Distance Learning Class and School Options in Fine Art

Many schools offer online options in fine art studies through certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Keep reading for more info about studying the fine arts online.

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Online Fine Art Course Options

The following courses will give you an idea of the online options in fine art:

  • Intro to Visual Arts: This course helps students gain fundamental experience studying paintings, sculptures and various mediums of creative work. Students are shown how to look at visual art with a critical eye towards the artist's message.
  • Intro to Drawing: In this class, students are taught about the appropriate techniques for drawing. Topics include contour drawing, perspective and the observation of forms.
  • Introduction to Painting: In this course, students are introduced to painting materials, including canvases, types of paints, brushes and solvents. They also learn about the fundamental concepts underpinning the craft, including color, space and composition.
  • Introduction to Digital Photography: This course covers basic photography setup and capture techniques for a variety of purposes, including portraits, product photos and action pictures. Students are also introduced to theoretical concepts related to lighting and perspective.
  • History of Art: This course explores important works of art throughout the centuries and the lives of the artists who created them. Special emphasis is placed on creative themes like politics, society and religion. Historical art movements are also examined.
  • Philosophical Interpretations of Art: In this advanced course, students explore the philosophical aspects of art criticism. Structuralist and post-structuralist concepts are included in the curriculum.

Program Information

Online fine arts programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs are not extremely common, but interested students can find schools that allow them to earn an Associate of Arts (AA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MFA) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Topics of study in these programs vary widely, ranging from painting to graphic design to animation to art education. In some programs, students are also required to fulfill core or general education requirements. For students who do not want to earn a full degree, certificate programs are also available online. They often consist of a short series of fundamental courses that cover the basics of color theory, drawing and painting.

Individuals who are interested in completing an online fine arts education may want to consider programs at the following schools:

  • The Academy of Art University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • The New School
  • Sessions College

Distance learning in fine art is offered through undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as certificate programs. Areas of study vary depending on a program's emphasis and degree level, but can include topics in painting, art history and photography.

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