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The Fundamentals of Art program has now ended and Art Instruction Schools will be closing June 30th, 2019. We will be servicing transcript requests until June 19th. After that date, the state you live in or the State of Minnesota will be servicing all transcript requests. For information on how to obtain a transcript after June 19th, 2019 through the State of Minnesota, please visit this website.

Thank you for allowing us to help you realize your artistic aspirations for the past 102 years!

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Learning Process

Our unique teaching methods have been honed throughout our 100-year history to allow you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, in the privacy of your own home, while still receiving personal attention from our professional instructors.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You receive lesson books and supplies for each section through the mail.
  2. You complete the lessons, activities and assignments at home at your own pace.
  3. You send completed assignments to your instructors through the mail.
  4. Your instructor grades your assignments using an overlay so your original artwork is never altered. This is returned to you along with detailed comments to help you improve.

Our instructors are professional artists with art degrees and a wide range of experience and specialties. They are always just a phone call away if you need help during your assignments.

Grade Policy

Art Instruction Schools uses the standard letter grade. The grade ranges are as follows:

Grades Equivalent Quality Points
A Excellent 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Below Average 1.0
F Failing 0.0
NGR No Grade
INC Incomplete

A (+) symbol following any letter means the grade is raised towards the next higher grade. A (–) symbol following any letter means the grade has been lowered towards the next lower grade.

Art Instruction Schools is an equal opportunity employer. The school’s hiring practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (between 40 and 70), marital status, veteran’s status or handicap related in nature and extent to the ability to perform job duties. This policy of nondiscrimination extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and to all personnel actions.

Although a grade of D is considered to be the minimum satisfactory grade on an examination, a student must maintain a C or 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better in order to qualify for graduation. The School normally does not assign an F grade to a student on the first attempt at an examination. The student is given an opportunity to resubmit the examination. Resubmitted examinations are graded the same as examinations initially submitted and the student’s grade is not impacted.

You are an Artist!

Join the rank of artists that have begun their journey with Art Instruction Schools. Whether you want to improve your art as a hobby or beyond, there is no more flexible or affordable option than Art Instruction Schools. There's no limit to you how you can use your education.