Certificate of Achievement Program

About the Program

The Studio School at the Glassell School of Art offers a comprehensive fine arts program in which students work toward a Certificate of Achievement in one of the following subjects: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or jewelry.

Students may begin the program at any time after completing 30 to 36 hours of course work. Transcripts and portfolios are reviewed by the Studio School dean to determine proper placement. The program provides students with both the necessary foundation-level courses and a broad range of courses at the intermediate or advanced levels in their major field. In addition, elective courses enhance the student’s major field of study. 

Upon the student’s satisfactory completion of 96 specific credits, a committee of Studio School faculty reviews and approves the student’s work.


Students earn three hours of credit for each successfully completed (grade C or above) course per semester. All studio and art history courses must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken Pass/Fail. For Certificate of Achievement Students to receive a letter grade in Art History courses they are required to write a term paper on a topic provided by the instructor, due by the last day of the semester.

Subject/Course Credits
Art History electives 12
Drawing Fundamentals DRF 1301, DRF 1302 6
General electives 24
Life Drawing DRL 2310, DRL 2311 6
Major field of study 24
2-D courses other than major 9
2-D Design 2DD 1303 and 3-D Design 3DD 1304 6
3-D courses other than major 9
Total 96

Students may transfer 12 foundation-level credits, 6 art history credits, and 6 life-drawing credits from another post-secondary institution, with the approval of a faculty member and the Faculty Chair. Students interested in the Certificate of Achievement program should contact the Faculty Chair at 713.639.7500 for more information.