live model. Study master drawings and develop an understanding of structure to cultivate elements of draftsmanship.