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Painting Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Freedom of expression.

Develop a basic understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to painting. Students will learn a variety of painting techniques and concepts. Projects explore everything from observational and representational painting to abstraction with acrylic, oil and watercolor paint while stressing the development of individual creative expression. The certificate in painting is a stand-alone program and may be taken by any student regardless of major, or may be selected by studio art majors as part of their degree. It is beneficial for education or design majors wanting a deeper understanding of painting or to explore an active and direct process of creative discovery. This certificate prepares you for entry-level positions dealing with creative and artistic production or instruction.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong skills in art or design.
  • Are committed to developing your talent.
  • Have a creative, expressive, curious personality.
  • Like to draw.

Career Opportunities

  • Animator
  • Community art instructor
  • Illustrator
  • Muralist
  • Studio artist
  • Theatre/film set design/painter

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.