The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art offers a diverse range of educational opportunities meant to foster a greater fluency in classical building and design. There is no typical ICAA student – professionals, beginners, and enthusiasts often enroll in courses alongside one another, offering students an opportunity not only to learn from instructors, but also their classmates. Amongst our current students are architects, interior designers, painters, sculptors, college students, and history buffs.
Continuing education courses offer an opportunity to explore specific areas of interest, be it hands-on architectural rendering in wash or basic architectural literacy. Courses are taught by reputable architects, historians, and designers whose work in the field brings to life the theories underlying classical construction. AIA credits are available for most CE courses, as well as a professional certificate granted by the ICAA upon completion of the requisite number of course hours.
The Beaux-ArtsAtelier is the ICAA’s full-time program in classical architecture. Each year, a select group of students hailing from a variety of backgrounds embark upon a yearlong immersion in the study of architectural design following in the method of the École des Beaux-Arts. Students receive in-depth instruction in an atelier setting while also pursuing coursework in observational drawing, architectural drafting, the classical orders, geometry and proportion, the history and theory of classical architecture, and modeling and sculpting. The year concludes with a term spent studying abroad in Rome, where students work in the streets of the world’s great classical city, sketching and rendering en plein air. Financial assistance and internship placement are available to those who qualify.
Painters and Sculptors find pertinent curriculum in our offerings. We also encourage fine artists to visit our sister program The Grand Central Academy of Art, located in the same building in New York.