The Art Students League of New York's Certificate Program is a two or four-year course of intensive study within the League’s renowned atelier system that is designed to cultivate artistic growth and tailored to meet the artist’s professional and personal goals.
In this program, students concentrate in one of the following fine arts disciplines: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing, Mixed Media, and Comics and Narrative Arts. Core requirements consist primarily of classwork in the student's chosen discipline, but also include secondary classwork in a different discipline. All classes offered at the League are open to Certificate Program students.
The Certificate Program is semester-based, with students allowed to begin in September or January. Students who complete the program earn a Certificate of Fine Art from the Art Students League of New York—an internationally recognized accreditation that represents the student's mastery of fine art technique in their chosen discipline.
Tuition fees for the Certificate Program are based on your primary and secondary core requirements and vary based on your class selection. Students are responsible for registering for their own classes and paying their own tuition fees at the start of each semester.
A Certificate Fee of $300 is charged for each semester of enrollment, and international students pay an additional International Student Fee of $300 per semester. Tuition does not include non-refundable school fees that the student is responsible for, such as monthly locker rental, class material fees, studio fees, and art supplies. Both tuition and fees are subject to change.
To apply for the Certificate Program, please include the following materials:
A Statement of Intent describes your reason for pursuing a Certificate of Completion with the Art Students League of New York. You are encouraged to include information about yourself, your objectives, and your interests that may not be immediately apparent from a review of your portfolio.
A portfolio of 6–10 images, submitted online (jpeg file format preferred), is the most important aspect of your application. We advise applicants to submit work that is appropriate to their chosen program.
A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be charged for each application submitted.
If you are an international student, good working knowledge of English is required to apply.
US citizens, permanent residents, and individuals in a non-immigrant category who are able to pursue a full course of study may apply to the 2-year or 4-year Certificate Program. Domestic students are eligible to apply for concentrations in Drawing, Comics and Narrative Arts, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media and Sculpture.
If you’re interested in attending the League as a certificate student, please make an appointment for either an in-person or remote (Zoom or phone call) meeting here.
The Art Students League of New York is approved by New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to accept students who wish to use their Veterans Education Benefits. To be eligible to use your VA Education Benefits, students must be accepted to the full-time Certificate Program and submit their official acceptance letter and League Student ID number to the VA.
To make an appointment for either in-person or remote (telephone or Zoom) meetings, please click here.
VA students are subject to the specific refund policies of the Department of Veterans Affairs regulation [38 CFR 21.4255].