• Art


  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    Nestled in the foothills of old growth forests with views of Mount Hood, the department of Visual Arts provides a broad foundation of study in multiple art disciplines: studio art, art history and new media. Encouraged to experiment and push beyond obvious solutions, students learn to think holistically and critically and to produce meaningful work by expressing their ideas in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. Our award-winning faculty maintain active professional careers and represent a richly diverse ecosystem of philosophies and practices. As dedicated mentors and advisers, they prepare students to expand their artistic horizons, be agile in a fast-moving world and pursue a wide-range of goals beyond the community college setting designed to inspire a lifelong passion in creative engagement.

    For students seeking an associate or transfer degree, visual art classes can be applied to fulfill the Humanities requirement (see one of the degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog). Also note that the digital art classes fulfill the general education Computer Literacy requirement.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Exhibit competence in visual language through the creative art practice
    • Apply rational and critical thinking skills when developing a project from concept to form
    • Identify the historical, multicultural and contemporary context they are working in
    • Articulate ideas expressed in artwork by integrating oral, written and visual communication skills

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a degree in fine arts at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART115 Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional1 4
    ART204 History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine1 4
    ART231 Drawing I1 4
    WR121 English Composition 4
    16
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory1 or ART117 Basic Design III: Three-Dimensional1 4
    ART205 History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance1 4
    Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    16
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern1 4
    Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
    Oral Communication2 3-4
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    14-16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART234 Life Drawing I 4
    Studio Course: Digital3 or 2-D 4
    Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D or Digital3 4
    Science requirement2, 4 3-5
    15-17
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART117 Basic Design III: Three-Dimensional1 or
    ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory1 4
    Studio Course: Digital3 or 3-D 4
    Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
    Science requirement2, 4 3-4
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    18-20
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D or Digital 4
    Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D or Digital 4
    HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elem Functions 4-5
    15-16

    1 Required art course.
    2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, page 18.
    3 Computer Literacy is a requirement in this Associate of Science degree. A digital art course from ART225, ART226 or ART229 fulfills your general education Computer Literacy requirement.
    4 BI121 would be beneficial to all art majors. CH104 would be beneficial to ceramics majors.

    2-D Studio Courses
    Course Title
    ART115 Basic Design I
    ART116 Basic Design II
    ART117* Basic Design III
    ART214 Digital Art: Page Layout
    ART219A Calligraphy
    ART219B Calligraphy
    ART219C Calligraphy
    ART225 Digital Art I
    ART226 Digital Art II
    ART229 Experimental Animation Video
    ART231* Drawing I
    ART232 Drawing II
    ART233*** Drawing III
    ART234* Life Drawing I
    ART235 Life Drawing II
    ART236 Life Drawing III
    ART240 Drawing: Cartooning I
    ART241 Drawing: Cartooning II
    ART271 Printmaking I
    ART272 Printmaking II
    ART273 Printmaking III
    ART281 Painting I
    ART282 Painting II
    ART283 Painting III
    ART294 Watercolor I
    ART296 Watercolor II
    ART297 Watercolor III
    3-D Studio Courses
    Course Title
    ART254 Ceramics I
    ART255 Ceramics II
    ART256 Ceramics III
    ART257 Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing I
    ART258 Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing II
    ART259 Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing III
    ART291 Sculpture I
    ART292 Sculpture II
    ART293 Sculpture III

    * Course is included as a requirement.
    ** Select from the following: ART214, ART225, ART226, ART227, ART228 or ART229 as a required course for majors. This will also fulfill your general education Computer Literacy requirement for an Associate of Science degree.
    *** ART232, 233: It is highly recommended that the entire drawing sequence be completed before transfer.

    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    School Link
    Oregon State University liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/
    Portland State University pdx.edu/the-arts/
    Southern Oregon University sou.edu/art/
    University of Oregon art.uoregon.edu/
    Pacific Northwest College of Art pnca.edu/programs/bfa/majors/.
    Oregon College of Arts and Crafts ocac.edu