Imagine, Visualize, Design, Express & Grow

Study Art

Degree Options

"The creative industries are recognized as a growing sector in the national economy, employing around 30 percent of the working population."1 The job market for artists and related workers is expected to increase by 13 percent by 2020. The Art & Design program at Kishwaukee College is preparing students to meet this demand in a world increasingly driven by visual media.

Our lives and experiences are impacted by design and visual culture. Whether one pursues a career in the commercial arts or the fine arts, society will always have a need and a demand for those with the training, skills, and creativity that an art education can provide.

Art has the capacity to enrich each person by providing an outlet for expression that can be pursued and expanded throughout a lifetime. Whether making a model out of clay, designing a website, carving plaster, or making a series of sketches, the study and creation of art has many benefits. Art enhances one’s spatial skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and aids in visual thinking.

At Kishwaukee College, you will be able to feed your creative mind, master new techniques and tools, hone your craftsmanship, and develop confidence to imagine, visualize, and communicate.

Art & Design Program

In the Art and Design Program, you may:

  • Pursue an Associate in Arts or Associate in Fine Arts Degree (with emphasis in Art Education or Fine Arts)
  • Create a portfolio to apply for job/gallery representation
  • Build your portfolio to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Earn credit towards a transferable elective
  • Study art for personal enjoyment and growth

Areas of Interest

  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design 
  • Drawing 
  • Painting
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Printmaking 
  • Ceramics 
  • Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design 
  • Photography
  • Computer Art 
  • Digital Imaging 
  • Digital Illustration 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Video Art 
  • Introduction to Visual Arts
  • Art History and more . . .

Facilities and Resources

  • 2D studio for drawing, printmaking, figure drawing, painting and 2D Design classes
  • 3D studio for metalsmithing, jewelry and ceramics
  • Photography lab and darkroom for black & white photo processing
  • Mac computer lab equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, film and sound editing software, Wacom digital drawing tablets, scanners, and photo quality printers that supports graphic design, digital fabrication, digital illustration, digital imaging and photography
  • Art gallery exhibiting work by professional artists and juried and theme-based student art exhibitions
  • Secure storage for student materials and work
  • Glass enclosed display cases for exhibiting both two and three dimensional student projects
  • Library of over 1600 art books and 20 art and design periodicals 

Art & Design Program Opportunities

The Art Department provides many opportunities to gain professional experience and enrichment in the arts, such as:

  • Visiting artists and workshops
  • Exhibition of student and professional artists at the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery
  • Publication in the award-winning annual Kamelian Art and Literary Journal
  • Field trips to art expos, fairs, and regional art museums
  • Student clubs in the arts
  • Art scholarships

Occupational Information

  • Advertising Director
  • Animator
  • Appliqué Artist
  • App Developer Artist
  • Artist Assistant
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Artist in Residence
  • Audio/Visual Designer
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Critic/Art Writer
  • Designer
  • Editorial Art Director
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Artist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Arts Technician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Master Printer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Metalsmith Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Muralist
  • Museum Curator
  • Painter
  • Scenic Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Teacher
  • Toy Designer
  • Typographer
  • Video Artist
  • Video Game Artist
  • Website Designer

For more information regarding career information, visit the Visual Arts Career Guide.