Since the school’s inception, our mission has been to create an institution in central New Jersey where students can obtain an art education comparable with that of the nation's top art schools and academies found in most major American cities. No longer do students have to travel to NYC, Philadelphia or out-of-state to obtain professional training in the arts. By remaining in New Jersey, tuition and travel costs are cut tremendously, offering artists more opportunity to spend time developing their art skills.
duCret’s objective from the very beginning, has remained constant in it's commitment to provide students with an intensive professional art education, from within a dynamic, yet personalized environment. The small studio classes at duCret allow for close interaction between students and practicing artists and designers who serve as faculty members and mentors. Though duCret can function as a stepping stone to a college degree, the professional art training program within the school is geared specifically toward enabling students to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs as well.
The Teacher / Mentors
A prerequisite for all of the faculty members at the duCret School of Art is that they must be actively working artists in their respective fields. Students are not only taught the fundamentals of their chosen mediums, they are also mentored by faculty members who have actually walked in their shoes and who are constantly endeavoring in the art field. This teacher / mentor style of instruction enables students to absorb in all aspects of the reality of a 'lifestyle of the working artist'. Mentor teachers are enabled to bring professional clients to the classrooms, to orchestrate field trips to the studios and businesses of other working artists, and they often invite students to participate in shows that they themselves are actively participating in. Many teachers belong to artists clubs and personal introductions can often open doors and offer networking connections to emerging student artists - right through their training years at the school.
Clients in The Classrooms
Through the alumni, faculty members and public relations department, students are regularly exposed to professionals and local companies in need of services such as; brochures, websites, posters, logos, banners, stained glass repair, and children's book illustration, etc. Students meet clients, and learn to work within budgets and schedules and in the end, they provide a service to the community while building their portfolios with actual job samples.
For over 85 years, duCret has provided a unique cross-disciplinary approach to teaching. By blending the visual arts together we are able to effectively train students to have a broad base of knowledge this has helped our students become artists who adapt and excel in the ever-evolving art world. Countless successful and prominent duCret alumni have 'given back' to the school in the form of financial assistance and specialized art demonstrations. Many have actually personally mentored or employed emerging duCret graduates at their now successful companies and galleries.