• Visual Arts Classes and Areas of Emphasis

  • The Visual Arts program prepares students for a variety of careers by developing creative problem-solving techniques, effective communication skills, positive group involvement and innovative approaches to technology. Students learn these skills through lectures and studio work, in a variety of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital mediums.

    The department offers courses year-round in Art History, Design, Digital Art, Drawing, Life Drawing, Cartooning, Ceramics, Jewelry making/Metalsmithing, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture and Watercolor for majors and non-majors. The Associate of Science degree, enables art majors to work toward an AS degree with the flexibility of including more art courses in their academic plan. The goal is to provide students with a strong foundation in design and drawing while encouraging exploration in a range of 2D, 3D and digital courses. Emphasis is placed on students developing a portfolio for transfer to four-year colleges and art schools.

    Studio classes have a limit of 16-22 students to facilitate the one-on-one instruction and attention necessary in a studio environment. Studio classes are portfolio driven to ensure quality outcomes in both academic and innovative methods. Continued courses for online delivery in Distance Learning formats include Survey of Visual Arts and the History of Art.

    All art classes are held in the Visual Arts mall, an idyllic cluster of loft-style studio classrooms situated in a serene wooded area on the eastside of campus. Eight buildings make up the mall: The Visual Arts Gallery (which includes a Mac Lab classroom), the ceramics studio and adjoining kiln yard, the drawing studio, design studio, jewelry studio, painting studio, printmaking studio, and sculpture studio with adjoining foundry yard.