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The New York Academy of Art Certificate of Fine Art (CFA) Program is a twelve-month, 36-credit studio sequence that provides students the opportunity to develop their personal vision and specialized skills within an active and inspiring fine arts school. The CFA program is designed for those seeking intensive instruction in painting, sculpture, and drawing and interested in engaging in the critical discourse of contemporary representational art.

The New York Academy of Art CFA is ideal for:

• An individual with an undergraduate degree in non-art field who would like to develop a portfolio of work for application to MFA programs.
• A practicing artist wishing to explore a new medium or seeking training in specific technical skills offered at the New York Academy of Art.
• Someone interested in making a career change that feels the need to become immersed in their art practice.
• International students looking for a year of intensive studio work before beginning a Masters of Fine Art Program.

The CFA program will provide the student with a strong body of work for graduate admissions and lay the foundation for their career as a practicing studio artist.

Completion of the Certificate Program does not guarantee admission into the Masters of Fine Arts Program at the New York Academy of Art and credits attained while in the Certificate Program do not apply towards an MFA degree at the Academy.

"The figure is nothing unless you can twist it around like a strange miracle."

Willem De Kooning

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about the New York Academy of Art Graduate Program by viewing our catalogue.