Eligibility & Requirements

Statement of Intent and C.V.
A Statement of Intent describes your reason for pursuing a Certificate of Completion with the Art Students League. 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 and application. A Curriculum Vitae or résumé details your art-related activities and accomplishments. 

Artwork Submission
Online artwork submission of 10 jpeg images is required. It is advised that applicants select work relevant to their chosen area of concentration.


  • An official transcript is required to show your previous studies in the fine arts.
  • A degree or diploma is not necessary. Official Transcripts from the Art Students League are accepted.
  • Applicants to the two-year Certificate Program must demonstrate a minimum of 2 academic school year’s study from a post-secondary Fine Arts Program.
  • Applicants to the four-year Certificate Program must demonstrate previous fine arts study from studio classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking or mixed media.


Provide three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your development as an artist.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required.

International Student Language Proficiency
If you are an international student, a good working knowledge of English is required.

Other Fees

  • $300 Certificate Student per Semester (all certificate students)
  • $300 International Student per Semester (F-1 students only)

(Note: Fees are subject to change without prior notice)

Applying to the Certificate Program 

Fall 2023 Application Deadlines:

  • International students who need to obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility are advised to submit this application by June 30, 2023.
  • International students who will be transferring to the Art Students League or who will be applying for the F-1 visa should contact the International & Certificate Student Services office as soon as possible by email: tom@artstudentsleague.org
  • Domestic 2-Year and 4-Year (non-F-1) Certificate Program candidates may submit the application through July 31, 2023.

The Fall 2023 Semester begins September 5, 2023.

Aspiring Artist Program:

The Aspiring Artist Scholarship program is a comprehensive professional-level oil painting program taught by a master artist for promising young artists still attending high school.  Applicants who are accepted should make a full commitment in attending the program weekly for 8 months. 

PROGRAM DATES: October 15, 2023 - May 19, 2024 Sundays from 1:00-4:45 pm


NO FEES: Tuition is free and art supplies are included.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to junior and senior high school visual artists working in drawing or painting.  

You will need to have the following information ready to complete this application:    

•Statement of Artistic Intent (no more than 150 words)

•5 JPG images of your artwork The original pieces need to be handcrafted.  Photographs and pieces done using digital software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch or Procreate) will not be accepted.

(LABELED: LastName_FirstName_Title_Medium)

Application Deadline: July 9, 2023 

Submission Requirements

1) Artist Statement 

2) Resumé of art-related activities 

3) Proposal for Public Sculpture (To be fabricated and installed in Riverside Park at 145th Street) 

4) Portfolio: twenty (20) images of original artwork, proposal maquette, and ideation materials

Selection Criteria

I.  Artistic Merit & Creativity

  • Originality of concept and sense of aesthetic vision
  • Quality of artwork and demonstrated artistic skill

II.  Proposal Development & Feasibility

  • Demonstrate a realistic grasp of how the proposal can be fabricated
  • Demonstrate clear ideation from concept to maquette

III.  Public Engagement

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the installation site and how the project will resonate with the local community

Selection: August 11, 2023 

Program Start: September 5, 2023 


For questions about the program or the application process, please contact Tom Tacik, Associate Director/PDSO, Certificate and Special Programs, by email: tom@artstudentsleague.org

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