The primary educational goals for the painting certificate is knowledge of and proficiency in painting practice based on the observation of nature including the human figure and supported by craftsmanship, individual initiative, creativity, and the ability to interpret ideas through artistic expression.

The program requires students to understand historical and contemporary examples of painting and to integrate that knowledge into studio practice. Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of value, color, composition and expression through the study of anatomy, life drawing, perspective and design and the role these elements play in conveying meaning and vivacity. Students will be competent in the use of media such as oil, watercolor, egg tempera, and pastel and will demonstrate through robust and substantial works proficiency in a range of painting modes including the figure, landscape, portrait and still life.