The Art Department inspires students to unlock their creative potential. The department offers a wide variety of classes designed to introduce non-artists to lifelong learning opportunities and modes of expression, and help serious artists develop their hands-on as well as critical thinking skills. The program is designed to prepare students to enter a four-year degree program.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog)


Career Opportunities

    Artists often find careers in architecture, art education, art therapy, industrial design, fashion design, theatre design, graphic design, illustration, museum studies, photography, game art design, advertising and web design. Many create original artwork in a variety of media and techniques and sell their work.


Lisa Rasmussen

Phone: (509) 527-1873

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362

Chad Miltenberger

Phone: (509) 758-1711

Clarkston Campus 1470 Bridge Street Clarkston, WA 99403


As part of the Performing, Visual and Communication Arts Division, the Art Department shares the mission of the other performing and communication arts: to inspire students to discover their potential and to achieve their goals in speech communications, fine arts, drama, and music by providing a wide variety of guided presentation and performance opportunities, a nurturing and challenging atmosphere, and challenging standards of instruction aimed especially for small groups and individuals.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze culturally diverse works in the visual arts.
  • Apply terminology commonly used in the visual arts.
  • Produce works that demonstrate the appropriate level of creativity, discipline and techniques in the visual arts.