Visual Arts

Your creativity is your life

Visual Arts

Your creativity is your life

Visual Arts

Your creativity is your life

Visual Arts is your passion and provides many opportunities for exploration and creativity. Take your dream of the visual world and make it your own. SVC’s Visual Arts program can help you make it a reality.

Program Options

Students from our program have gone on to careers in graphic design, illustration, animation, industrial design, teaching and art therapy and other careers where they use their passion and creative expression every day.   Our program focuses on skill development while teaching historical context and cultural relevance. In our program, you’ll have the opportunity to study the classical disciplines of drawing, painting, and ceramics in our studios — a spacious painting and drawing studio, a fully equipped ceramics studio, a photography lab, and other creative spaces. The Associate in Visual Arts degree (AVA) is a transfer degree specifically geared toward preparing students to transfer into an art major at a four-year institution. Admission to such programs is competitive and requires a portfolio review. Here at SVC, you’ll get a serious art education with lots of one-on-one attention and personalized mentoring. We’ll help you develop a portfolio that will demonstrate your skills and understanding, preparing you to compete for a spot in a four-year program.

Degree Paths

Visual Arts, AVA
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Program Courses

Courses List
ART 101 – Drawing Fundamentals

ART 101 – Drawing Fundamentals

(5)
Humanities
A foundation studio course in which beginning students develop observational skills to create expressive drawings using line, shape, value, space and texture. None

ART 102 – Drawing Composition and Techniques

ART 102 – Drawing Composition and Techniques

(5)
An intermediate studio course in which students develop drawing skills with an emphasis on composition and technique. Prerequisite: ART 101 or permission of the instructor

ART 107 – Life Drawing

ART 107 – Life Drawing

(4)
A studio course in which students are introduced to observing and drawing the human form. Using discussion and analysis students will be directed in both traditional and nontraditional use of the figure in drawing. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

ART 111 – Two Dimensional Color and Design

ART 111 – Two Dimensional Color and Design

(5)
Humanities
An introduction to the fundamental principles and elements of two dimensional design. This course will emphasize visual communication through studio work, discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

ART 112 – Three Dimensional Design

ART 112 – Three Dimensional Design

(5)
An intermediate studio course continuing the study of the fundamental elements of visual communication in three dimensional space. Emphasis will be placed on form, plane, shape, mass and texture through both additive and subtractive processes. None

ART 142 – Survey of Art History: Prehistory to 1300 AD: D

ART 142 – Survey of Art History: Prehistory to 1300 AD: D

(5)
Humanities
An introduction and exploration of the relationship between historic world events and the visual arts from the ancient period to 1300 CE. Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

ART 143 – Survey of Art History: 1300-1850: D

ART 143 – Survey of Art History: 1300-1850: D

(5)
Humanities
An introduction and exploration of the relationship between historic world events and the visual arts from the 1300 – 1850 CE. Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

ART 144 – Modern Art History: D

ART 144 – Modern Art History: D

(5)
Humanities
An introduction and exploration of the relationship between historic world events and the visual arts from 1850 to the present. Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

ART 150 – Health and Safety in the Visual Arts

ART 150 – Health and Safety in the Visual Arts

(1)
Humanities
This course is an overview of health and safety concerns in the visual arts pertaining to processes and materials used in studio courses. Information will cover hazardous materials, precautions, ventilation and disposal procedures. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

ART 160 – Portfolio

ART 160 – Portfolio

(1)
This studio course is required for the AVA degree but open to all students and professionals. Students will learn documentation and presentation of a professional portfolio. Prerequisite: Three studio courses plus 5 additional arts credits or permission of the instructor.

ART 161 – Exhibition

ART 161 – Exhibition

(1)
A seminar class required spring quarter of the second year of the AVA degree. Students will plan and install a graduating exhibition in the SVC Art Gallery. This course will cover professional practices in exhibition, planning, production, and publicity. Required for AVA degree. Prerequisite: Art 160 plus 25 credits in art

ART 181 – Photography I

ART 181 – Photography I

(4)
Humanities
A studio course introducing theory, practice, and history of photography as a medium of visual communication and creative expression. Field and laboratory work on guided self-directed projects in digital and black and white processing/printing. Students supply materials and digital camera. No text purchase. Fully manual film cameras are available in the lab. Lab fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

ART 182 – Photography II

ART 182 – Photography II

(1-4)
An intermediate or advanced studio course continuing the practice and refinement of vision and technique in digital and black and white photography with emphasis on content and meaning, visual structure, and presentation. Students supply materials and digital camera. No text purchase. Fully manual film cameras are available in the lab. May be retaken for up to 8 credits. Lab fee. Prerequisite: ART 180 or 181 Prerequisite: ART 180 or 181

ART 201 – Painting I

ART 201 – Painting I

(4)
Humanities
A studio course in either oil, watercolor or acrylic medium. More than one medium may be offered per quarter and will be outlined in the quarterly schedule. This course will cover preparation, techniques, composition and analysis. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score. For pending AVA majors, ART 101, 102 or 107, or instructor’s permission.

ART 202 – Painting II

ART 202 – Painting II

(4)
An intermediate or advanced studio course in either oil, watercolor or acrylic medium. This course will continue the study of formal composition and analysis with an emphasis on development of subject matter, themes and individual style. Course content will focus on research and independent projects. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Art 201 or permission of the instructor.

ART 241 – Ceramics I

ART 241 – Ceramics I

(1-4)
Humanities
An introductory studio course that focuses on fundamental hand building and glazing techniques. Emphasis will be placed on discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

ART 242 – Ceramics II

ART 242 – Ceramics II

(1-4)
An intermediate or advanced studio course which focuses on throwing and advanced hand-building techniques. Emphasis is on discussion and analysis. May be retaken for up to 8 credits. Prerequisite: Art 241 or permission of the instructor

ART 261 – Printmaking I

ART 261 – Printmaking I

(1-4)
An introductory studio course in which students learn basic printmaking processes including but not limited to relief, etching and/or monotype. Emphasis will be placed on discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: None (for pending AVA majors, ART 101 or 111 highly recommended)

ART 262 – Printmaking II

ART 262 – Printmaking II

(4)
An intermediate or advanced studio course focusing on continued development with printmaking processes and techniques. Course content will focus on research and independent projects. Prerequisite: Art 261 or permission of the instructor

ART 299 – Learning into Action

ART 299 – Learning into Action

(1-15)
Student develops and completes curriculum-related independent project which demonstrates skills and abilities and explores career options. May include, but is not limited to, service learning, original research, and travel abroad. Faculty sponsor approval required. Students with 45 transferable college credits are eligible to begin Learning into Action. None

ART& 100 – Art Appreciation: D

ART& 100 – Art Appreciation: D

(5)
Humanities
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of the visual arts as a form of communication that links culture and artistic development. Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a “C” or better (or placement into ENGL& 101).

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