About Visual Arts Programs
As a student in the Visual Arts program, you will benefit from intensive and innovative studio art practice, and an outstanding education in the liberal arts and humanities—the basis for creative thought that fuels artistic expression. Visual Arts students are given flexibility to take a wide variety of classes in their art major, as well as many courses in the liberal arts. This interdisciplinary approach gives you more options when transferring to four-year schools as well as greater room for personalization within your studio courses, enabling you to focus on a specific medium in your second year, if you so choose. When you are ready to transfer, faculty work closely with you to select the school that is best for you, and to prepare your portfolio and application materials. Students in Visual Arts transfer to art schools and art programs at four-year colleges and universities with great success.
Our degree programs prepare you to pursue many paths after completing your studies—students become practicing artists, gallery owners, graphic designers, museum preparators, and exhibit and set designers, to name just a few of the fields our graduates have entered.
An Experienced and Dedicated Art Faculty
The hallmark of the Visual Arts program is close interaction between students, faculty, and staff—a special relationship that often continues years after students transfer and begin their careers. Visual Arts faculty enjoy teaching in a vibrant international community where 10 countries might be represented in a single class.
An experienced core of full-time art faculty are joined by adjunct faculty, all practicing artists in their fields. The diverse background and artistic expertise of the entire faculty provides students with many sources of inspiration to draw from in developing their own personal aesthetic.
A Long-Standing History of Excellence
Since its founding in 1962, the Visual Arts program has flourished in the nurturing environment of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. In fall 2007, the department moved into the newly renovated Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, a state-of-the art, award-winning facility, adjacent to Jesup Blair Park.