Conceptual art is based on the assertion that the essence of art is an idea or concept that may exist independently from an object as its representation. Historically associated with the dematerialization of the art object, the strategies of this movement are the hallmarks of contemporary art and form the foundation of such divergent practices as eco-art, performance art, video art, new media, community art, art/sci collaboration and intermedia. In the Conceptual Art Making class at the Art Students League, Elizabeth Demaray will trace the history of generative art while pairing with the Art Students League community to make works of conceptually based art. This workshop is ideal for artists working in any medium who would like to frame, inform or support their practice in the context of contemporary practice. Participants need no prior knowledge of conceptual art making to participate.

Eligibility & Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Prescribed Course of Study Certificate Program you must fulfill these 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.

Artwork Submission
Online artwork submission of 6–10 jpg images should be included in the application. It is advised that applicants choose work appropriate to their chosen program.

• 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.

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:

$250 Certificate Student fee every Semester

$275 International Student fee every Semester

(fees subject to change without prior notice)

Applying to the Certificate Program

Spring 2022
Online Application opens: October 15, 2021

Application Reviews Begin on December 15, 2021

Semester Begins January 18, 2022

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 17, 2021 - May 23, 2022 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.

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