Art & Visual Studies
Art & Visual Studies
Art is the study of the arrangement of forms that affect the senses, communicate political, social, cultural, religious, or emotional ideas that manifest in scenes and through objects produced throughout the world. This field includes the study and design of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. The art program is designed to maximize transferable course units and to provide basic skills required for employment in art-related fields.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Art/Visual Studies program will be able to:
- Critically analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art.
- Develop a foundation of art skills and a high level of craftsperson ship by utilizing a variety of tools and technologies associated with the visual arts.
- Use a diverse range of global events to express personal ideas and opinions through artwork.
- Identify the theoretical, cultural and historical contexts of art.
- Demonstrate appropriate skills needed to articulate their conscious artistic intentions, and express coherent aesthetics
Careers in this field
- According to the Department of Labor, many Artists are self-employed.
- Be prepared to relocate to the larger markets of metropolitan areas where more opportunities exist.
- Pair an art degree with other career interests to increase opportunities and provide supplemental income.
- Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas to increase marketability.
Careers Relating to Art & Visual Studies Majors
- Museums and Galleries
- Fine Arts and Crafts
- Commercial Art
- Art Therapy
- Art Sales
- Fashion/Textile/Interior design
Transfer Options in Art & Visual Studies
Common university majors in this field include:
- Apparel Design and Merchandising
- Art Education
- Art History
- Creative Arts / Studies
- Graphic Communications
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Arts
- Interior Design
- Studio Art
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.