• Art

  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    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 mediums and art history. 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.

    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).

    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 in 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:

    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. Students interested in transferring to a four-year university are urged to meet with their visual arts faculty advisor to develop a term-to-term education plan.

    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
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART205 History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance1 4
    Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
    Oral Communication2 3
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory1 4
    ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern1 4
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART225 Adobe Illustrator: Digital Art3 4
    ART234 Life Drawing I 4
    Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
    Science requirement2, 4 3-5
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART226 Adobe Photoshop: Digital Art3 4
    HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
    Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
    Science requirement2, 3 3-4
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART117 Basic Design III: Three- Dimensional1 4
    Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D 4
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
    or MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elem Functions

    1 Required art course.
    2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements.
    3 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 Adobe Illustrator: Digital Art (S)
    ART226 Photoshop: Digital Art (S)
    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 or ART228 as a required course for majors.
    *** ART232, 233: It is highly recommended that the entire drawing sequence be completed before transfer.

    Transfer Schools’ Web Links

    Oregon State University – OSU School of Arts
    Portland State University – PSU College of the Arts
    Southern Oregon University – SOU Department of Art and Art History
    University of Oregon – UO Department of Art
    Marylhurst University – Bachelor's Degrees Programs
    Pacific Northwest College of Art – PNCA Undergraduate Studies
    Oregon College of Arts and Crafts – OCAC College of Art and Craft