Frequently Asked Questions
I like art, but not sure I want to major in it. Does an art major just take art classes?
The Visual Arts Department at MC TP/SS believes that our art majors benefit from a broad liberal arts education that allows them to take a full range of general education classes in English, Math, Social Sciences, and Science as well as art classes. Our curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of introductory art classes in drawing, design, and art history the first year, followed by advanced course work in upper level art classes of the student’s choice during the second year.
I plan to transfer to a University after leaving MC, will I be able to transfer if I am an art major?
Yes, our curriculum is designed to align with other universities and colleges. Because of our strong Gen Ed component, the transition Is usually a smooth one, made easier if you receive your AA before you transfer.
What happens if I decide I really want to go to art school, not a University?
Every art school has slightly different requirements, but many of our students have successfully transferred to MICA, RISD, the San Francisco Arts Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, Chicago Arts Institute, Otis Art Institute, RIT, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, etc.
For art majors, what purpose is served by taking these general education classes?
All art has content. There is much more to making a piece of art than having good technique and craftsmanship. We believe that classes in music, literature, science, math, sociology, and history enrich a student’s life, informing the art that they make as they draw from the experiences that a liberal arts education provides.
Can you be more specific?
A nursing student made beautiful aquatint etchings with amoeba like shapes that emerged from her scientific knowledge. Another student used old family photographs to make prints that explored the links between ancestors and the present generation. A student with interest in film made a video of experimental images he had drawn and painted, and created a DVD. One’s life experiences have a profound effect on the art that one makes. A liberal arts college education can be the beginning of connecting experience to your images and making art that reflects your life.
But do art majors get jobs?
Yes, they do, in a variety of art related occupations. Our art majors have become practicing artists, museum docents and exhibition designers. They teach at all levels, college, K thru 12, private and public. They are practicing photographers, movie makers, carpenters, lighting designers, museum curators, artists’ assistants, web designers, and exhibition designers. Some are community activists, owners of crafts stores, professional framers, arts organizers, camp directors, and graphic designers.
I love art, but I really want to be a nurse. Do I have to be an art major to take art classes?
Our department is committed to bringing art into the lives of as many students as possible. We are delighted to have nurses, engineers, and English majors in our classes, because the life experiences of people from different backgrounds broadens the experience of the entire class. We believe that the diversity of our population strengthens the educational experience one can have. For example, an assignment to draw your dreams can produce a variety of images -- a student from Ghana produced a pastoral landscape with a small hut, a student from Guatemala drew a colorful table covered with food and bright dishes. A football fan drew a football splitting the uprights. Another student drew his dog curled up on an oval rug, and another drew a tree full of blossoms on a grassy lawn. When we see the dreams of other students, we can understand them more and reflect on our dreams with added insight. Artists get ideas from what they see and experience. The MC experience is unique in that it draws from so many countries and cultural experiences.