The Visual Art Department offers a creative learning environment where students can explore and develop necessary skills and knowledge for acceptance to an advanced degree program or for employment in the arts. Faculty expertise is broad, offering a well-rounded art education in theory, practice and history. The faculty includes leading authorities in their fields, featured exhibitors and freelance professionals. Many have traveled extensively to make their curriculum come alive in the classroom.
To be successful in the field of art, a strong portfolio and analytical skills are needed. Citrus College’s art courses expose students to the historical, cultural and aesthetic functions of art and help develop portfolios for transfer, and preparation for employment as a graphic artist, advertising designer, studio artist, ceramic artist, photographer and art historian. Other employment opportunities include children’s book illustrator, image retoucher, studio assistant, desktop publishing artist, sales representative, interior designer, art instructor, comic strip artist, technical illustrator, gallery director, Web page designer and more.
Citrus Colleges Studio Arts program focuses on providing students a solid foundation in the various areas of studio arts:
Students gain a comprehensive technical, conceptual and creative visual understanding of artmaking with traditional as well as contemporary art practices, while employing critical thinking for creative strategies. Studio Arts curriculum offerings explore beginning to advanced courses, focused on transferring students to a four-year colleges and Universities, and for careers in the visual arts.
The Citrus College Photography Program is a digitally-based program designed to educate students in the technical, aesthetic, conceptual and ethical aspects of image production.
The primary goal of the program is to provide a safe and challenging environment for students to produce a professional image portfolio for the purpose of gaining employment within the industry and/or acceptance into an advanced photography degree program.
Completion of the program results in an associate in science degree or a certificate of achievement in photography. Curriculum offerings explore diverse photographic genres and include topics such as studio lighting, drone photography, image manipulation and the business of photography.
Students enrolled in the program have access to DSLR cameras, studio and location lighting equipment, Mac computers, the Adobe Creative Cloud and ink jet printers. For more information, contact Amanda Keller Konya
With the completion of the New Visual Arts building the Digital Media program continues to expand as it explores the prospect of new inter-disciplinary offerings designed to train the next generation of interactive media designers. Students will build a strong portfolio as they train in the technical skills needed to advance and succeed in the media market and career they wish to pursue.
The Digital Media program is a cross-discipline program that prepares students for transfer or employment in fields relative to Graphic Design, Animation, Typography, Digital Illustration, front end Web Design, Motion Graphics and more. A “Digital and Web” degree and “Digital and Web” certificate offered by the Digital Media program.
Art history is the study of visual images in combination with their cultural and historical contexts. Students will learn to analyze visual imagery, examining artworks from a variety of viewpoints, including investigating their aesthetic, historic and cultural functions. Thus, students will come to better understand the important place visual imagery plays in creating, maintaining and challenging cultural norms.
While starting in grade school students are taught how to read critically, they are not taught how to look critically. This seemingly instinctive behavior of looking is taken for granted and the immense effect visual images have on us goes unnoticed. Art history teaches students how to engage with visual imagery and to look critically, changing the way they interact with the visual stimuli inundating their daily lives and developing and enhancing their critical thinking skills. Art history courses prepare students not only for transfer into art and art history programs but also for a diverse range of majors and careers.
For any questions about AA-T in Art History or about the program more generally, please contact Catie Besancon
Citrus College’s Faculty, Mike Hillman and the Studio and Fine Arts students, are often commissioned to create artistic works to beautify area businesses or homes. They are created in the state of the art ceramics studio in the Visual Arts Building at Citrus College and installed throughout the campus and the city of Glendora and surrounding areas.