Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 3072

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Achievement

The Art certificate of achievement program prepares high school seniors for employment and/or competitive arts programs in four-year institutions concentrating in Fine Arts or Digital Media Publishing.

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About this Art Certificate

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading or English before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. The certificate program is designed to give high school seniors a head start to a four-year degree. High School art classes have been pre-selected to determine entry into this program.

Can I transfer credits?

Courses completed as part of the Art certificate program can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 6 credits each semester, you can complete the certificate of achievement in one year.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques of art, design, photography, and/or computer graphics; and
  • Create compositions in art by proficiently utilizing drawing, painting, photography, and/or computer graphics skills.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Art Program Coordinator at (973)877-3151.

Program Requirements

Major Course Requirements

ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ART 103 Fundamentals of Art I (3 credits)
ART 104 Fundamentals of Art II (3 credits)

Note: 6 credits of coursework completed in an approved high school program can be substituted for ART 103 and ART 104.

Additional Course Requirements

Choose five of the following art courses: ART 101 Art History I, ART 108 Life Drawing, ART 110 Sculpture, ART 111 Fundamentals of Painting, ART 119 Museums and Galleries, ART 140 Photography, ART 161 Computer-Enhanced Layout and Design, ART 163 Digital Video Graphic Design, ART 167 Introduction to Computer Art, ART 168 Desktop Publishing/Presentation Graphics, ART 169 Advanced Computer Graphics, and/or ART 171 Cyberspace Graphics and Beginning Animation (five 3-credit courses)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Achievement: 24

ART 103 Fundamentals of Art I (3 credits)
ART 104 Fundamentals of Art II (3 credits)
6 credits of coursework transferred from an approved high school program

Fall Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Additional art course requirement (3 credits)

Spring Semester
Additional art course requirement (3 credits)
Additional art course requirement (3 credits)

Summer Session
Additional art course requirement (3 credits)
Additional art course requirement (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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