Visual Arts Department

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Visual Arts Major

Graphic Design

Studio Art

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Studio Art Concentration

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 packages, and on webpages 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.

PCC's program emphasizes traditional principles with high standards for draftsmanship and aesthetics. Students begin by developing essential drawing and painting skills and later move on to study advanced drawing, painting, and illustration methods passed down from masters of the past. Training in traditional media such as watercolor, acrylic, oil, and mixed media is combined with training in digital painting and illustration using Wacom digital graphics tablets in order to provide a well-balanced experience for the increasingly diverse studio art field. Creativity is developed alongside technique in order to prepare students to express ideas clearly and skillfully.

Supplemental graphic design courses give students greater versatility when starting their careers. Graduating with both art and design training has proven 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.

The program includes internships in the field and courses to develop digital portfolios and self-promotional materials for potential employers. With the senior portfolio exhibit, students complete the program and showcase their best work.

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. (’94 grad)
   Professional Portrait Painter (NC)

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