Interlochen Online to launch certificate programs for adults and teens

The three-course programs offer deeper artistic training in particular areas of study while providing a vehicle for students to showcase their accomplishments.

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Interlochen Online, Interlochen Center for the Arts’ online school, will launch six certificate programs for adults and teens this April. These credentialed certificate programs, taught by world-class Interlochen faculty, provide guided study paths for teen and adult learners to meaningfully develop their skills in a variety of arts disciplines.

“Interlochen Online has been working towards the creation of certificate programs since its inception, and we’re very proud to make them available to our students,” said Carin Nuernberg, Executive Director of Interlochen Online. “These programs are the first of their kind at Interlochen. They’re a wonderful way to share Interlochen’s exceptional artistic curriculum and acclaimed teaching artists with students around the world in an in-depth way while providing a vehicle for students to showcase their accomplishments.”

Each certificate program is composed of three four-week courses, providing deeper training in the student’s chosen artistic discipline or area of study. Students who enroll in a certificate program will receive a discounted rate by registering for all three courses as a package. Depending on the chosen program, courses may be taken sequentially, concurrently, or in a student-determined order. The six available programs are:

Creative Writing
Courses include Introduction to Creative Writing, Creative Writing Techniques: Nonfiction, and Creative Writing Techniques: Fabulist Fiction.

Music Theory Basics
Courses include Music Theory Basics 1, Music Theory Basics 2, and Music Theory Basics 3.

Musical Theatre Studies
Courses include Musical Theatre: Acting Techniques, Musical Theatre: Singing Techniques, and Musical Theatre: Movement Techniques.

Acting Techniques
Courses include Acting Techniques: Monologues, Acting Techniques: Scene Study, and Acting Techniques: Improvisation.

Oil Painting Studies
Courses include Introduction to Oil Painting, Still Life Oil Painting, and Landscape Oil Painting.

Piano & Keyboard Basics
Courses include Piano & Keyboard Basics 1, Piano & Keyboard Basics 2, and Piano & Keyboard Basics 3.

Upon completion of their program, participants will receive a physical certificate and a digital certificate that can be shared on social media. Certificates for students under 18 are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS); high school-age students will also receive an official transcript to share with their current school for consideration for high school credit.

“For adult learners, the certificate credential celebrates the skills they’ve developed: They can include it on their résumé, share it on their LinkedIn profile, or hang it in their home or office,” Nuernberg said. “For teens, it’s something substantial to include in their college applications, and something college and conservatory admission directors will view positively. The opportunity to earn high school credit is particularly valuable for students who are homeschooled or attend a school that does not have a robust arts curriculum. All students, regardless of age, benefit from the connection to an institution that is highly regarded for the quality of its arts programs.”

Students can enter the certificate program by enrolling in the program directly—available beginning in April—or by enrolling in courses on an a la carte basis and applying them to the program. Participants can get a jumpstart on their certificate program by taking a course during the upcoming session, which begins Feb. 26. Any course that is part of a certificate program taken prior to the April launch will apply towards completion of the program.

For the Feb. 26 session only, students can register for select courses at a discounted rate of just $249 each. Discounted courses include certificate program courses including Introduction to Creative Writing, Music Theory Basics 1, and Acting Techniques: Monologues, as well as popular non-certificate offerings such as Songwriting Basics, Guitar for Beginners, and Graphic Design Basics.

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