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Department of Visual Arts and Design

With three possible degrees and a variety of disciplines––as well as continuing education classes––everyone interested in studying the visual or performing arts can find the right program of study in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Picture yourself. Here. In the drawing studio.  

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 25
The Black Experience in Art
The Black Experience is often explored in various art forms. This lecture, presented by visual arts professor Michael Booker, gives insight into how contemporary artists have told the stories of the Black Experience and illuminated important issues in America and around the world through their art.
Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, CF219, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. [ PDF Flyer]

Tuesday, October 25
Open Studio Day
Visit the arts studios in the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center and participate in activities and contests! Try your hand at modeling with clay, making molds, or get your studio passport stamped in different studios throughout the building. It's an opportunity to learn more about the arts at Montgomery College.
Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, 2nd Floor, 12–3 p.m.

Thursday, October 27
Gallery Reception
Join us for the opening of "Landmarks" featuring artists from the Washington Sculptors Group in the King Street Gallery and "Processed Entropy: Isabel Gouveia" in the Open Gallery. 
Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, 6–8 p.m.

Thursday, October 27
The Blair Witch Project, Film Screening and Discussion with the Director
MC Alum Eduardo Sanchez will join us for a screening of his first feature film, The Blair Witch Project (1999). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director and reception. 
Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Lecture Hall CF101, 6:30–9 p.m. [ PDF Flyer]

Saturday, December 3
Spring Semester Internship Application Deadline
Montgomery College Arts Institute partners with BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, VisArts - Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in Silver Spring to provide internships to qualified MC students. To qualify as a candidate you must have at least a 3.2 GPA, completed 15 art related credits, and be currently enrolled at Montgomery College. Download the application form for more information about the internships and details about how to apply. [Application form DOC

Visual Arts Programs
If you want to pursue your art as part of a liberal arts education designed to transfer to both universities and art schools, then this is the program for you. As a student in Visual Arts, 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.   More info>>

School of Art + Design
Do you eat, breathe, and sleep art? The School of Art + Design (SA+D) is for you. This program provides first-year students with a cohort experience that mirrors the first year at an art school. In their second year students focus their studies on studio art or graphic design and prepare for transfer to premier art colleges. SA+D is for focused students who are interested in pursuing a career in visual arts.   More info>>

Performing Arts
Do you love to perform? Do you appreciate watching theater or listening to music? Get started here! The performing arts area includes the disciplines of dance, film, music, and theater. Students may select from diverse offerings in both practical and appreciation courses in these disciplines. Many courses fulfill the arts distribution requirement under the Montgomery College's general education program.    More info>>

Non-Credit Classes
Whether you are taking your first art class or continuing your art studies, there is a place for you here. You’ll discover classes in fine arts, performing arts, and graphic design for students interested in expanding their repertoire and building new skills.  More info>>  

Department Chair
Megan Van Wagoner

Mailing Address
Visual Arts and Design, Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Avenue, CF120, Takoma Park, MD  20912

Physical Locations
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone 240-567-5821
Fax 240-567-5820

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