Award in Classical Realism: Fine Art (Drawing and Painting)

280.001,650.00

Acquire Professional Skills in Fine Arts

  AWARD MQF LEVEL 5   /   Get Qualified (70% Refund) 

Upcoming Commencement Dates: 9th October ’23; 22nd January ’24; 17th June ’24 (see all full details in schedule section)
Assessment: Project-Based learning
Mode of Study: PARTTIME

This is an Award level 5 program, recognized by the MFHEA. This continues to confirm the industry-relevance of our programs!

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Course Description

Program Overview

This unique fine art program provides the professional artistic ‘skill-set’ necessary towards becoming an established artist.

Divided into 4 modules or as we like to call them ‘courses’ (since students can subscribe for each module individually or as a whole) with the 1st 2 modules providing students with a comprehensive understanding and skills of representational art (the ‘Foundation program’). Starting with Drawing and followed with the Watercolour Painting course and workshops —  this foundation program offers a versatile and comprehensive learning experience for new students.

During the consecutive 3rd and 4th modules (also referred to as the ‘Classical realism program’) students will delve deep into figurative art inspired by the Classical Masters’ timeless approach towards life-like Realism. Students will learn the principles, process and techniques needed for expertise in realistic expression in figurative drawing and oil painting..

All lessons during the Classical components of the program are structured and based on the Atelier methods- in the academic tradition of L’Académie des beaux-arts and modern schools of realism.

Who is this program best suited for?

This course is very well designed for motivated students with little to no prior academic knowledge or artistic technical experience. It is also great for those involved within neighbouring artistic and creative industries (such as tattooing, restoration etc…) who wish to become more confident and skilled in technical art with special focus on Classical Art techniques and processes.

This art program is based on various specialized workshops which aim to provide the student with an comprehensive artistic skill-set spanning different materials and across different academic subjects (from object to landscape painting to figurative art).

Study mode: Project-based (exam free)    |    Duration: 225 hours
Total hours of Learning (incl. lectures, project work, assessments and self study): 1,125hrs
Entry requirements: Motivated students with good English communication. No prior skill, experience or knowledge required
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What will you Learn after this course?

This course is a combination of learning through lectures as well as hands on practical experience through a series of workshops and design tasks.

We will discuss theory, ideology, technique and process exposing yourself to a broad spectrum of subjects to help find your voice as a designer and prepare you for the professional world.

You will work in-class as well outside class hours for the completion of course projects and final piecework (during self-study and practice hours)

During the Foundation program (Modules 1 & 2) students will have the opportunity to:

✓ Learn the Foundations of Drawing and watercolour painting: from shading techniques, still-life and perspective to basic anatomy and portraiture;

✓ Become knowledgeable about colour theory and painting principles, process and techniques during Watercolour and painting modules

During the Classical Realism parts (Modules 3 & 4) students will have the opportunity to:

✓ Discover new ways of perceiving design in different contexts, together with new techniques and methods of expressing art.

✓ Acquire solid painting skills during the Watercolour painting module in: Perspective, colour theory, basic anatomy, portraiture, still-life and landscape.

✓ GAIN intuitive skill and learn how to use and manipulate the creative and logical processes of the brain and visual-system to render exceptional and aesthetically pleasing works of art.

✓ Learn the use of Limited and Grisaille oil palettes while obtaining knowledge about colour theory;
✓ Acquire profound knowledge and skills about mechanisms underlying of figurative art: human proportions, anatomy and structure.

✓ Obtain trade secrets and insight of creative and artistic ability uniquely taught by professional artists.

✓ Specialize in classical drawing and oil painting and gain advanced knowledge about figurative art inspired by 20th-century classical way of painting theory, style and philosophy, as initiated by the Renaissance approach towards composition beauty, harmony and completeness.

By end of this Award the student will acquire professional knowledge and skills across drawing, watercolour and oil painting enabling the student to produce high-quality works of art and build a professional portfolio to be able to start working in the creative and fine arts industry.

Easels and learning theory booklet will be provided.

Other personal-use materials and resources will be communicated by the tutor and are to be purchased.

