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Foundational Art Programs

The Foundational Art Programs are for students who are interested in enrolling in a intensive full-time course of study without pursing a formal degree or certificate.  Programs are open to all students who are interested in professional growth, personal development and preparatory art study.

International students are eligible and must be conversant in English.

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This 1-year sequential curriculum focuses on drawing from direct observation.  Students will have a working proficiency of the human form as it relates to traditional representation in drawing.  In addition, students will learn solid draftsmanship and technical skills in Classic Academic and Figure Construction, which will give students a well-developed understanding of line, form, structure, shadow, tone, light, edges, and the human anatomy.

Curriculum:

Drawing 1A/B, 2A/B, 3A/B, 4

Sculpture 1, 2

Figure Construction 1, 2, 3, 4

Anatomy/Ecorché 1, 2

Composition 1, 2

Perspective

Art History 1, 2, 3, 4

Electives

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This 18-month sequential curriculum focuses on drawing and painting from direct observation.  Students will have a working proficiency of the human form as it relates to traditional representation in drawing and painting.  Students will learn solid draftsmanship and technical skills in Classic Academic and Figure Construction, which will give students a well-developed understanding of line, form, structure, shadow, tone, light, edges, and the human anatomy. In addition, students will explore the fundamental practices of painting. Working from the live model, students will be challenged to refine their ability to simplify what they see and create paintings that feature strong structure, clear value organization and elegant simplification.

Curriculum:

Drawing 1A/B, 2A/B, 3A/B, 4

Sculpture 1, 2

Figure Construction 1, 2, 3, 4

Anatomy/Ecorché 1, 2

Composition 1, 2

Perspective

Art History 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Painting 1A/B, 2A/B

Composition 3

Methods and Materials in Painting

Color and Light Theory

Electives

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Cost Per Quarter – $4,700 includes $100 registration fee per quarter.  Payment plans are available.

Per Year – $18,800

Miscellaneous Fees:

Application Fee – $100
Administrative Fee, per quarter – $100
Late Payment Fee, per quarter – $150
Foreign Student Visa Application Processing Fee – $100
Non-Sufficient Funds (N.S.F.) Check Fee – $35
If your check is returned N.S.F., you will be required to pay this fee plus the amount of the N.S.F. check in the form of a cashier’s check or money order before your next class meets again.

None of the aforementioned costs include supplies.  Students will not be required to purchase any supplies directly from LAAFA.

Methods of Payment:

LAAFA accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

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  • A $100 application fee and online application form.
  • A Portfolio – Containing no more than ten and no less than five of your most recent and best two-dimensional artwork pieces – Students must include at least 3 figurative drawings from life.  Please click here for more information on “What Makes A Good Portfolio”.  Artwork submitted from photographs are strongly discouraged. Images must be in JPEG format. Images should be as close to 800 X 1200 pixel and 72 DPI. The JPEG must also be large enough to show your entire piece (do not crop your artwork).  Each JPEG must be labeled with a number, and the student’s name.  Include a list of portfolio works with your submission.  Include numbers corresponding to the images submitted, as well as title of work, description of piece, concept and/or subject matter, size, medium, and completion date.
  • One Required Drawing – Applicants must complete a life size scale drawing of a glass cup and an egg on 18”x24” white paper.  The drawing must be done in charcoal or graphite.  It may be any opaque glass cup and egg of your choosing.  We are looking for quality of execution and innovative concepts.
  • A one or two page Essay or Personal Statement – An essay or personal statement will express your commitment to representational use of the figure in making contemporary art.  In addition, please address why you feel LAAFA is the best choice in pursuing your educational goals. Students are strongly encouraged to review LAAFA’s mission statement.

Additional Requirements for International Students Include:

  • Complete a Declaration of Finances. The declaration must show how the student plans on paying for the tuition, living expenses as well as supplies and book costs associated with the cost of the program as well as a guarantee of payment for one year’s tuition, supplies, and all living expenses.
  • Copy of Valid Passport.
  • The official bank statement and/or other financial documents must be in English, or be accompanied by a certified English translation, and must delineate funds in U.S. currency.
  • An additional $100 Visa Application Processing Fee will be due upon acceptance into the program.  The applicant is responsible for all courier costs associated with the shipping of the I-20 form to the student.

Once student is accepted into the program and a $100 Application Processing fee is received, we will send student an I- 20 Document. The completed I-20 must be taken to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to obtain an M- 1 Student Visa. Students that are currently in the US will need to visit the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services online for additional information on how to proceed to change their visa status.

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Visa Processing Information

Here are the steps for processing your visa:
Step 1 – Submit all required documents to LAAFA at least two months prior to the program start date.  You may find all documents required for international students here.

Step 2 – Once we have determined that you meet all of the entrance requirements and you have the financial ability to pay for your education and living expenses, we will create an initial electronic SEVIS record and send you a signed copy of the Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Students), along with detailed instructions.

Step 3 – The Federal Government charges a fee for the visa application process (SEVIS I-901 FEE), which must be paid prior to applying for the actual visa.  Information on how to pay the I-901 fee will be provided with the I-20 form.

Step 4 – Submit your proof of payment of the I-901 fee as well as the LAAFA endorsed I-20 form to a United States Consulate Office to apply for the M-1 visa.

International students who have already been admitted to the United States, and now wish to transfer to LAAFA must file a Form I-539 to change from their current non-immigrant status to an M-1 student.  Most classes of non-immigrants can begin studying at LAAFA while their application is pending.  The exceptions are non-immigrants that are currently in B-1, B-2 or F-2 status.  These non-immigrants cannot begin a program of study prior to approval of their change of status.

You have the ability to enter into the US within a month of the program start date once your visa has been secured.

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Education is the most important investment you will ever make.  Education is an investment in you!  It can give you a dream career that is both personally and financially rewarding.  The challenge is, how to afford the tuition now.

Through our school sponsored programs and partnerships with financing companies and government agencies, we can help you with your tuition costs.  We encourage you to work with us to design a financial plan that helps you accomplish your educational goals.

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