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School of Art + Design Credit Program
School of Art + Design Noncredit/Continuing Education Program


The School of Art + Design at Montgomery College (SA+D) is ideal if you are looking for an
intensive art school experience that prepares you to transfer to a top four-year art school.

Students who choose SA+D are interested in ultimately pursuing a career as a fine or applied artist. Our students thrive in SA+D's studio-intensive environment surrounded by art majors intent on transferring to top art schools to complete their BFA studies with a scholarship. Our students refer to each other as their "art family", and the relationships you will develop at the School of Art + Design will be supportive, stimulating, and last a lifetime!

The "art school experience" at the School of Art + Design is similar to that of a four-year art college. Prospective students submit a portfolio of art work and continue to build and strengthen their portfolio throughout their enrollment. SA+D's degree program offers an associate of fine arts (AFA)—a foundation curriculum parallel to the first two years of a bachelor in fine arts (BFA). The first year studies include core studio courses. In the second year, students select their major: graphic design or studio arts. Your total course-work at the School of Art + Design will include 2/3 studio courses and 1/3 general education courses.

Students graduating from the School of Art + Design continue their study in many areas including fine art, graphic design, animation, video game design, museum work, art education, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. Our SA+D faculty and staff assist with the preparation of transfer applications and portfolios through our innovative Core Academic Review Experience, in which each SA+D student is assigned a faculty mentor to work with them throughout the program. SA+D regularly hosts visiting representatives from four-year colleges to discuss transfer opportunities along with professionals from industry to review our student portfolios.

Student success is at the very core of what we do, and therefore our primary concern is to help you reach your highest potential as an artist!


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The School of Art + Design offers dynamic student-focused noncredit classes for aspiring and professional artists at all levels in an art school setting.

There is a pre-college program for high school students and adults who wish to develop a portfolio for college admissions or for professional growth. Adult classes in fine arts range from very beginning levels to drawing and painting classes at the advanced levels. Digital design and multi media classes for adults are for artists and photographers to expand their artistic skills while other adults are enhancing their digital design skills for job change or promotion. For adults there are classes during the day, evenings and weekends throughout the year.

Whether you are taking your first art class or continuing your art studies, there is a place for you at the School of Art + Design. It is an environment where degree and nondegree students learn and create art, share ideas about their work, and support fellow students who are on a creative path.

We welcome you to participate in this unique learning community right here at Montgomery College.

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