"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
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design
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
A tool and woodshop
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 plus more than 200 art videos in the Media Services facility
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