Fine Arts

Full-Time (2 years)

Campus: Santo Domingo


First Year

First Trimester Credits
Integrated Seminar  I 3
Integrated Study I 2
Digital Image I 2
Figure Drawing I 2
Analytical Drawing  2
Art Seminar I 2
Space and Materials 2
Total 15
Second Trimester Credits
Integrated Seminar II 3
Integrated Study II 2
Figure Drawing II 2
Digital Image II 2
Figure Drawing II 2
Analytical Drawing II 2
Art Seminar II 2
Sculpture I2
Total 17

Second Year

Third Trimester Credits
Dominican Art History 3
Collage and Mixed Media  3
Contemporary Drawing I 3
Pictorial Media I 3
Sculpture 2 2
Semiotics 4
Total 18

Fourth Trimester Credits
Visualities and Contemporary Thought I 3
Art Studio I 3
Contemporary Drawing  II 3
Pictorial Media  II 3
Three-Dimensional Media: Metal, Wood, Fabric and Ceramic.  2
Photography and Printing II
Video and Animation 4
Total 18
FIFTH TrimesterCredits
Visualities and Contemporary Thought II2
Art Studio II2
Contemporary Drawing II2
Pictorial Media II2
Three-Dimensional Media: Objects and Installation2
Photography and Printing II2

Course Descriptions

Figure Drawing
How the human figure relates to its surroundings, and the different types of representations through forms of expression in drawing. Development of a visual language and its application to background, composition, and the figure as the main element. Understanding representation and the technical processes for establishing a visual communication by means of forms in their surroundings.

Drawing and Composition
The relationship between basic representation and visual-perception skills through drawing. Dealing with space and how space is represented through basic techniques and drawing skills, allowing students to develop projects whose aim will be to translate and express their ideas in a visual form.

Concepts of Drawing
Drawing techniques based on the principles of isometric and analytic drawing. The aim is to work from nature to strengthen and clarify form. Students have the opportunity of acquiring skills that will improve their abilities and technical knowledge, enabling them to use drawing as a means of representation and a visual language. 

2D/3D Design
This course is structured to give students firm knowledge of the elements and principles of design and their application in two and three dimensions. This is complemented by analysis and conceptualization of the composition as a first step, and color theory as the next, through practical application. Two- and three-dimensional design projects are developed using methods and materials first in black and white and later applying color theory. In the 3D component, different materials will be introduced, allowing students to discover the characteristics, properties, use and application of each depending on the project, as well as becoming familiarized with the general process involved in drawing and presentations.

Art Seminar
Art as a way to understand the relationship between design and its environment, and how humanity’s representations have built our society’s communication structures. Establishing a visual line of art and history through images representing the various artistic expressions over time.

Integrated Seminar/ Studio
Students explore a range of visual and analytic skills while working on collaborative and multidisciplinary projects. How do we make sense of our ideas, the information we gather, our hunches and theories? And what can this investigation tell us about why we make certain decisions as creative thinkers? Students work independently and in teams to learn about the research and construction of prototypes, and to understand the creative process. Classes incorporate knowledge gained in other first-year courses, and several times during the semester two classes will share concepts and assignments on various projects. 

Digital Image
How are meaning and communication constructed through visual images? In this course, students use traditional drawing and methods of digital-image projection to explore the conceptual, aesthetic, and formal qualities that inform the way ideas and impressions are expressed in two dimensions. Students explore visual organization, figurative and abstract forms, and engagement through drawing from observation, photography, creation of digital images, and integration of a variety of mediums of communication. The tools and methods students can acquire in this course provide an introductory platform they can utilize in the higher-level courses in their chosen discipline. Sections of this class may explore the following topics in relation to the construction of identity, form, function, and meaning: language, objects, places, and people.

Mediums of Representation
Conceptualization and definition of the mediums for establishing a communication between artist and viewers in a process of visual communication. Understanding the sources, processes, and techniques artists use to communicate their own ideas. The processes of artistic creation will provide students the opportunity to establish a means of self-criticism based on their knowledge and experiences, and historical, cultural, and social factors in art through the years.

Development of a visual language with the consolidation of concepts obtained during the first year, as related to space, representation, figure, and form. Synthesis and transformation of ideas, applying the techniques of visual perception and expressive mediums, with the aim of communicating ideas, feelings, and concepts. Establishment of a relationship between methods and materials to achieve a visual language that is personal and able to convey the artist’s ideas.

Sculpture is a pillar of fine arts, and students will be introduced to the art of molding clay, stone, wood, or other materials with the aim of expression through the creation of volumes and formation of spaces using the art form’s various techniques. In the course of their development, they will be taught the importance of sculpture in human history, as a didactic or pedagogic method, a means of explaining various events and contacts.

Understanding the elements and factors that affect communication processes, enabling the creation of images that describe specific actions, facts, or concepts. The conception of images with the simple and unique objective of strengthening communication processes in traditional communication mediums, using digital or manual tools. Creating images as a form of solving communication problems.

Contemporary Art
The traditional fundamentals of art are connected to new technologies, mediums, and focuses related to industry to generate new trends, which suggest bases for creating new projects. 

The selected courses have as their aim to complement and consolidate the focuses of the area of fine arts and at the same time to offer new theoretical and practical tools that students may find useful in their professional development.

Career Opportunities

Arts Administration
Art Direction
Art History & Criticism
Art Therapy
Cartoons & Storyboards

Curatorial Studies and Practice
Exhibition Design
Fabric & Two-Dimensional Design
Fine Arts
Gallery Management
Independent Artist

Museum Management
Set & Stage Design
Tile & Wallpaper Design
Typography Design

Student Work


Admission to CHAVÓN requires high school graduation with a satisfactory grade-point average, the presentation of a portfolio,*  and an interview. For detailed information about admissions procedures, click here.

*Applicants to the program in Fashion Marketing and Communications are not required to present a portfolio but must complete the CHAVÓN Challenge.

Information for International Students

International students are welcomed to the CHAVÓN community and significantly add to its rich, artistically and intellectually diverse dialogue and culture. If you live outside the Dominican Republic, we encourage you to apply or to contact us, as we will always be available to assist you in the application process and to answer questions regarding such things as dormitories or other living accommodations, travel arrangements, visas, or any other questions you may have.