Art (ART)

Your education in the arts begins here. Green River College fosters an in-depth preparation for the study and creation of art. At Green River you will undertake a program of study which helps each individual student find a balance between aesthetics and technique in your creative process and expression. Through the development of strong problem solving skills, you will learn to discuss the theoretical and practical meaning of your work. At Green River you can develop your ideas, build strong techniques, and create a competitive portfolio.

When can new students enroll?

You may enroll in an Art Certificate program at the beginning of any quarter. Please note that some courses are only offered once or twice a year.


Complete an application to Green River, complete the COMPASS assessment, and meet with an art advisor. A GED® or high school diploma is highly recommended. Communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills are important.

How long does the program take?

It depends on your schedule. These certificates are designed to be completed within 43 credits. To further your knowledge of the arts and your skill level, additional coursework in art history and various other art classes depending on the certificate, are recommended. However, they are not required to complete the certificate.

Special fees

Many of the art courses require additional fees, ranging from $10-$50. You will also be required to purchase your own art supplies.

Financial aid

This certificate does not qualify for federal/state financial aid or VA funding unless the certificate or courses are applied toward an appropriate two-year degree program.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio of artwork is a collection of your best and most recent work—approximately 15-20 pieces. It is a crucial part of your application to professional art schools, most university art programs, and galleries. The portfolio helps someone evaluate your achievements and potential.

The following are some considerations for portfolio inclusion:

  • Drawings
  • Drawings from observation only
  • Figure drawing from a live model
  • Composition skills
  • Exploration of media, including use of color
  • Design—2D, 3D
  • Abstract work
  • Complex compositional skills
  • Thoughtful execution of ideas
  • Good craftsmanship

Note: The portfolio should also include examples of your best work in your specialty.

Does the program transfer to four-year schools?

All transferability of classes to four-year institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students should contact an advisor at the college to which they intend to transfer.