Mode of Study: PARTTIME

COMMENCEMENT DATES:

Weeks starting: 9th October 2023; 22nd January 2024; 17th June 2024

DAYS & TIMES:

Course 1: Drawing – Mondays 7:30PM-9:30PM

Course 2: Watercolour – Wednesdays 7:30PM-9:30PM

Courses 3 & 4: Classical Realism (Cycle 1 & 2) – Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30PM-9:30PM

Total Duration: circa 50-55 weeks (225 total session hours)

Christmas Break: Dec 24th 2023- Jan 6th 2024
Easter Break: 9th- 22nd April 2024
*Course schedules are subject to change from time to time without prior notice. Sessions may change during public holidays*

Assessment:

Project-based

Institute:

MAD Institute

Learning mode:

Hybrid and/or Class-based

Qualification

MFHEA Malta Further and Higher Education Authority

The ProfessionalSkills Fine Art program is an MQF Level 5 Award (45ECTS) titled ‘Award in Classical Realism in Fine Art Drawing and Painting’ by National Commission for Further & Higher Education. The Award certificate will be presented to delegates upon successful attendance of all modules and completion of relative assessments (Projects). This continues to confirm the industry relevance of our programs.

Program Outline

Module 1: Foundations of Realist Drawing in Pencil and Charcoal

The 1st module from this 4-part award program lays the most important foundations of drawing in pencil and charcoal. Students will start from the basics leading towards more sophisticated techniques, processes and principles. During this 1st module or ‘beginners drawing course’ as we like to refer to it students will acquire knowledge, skill and confidence during the below different sessions and workshops:

  • Shapes using Different Shading Techniques
  • Still Life Drawing
  • Charcoal Drawing from Photo
  • Reductive Method Still Life
  • Mixed Media Still Life
  • Technical Bargue Drawing
  •  Facial Structure

Module 1: Award in – Foundations of realist drawing in pencil and charcoal (Exit Award) | MQF level 5 | 6 ECTS 

Lectures/sessions: 30hrs — Total hours of learning including sessions/workshops; self study; assessments and project work (150 hrs)

Learning mode options:    Class-based   /   LIVE online   /  Hybrid 


Entry Requirements: No prior experience or knowledge is required. Good English communication (speaking and understanding).

Module 2: Watercolour Foundations and Techniques

During this 2nd module we explore the medium of watercolour and learn the basics on how to paint using a variety of techniques and methods.

Lessons and workshops during this module include:

  • Introduction to Watercolour Techniques
  • One Object Still Life Painting
  • Warm and Cold Colours Value Landscapes
  • Still Life Painting
  • The Secret of Layering and Absence of Colour
  • Focal and Bleeding Exercise
  • Light and Reflections
  • Intro to Landscape Painting
  • Charcoal and Watercolour
  • Watercolour and Ink workshop
  • En Plein Air (Outdoors painting) workshop

Module 2: Award in-Watercolour Foundations and Techniques (Exit Award) | MQF level 5 | 10 ECTS

Lectures/sessions: 50hrs — Total hours of learning including sessions/workshops; self study; assessments and project work (250 hrs)

Learning mode options:    Class-based (in-person)   /   LIVE online   */  Hybrid *
*This module includes ‘en plein air’ (outdoors) sessions. En plein air sessions are are held outdoors and strictly in-person.


Entry Requirements: No prior experience or knowledge is required. Good English communication (speaking and understanding).

Module 3: Classical Realism in Drawing and Oil painting (Cycle 1)

This 3rd module in this 4 part sequence introduces not only the techniques of realist drawing and oil painting but also the underlying principles of figure drawing.

Structured into 2 progressive cycles; 1st the Intensive Realist Drawing course secondly the Classical Oil Painting course you will delve right into the Classical Masters’ timeless approach towards life-like Realism. During these intensive workshops that follow you will learn the principles, process and techniques needed for expertise in classical realism for realistic expression in drawing and oil painting –  inspired by the Renaissance artistry and was later re-surfaced by the Classical Masters in the late 19th to 20th century.

All subsequent workshops during these upcoming Modules 3 & 4  are structured and based on the Atelier methods- in the academic tradition of L’Académie des beaux-arts and modern schools of realism.

Different methods will be used throughout different parts of this course, which aim to provide a holistic understanding of the different principles in Classical Realism. Lessons in Classical Drawing will consist of essential techniques from inside the Atelier. The simple use of line, shape, form, light and shadow will become the basis of the first few lessons. In addition, a thorough understanding of colour and optics will be our focus during the later parts of the course in dealing with Classical painting.

Workshops during Module 3 include:

  1. Charles Bargue

2. Still Life Drawing

3. Figure Drawing

4. Master Copy Painting

5. Cast/Still life Painting

6. Full Figure Painting

Module 3: Award in- Classical Realism in Drawing and Painting Cycle 1 (Exit Award) | MQF level 5 | ECTS 14

Lectures/sessions: 70hrs — Total hours of learning including sessions/workshops; self study; assessments and project work (350 hrs)

Learning mode options:    Class-based 


Entry Requirements: Successful completion of Modules 1 and 2 OR students with a good portfolio of technical art (drawing and painting)

Module 4: Classical Realism (Cycle 2)

This instructive programme aims to introduce not only the techniques of realist drawing and oil painting but also the underlying principles of Portrait Drawing & Painting.

