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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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.
Preparation For Success
Art students begin with foundation courses in design, drawing, and art appreciation. Students expecting to work toward a BFA or BA with emphasis in art should work closely with their advisor and give careful attention to the requirements of the selected baccalaureate institution and should be working on a quality portfolio to present for evaluation after transferring. Studies in computer graphics will contribute to the success of a professional career in art and design.
Post-secondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a living in the arts without it. Many colleges and universities offer programs leading to the bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts. Formal educational programs in art also provide training in computer techniques. Computers are used widely in the visual arts, and knowledge and training in computer graphics and other visual display software are critical elements of many jobs in these fields.
The Art Department is part of the Performing and Visual Arts Division. This Division provides a safe and inclusive learning environment, working to support the creative potential of all WWCC students. The Art Department collaborates with the Drama, Dance, and Music Departments to provide a variety of venues to feature student work. These include displays in the WWCC Fine Arts Gallery, as well as creating original art for display alongside music, dance, and drama productions on the WWCC campus.
The Art Department also supports students' efforts to fulfill degree requirements by offering a wide array of courses appealing to multiple levels of interest, skill, and experience. Course offerings provide the basis for transfer, occupations, and life-long learning.