By Design the Artist Entrepreneur Program enables emerging artists to self identify, to create signature collections and to formulate a marketing plan suitable to their lifestyle and choice of mediums.

By Design the Artist Entrepreneur Program enables emerging artists to self identify, to create signature collections and to formulate a marketing plan suitable to their lifestyle and choice of mediums.



A four year college plan is not always an appropriate 'next step' for those who possess a strong propensity for an art-based career.  Those possessed of artistic gifting often need a more focused training program, where their advanced capabilities can be recognized, harnessed, focused, manifested and even challenged. The instructors at duCret are 'actively working' art professionals; adept and proven in their fields of expertise. Professional Artist to Emerging Artist Mentoring provided by duCret, may be just the ticket for artistically talented, graduated high school teens who can't envision themselves in another four year educative environment (such as college), studying subject matter not directly related to their heart's desires. The duCret School of Art can also be a second chance avenue for floundering college drop-outs and their overwhelmed parents. In our live studio classrooms, rebounding students immediately find an environment accepting of their 'out-of-box thoughts' about life, and quickly rebuild self-esteem issues marred by 'initial wrong starts' in life.  The school provides a F/T and P/T Certificate Program or a Class-at-a-Time Continuing Education Program available for re-bounding college drop outs or adults desiring to change careers at mid-life. 


Those gifted in the arts can indeed secure successful careers in the world. The progression from one's esoteric dream to a steady working and living reality is not as difficult as it may seem. The duCret School of Art specializes in training and launching artists into the visual arts and entertainment industries.  Our Artist Entrepreneur Program is a three year [F/T] or six to eight year [P/T]  Post-secondary career-focused, studio-based intensive. The program is designed to help emerging artists to 1) develop and master foundation skills in the visual arts field, 2) harness and focus their talents into commercially viable product lines and 3) create effective branding and marketing plans that will help to ensure financial sustainability in chosen mediums.

What Happens After Graduation?

Although personal business viability and sustainability is up to each graduating artist to uphold, all are welcome to continue to use the campus facilities and may partake in future community shows and events via The duCret Art Center. As graduates, students will have already successfully participated as featured artists in a minimum of six exhibits (a requirement for graduation), and thus, each has been naturally, well integrated into the center's abundant activity programs and shows. This provides a seamless continuance of the stable supportive environment that the student experienced while in class. Graduates are invited to continue using the facilities where they have created long term bonds with their teacher/mentors. duCret alumni continue partake in the center's events, decades after graduation.



The Foundation Year is required for a student to enter advanced study in one of the three major programs offered by duCret. It consists of an in-depth exploration of the visual arts mediums, techniques, ideas and vocabulary used by art industry pros. Although the work in each chosen major involves specialized courses, the same basic principles of art apply throughout. The Foundation Year provides these basic principles, giving a solid background in art fundamentals and techniques upon which a career as a professional artist is based. The conceptual and visual skills that are developed in the Foundation Year prepare students for advanced study in their chosen major.



In Year Two, students advance to an intermediate level of fine art skills, while focus is placed on creating a unique identity in one's chosen mediums. Emphasis is placed on exploring one's place in the world, so as to determine a 'signature style', to identify world purpose and create a cohesive brand style. This is parlayed into the production of a series, brand or collection. Development of product lines from thumbnail concepts to completed works ready for marketing is the main focus. Students are required to produce finished pieces, with a strong emphasis on 'quality design, polished works and professionally finished products in all 3D specialty areas. Portfolio development begins at this level.



In Year Three, students learn all aspects of the business end of the art field, including: collection(s) completion, copyrights & legal terminology, product pricing, packaging, logo creation, and marketing of final product via web development, business cards and social media. Portfolio completion of all collections created is required. Throughout all three years, students must participate in a total of six (6) live shows; that culminate in a live final presentation that is made before the faculty and student body. Students must demonstrate an ability to clearly and verbally define their mission, world purpose and express an explicit business plan for the pursuance of their career goals after graduation.


Individuals seeking to study at duCret have the option to apply for a Part Time [CERTIFICATE] Program. This program takes approximately six (6) to eight (8) years to complete and is similar in structure to the Full Time Program. This educative plan is excellent for those who are working part time, or need a longer span of time for study, due to their current lifestyles. Part Time students are also eligible to qualify for financial aid.

Visit AND TOUR duCret

When investigating an alternative continuing educative option such as duCret, campus tours and art career consultations are free and take about 45 minutes. A visit to duCret enables a teen and parent to view duCret students being taught in a 'live studio environment', if scheduled during the school year. As a non-profit, our tuition fees have remained remarkably low, with only a few tuition raises allotted in the past 38 years! There are no pressured sales efforts to 'recruit' your child. You and your teen will walk away with a clear understanding of the school's programs, tuition plans and currently offered opportunities. In fact, we almost insist that you walk away and 'think about it' all for awhile before making any concrete decision regarding enrollment! This enables touring young visitors and parents the time to reflect on the information given, so that individuals can follow their unique 'heart impulses' regarding life decisions. Individuals will 'instinctively' know if the duCret environment is right for them. There are two (2) seasonal options to register for our 15 week Semester Classes: at the Fall Semester (starting in September) and the Spring Semester (starting in January). Workshops for adults (16 yrs+ with parental permission) are offered year-round.  Click here to schedule a tour / visit or call 908.757.7171, Mon - Fri, between 9 am and 4 pm.

How Does One Apply to duCRET?

FULL TIME (certificate)

The application process for any of our certificate programs is extremely easy and uncomplicated! In fact, the only program that requires a formal interview with the school's Directors, is the Full Time Certificate Program (10 classes per week). This is required to establish that an applying individual will be capable of managing a full time schedule (consisting of 3 hour classes), in a financially stable and feasible way, with homework and exhibit projects due seasonally. The Artist Entrepreneur Program is not an easy ride. Students will work very hard to accomplish their personal goals and create their signature-driven art collections. The live studio teaching environment gives students the 'exact feel' of what it is like to endeavor daily; to think up, sketch out, create, produce and polish works that will ultimately become 'products' sufficient to produce ultimate income.

To apply to duCret: simply submit the application form along with a $25.00 application fee to the school. Those applying to the school on a full time basis will be contacted within two weeks of submission of application and an interview will be scheduled with a Director. At that time, individuals will be required to bring 3 - 8 pieces of completed artwork for review. For high school graduates, acceptance to the full time program is based on 1) a joint discussion with parents, 2) the individuals needs and artistic goals, and 3) financial ability to manage tuition costs and talent level. High grade point averages are not necessarily required, (GED's are accepted) but an internal passion for creating art IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!

PART TIME (Certificate)

The application process for the Part Time Certificate Program (5 classes per week) is similar. To apply to duCret: simply submit the application form along with a nominal $25.00 application fee to the school. However, acceptance to this program is less stringent as other life factors of an individual's lifestyle are considered. Many students work part time and attend duCret part time. Some students attend local colleges, but take semester art classes here, that are not offered at their colleges. Some individuals may need career guidance regarding which classes to start with and others may simply desire to take specific classes to enhance already acquired training.  Each part time student's life situation is different, therefore a secondary interview with an applicant may or may not be required.

CLASS-AT-A-TIME (NON-Certificate)

There is no application submission or fee required to enroll for the Class-at-a-Time Program. Any adult individual can register online or by phone via our admissions office for either a semester class (15 weeks) or a seasonal workshop.