Lasting up to four years, the full-time core studies are composed of three consecutive segments. The first year is a drawing program. The second year is a painting program. Then there is a third and fourth year resident studies program. The first year or the first and second years are offered as potential standalone programs. Admission into each subsequent segment will be based on the achievements of the previous year.
Artists study and practice drawing, painting, and sculpture from life. To ensure a deep understanding of classical form, design, practice, and discipline, artists work in a structured, organized studio with the hands on guidance of the studio's principle artists.
To be considered eligible, artists must show, through an online application and interviews: a serious work ethic, a sincere desire to learn, and a commitment to make fine art their career.
Applicants 18 years and older are invited to apply. Also, GCA is approved to accept non-immigrant international students in our full time core program. See the Apply section for details on the student visa application process.
Studio sessions take place Monday through Friday, from 8:30am - 12:30pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Core students have after hours studio access as well as discounts for evening and weekend classes.
Fees are $11,500 for the Drawing Year. Merit-based studio prizes towards the next year's fees are awarded annually.