Academics

Studio Art Concentration

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Career Opportunities

  • Illustrator
  • Art director
  • Fine artist
  • Portrait painter
  • Art teacher
  • Graphic designer

Bachelor of Science Degree, Visual Arts Major

See also Graphic Design

Art training for today’s market

Art is everywhere—not only in galleries and museums, but also in books and magazines, on billboards and postage stamps, and on Web pages and mobile devices. This immense art market provides countless opportunities for skilled artists and designers to paint, illustrate, and design for a living. PCC’s studio art program prepares students for today’s market by teaching traditional art principles that lead to technically sound, God-honoring artwork for both the commercial and fine art fields.

While most college art programs promote unrestrained freedom of expression, PCC’s program emphasizes traditional principles with high standards for draftsmanship and aesthetics. Beginning in freshman courses, students study traditional drawing, painting, and illustration methods passed down from masters of the past. As they develop technical art techniques, students become more capable of expressing their creativity clearly and skillfully.

After fundamental drawing, design, and painting courses, studio art students concentrate on advanced painting and illustration, working with traditional media such as watercolor, acrylic, oil, and mixed media. Training in digital painting and illustration using Wacom® digital graphics tablets provides experience for the increasingly digital trends in the studio art field.

Supplemental graphic design and advertising courses give students greater versatility when starting their careers. In fact, graduating with both art and design training is essential to the success of PCC’s art grads, who hold a variety of positions in both the art and design fields, have won national acclaim for their work, and have been featured in popular art publications.

Graduate Perspective

“PCC’s art program provides a strong foundation in the principles of representational art to build a career upon. I put PCC’s art program on par with most well known art schools in the country, but at a fraction of the cost.” Brian N. Professional
Portrait Painter (NC)

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