All lessons are structured and based on the Atelier methods- in the academic tradition of L’Académie des beaux-arts and modern schools of realism.

Different methods will be used throughout different parts of this course, which aim to provide a holistic understanding of the different principles in Classical Realism. Lessons in Classical Drawing will consist of essential techniques from inside the Atelier.

Workshops during this 4th Module include:

  1. High Chroma Painting

2.  Trompe L’Oeil

3. Cold and Warm Watercolour Effect Still Life Painting

5. Full palette Portrait Drawing & Painting

Module 4: Award in- Classical Realism Cycle 2 (Exit Qualification) | MQF level 5 | ECTS 15

Lectures/sessions: 75hrs — Total hours of learning including sessions/workshops; self study; assessments and project work (375 hrs)

Learning mode options:    Class-based 


Entry Requirements: Successful completion of Module 3

After Full successful completion of all 4 Modules student will be awarded:

Award in Classical Realism in Fine Art Drawing and Painting | MQF Level 5  | 45ECTS

Program Funding Options

GET QUALIFIED SCHEME

Students following the ‘Award in Classical Realism in Fine Art Drawing and Painting’ study programme can apply for the Get Qualified Scheme which will enable them to benefit from a tax credit of 70% of the costs incurred (ie. €1,155 will be refunded back for this Full Award course).

For more details on this scheme visit >

TRAINING PAYS SCHEME (TPS)

The scheme offers assistance in the form of a training grant to aid participants with costs relating to training. Eligible candidates satisfying a list of criteria can benefit from a 75% rebate on direct training cost.

Learn more about this scheme >

Frequently asked questions

Is financial aid available?

Yes. In select learning programs, you can apply for financial aid under the Get Qualified scheme. Students who attend any of the eligible study programmes can apply for the Get Qualified Scheme upon successful completion which will enable them to benefit from a tax credit of 70% of the costs incurred.

The Get Qualified scheme is only eligible for Accreditation courses. Certificate level courses are ineligible for funding.

For more information about Funding & Scheme options visit >

I'd love to enrol but my budget is limited. How can I go about this?

ACM offers students the chance to schedule 3 interest-free payments which gives them the freedom and flexibility to invest in their studies and still do the things they love.

EasyPay Scheme – Students may also opt for the EasyPay plan for longer instalment payments. For more info visit here

Funding – Students also have the chance to get 70% of their course fees back thanks to the Get Qualified Scheme.

In which countries will my certification be recognised?

MAD is a licensed Higher and Further Education Institute by the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (MFHEA). Our courses are all accredited by the NCFHE with relevant MQF Levels and ECTS Credits which allow our courses to be recognised in Malta and within the European Union.

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MAD Institute Malta

A vibrant centre for professional art and design in Malta. Led and inspired by industry professionals and experts.

The Malta Art and Design Institute (MAD) was set up in 2023 by AK Artistry p`ship (P COMM 339) to provide industry-level professional training and job opportunities for artists and creatives. MAD is an official accredited institute for Further & Higher Education by MFHEA (License 2023/008)

Our founding mission:

1. Our Philosophy: Principles Oriented

At MAD we aim to offer unparalleled student experiences across a broad spectrum of academic environments. Our mission is based on the integration of both technical and conceptual learning with the aim of delivering a holistic and competence-weighted learning experience for each and every student.

2. Our Method: Student-Centric and Competence-Based

We not only take personalized learning seriously; we approach it with a bias. It is therefore our core mission to provide a personal learning experience and approach to each and every student. Our competence-based educational approach prioritizes skill acquisition over other standardized methods. Most of our courses are based on a project-based approach, encouraging students to intuitively learn to apply theory and instructional information to practical and real-life-scenario projects both individually or in group dynamics.

“in academia there is no difference between academia and the real world; in the real world, there is.”

3. Led by Professional Artists and Designers

As one of our principal founding missions, we are still led by many of the industry leading artists and designers of the day elected by their peers in recognition of their work. In order to cultivate an educational environment which optimizes growth, diversity and professionalism, our academicians represent many different perspectives, with a shared commitment to art and a strong belief in the
contribution that artists make to the world.


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