Areas of Study
The Visual Arts Center offers you a broad range of Foundation Programs in Studio Art and Art History.
EXPLORE individual directions in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and applied visual design.
DEVELOP a strong portfolio of your work to further your goals in the visual arts.
TRANSFER credits in general education, humanities, social sciences, and math/science.
We support your dreams and aspirations with our excellent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, strong advising services, and a broad and extensive curriculum in Visual Art and Design.
We integrate our expertise with the desire to make your time in the Visual Arts Center a dynamic and meaningful experience.
Drawing is the most basic skill needed to succeed in all the visual art disciplines. Whether you go into fine art, graphic design, or web design, there is no tool or technique that can replace the knowledge and ability to see and interpret the visual world than is acquired by learning to draw well. In the drawing series you will begin to explore a variety of approaches to the two dimensional surface and become familiar with the language and concepts of drawing and the tools of the trade: charcoal, pencil, ink line and ink wash. Contour, gesture, value studies, perspective, proportion, and composition are addressed through interpretations of the still life, landscapes, interiors, and the figure. Students completing the series can feel confident in increased visual skills as they proceed to the fine or applied arts. The drawing course series can also be counted part of the foundation requirements of the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art which is an excellent preparation for transfer to a BFA program in art at a four year college.
The painting series allows students to experience acrylic, watercolor, and oil media, with an emphasis on developing drawing skills and practical application of design principals. All painting courses incorporate an intensive examination and use of color theory and pigments and students can take this understanding into all other fields of visual art and design. While the beginning course emphasizes the development of basic painting skills and perspectives, students who advance in the series build upon these skills and focus on individual creativity in their work. These courses also provide the aspiring fine art painter with a departure point for developing a body of work in the painting media and to move into the fine art market or to further their skills in a college or university BFA program. Painting courses can be taken to satisfy the 2D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree.
Printmaking encompasses an immense range of cultural expression, historical application, evolving technologies and current application. The printmaking courses at Shoreline offer a survey of the major printmaking techniques including etching, woodcut, silkscreen, and monotype. The focus is on idea development, improving design and drawing skills, and understanding the techniques and materials utilized in fine art printmaking. Students completing these courses have the basic skills and understandings to continue their artistic development so that they can begin move their work into the fine art market. Printmaking courses also count in the 2D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree and can be part of a pathway to a BFA at a four year art college.
Clay, glaze and fire are the mediums of ceramics, one of the world's oldest art forms, which continues to have a vital and expressive place in contemporary art. Students in the beginning ceramics course develop basic skills in handbuilding, throwing forms on the wheel, glazing and are introduced to different firing strategies, including raku and high-fire reduction. The integration of basic skills with principles of design and creative processes is emphasized in all courses. Students who advance in the series build upon these skills, are introduced to glaze mixing and firing procedures, and focus on developing individual creativity in their work. Students who complete the series will have the skills and understanding to pursue their own artistic development. Ceramics courses may also be taken to fulfill the 3D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and may be part of a pathway to a BFA degree at a four year college.
Sculpture classes at Shoreline introduce students to three-dimensional sculpture: what is it, how do we make it and what do we have to say about it? Through lectures, demonstrations, exercises, projects and critiques, students develop a vocabulary of various materials, tools, techniques and visual concepts. Students explore the process of transitioning from an idea, to a two-dimensional sketch, to a three-dimensional object. With a variety of classes offered at different levels in different media (like wood, glass or plaster) students learn a variety of technique (hand building, construction, carving and mold making) they build on from class to class. As the student advances, they further develop necessary skills and techniques to help execute their concepts. Three-dimensional design and sculpture courses can be taken as foundation and concentration curriculum in the Associate of Fine Arts degee in Studio Art and may be part of a pathway to a BFA degree at a four year college.
Control of the photographic image for creative use is at the core of the program. Students begin with learning basic camera operation to control light, depth, and motion for visual expression. As students progress, composition and creativity in the medium will be emphasized while technical skills in both the digital lab and traditional darkroom will be established. Courses in studio lighting, documentary photography, and advanced techniques will foster portfolio development for personal growth, entry-level photographic work and/or transfer to four-year BFA programs. Students interested in a serious study of the photographic medium and the possibility of transferring into a BFA program should consider the Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
Art History is the study of art and visual culture as instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression. Students of Art, Graphic Design, Photography or future Art Historians understand that this discipline is vital to their academic growth and art education. Shoreline Community College provides classes in the Art History of the Ancient, Renaissance and Modern periods in western culture. In addition, there are also offerings in Asian and Japanese art history. For distance learning students, all of these courses are available online during the academic year. Art History courses also form an important part of the Associate of Fine Arts degree and can be part of a transfer curriculum for a BFA program at a four year college.
A portfolio is the key to entering the art market, whether it is to enter a college program, presenting work to a gallery, interviewing for an art related job, or selling your work. The portfolio class guides AFA-Studio Art and AFA-Photography graduates through the process of developing a portfolio, including: selecting and editing images, developing a power point presentation, writing an artist’s statement and resume, and researching career goals. This process will allow the graduates to tailor their portfolios to any application.
You’ll begin with foundation courses in drawing, design and typography. As you move along the program, you will study design theory and fill your portfolio with industry-standard design work. Of course, you will be trained in modern software applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. Combining your technical knowledge and creative process development are necessary skills for any modern designer. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions such as graphic designer, assistant designer, production artist and computer artist.
Do you want to create creative projects that interact with people? This program begins with foundation courses in design and computer applications. Add digital work in imaging, video, sound design, and information design. Go a little further into web design and multimedia system design. Interactive authoring will embellish your education. Graduates are ready for entry-level positions like interactive designer, graphic artist, digital media producer, or project coordinator.
This program incorporates foundation courses such as design, and computer applications that provide an integrated learning structure that prepares you to go to the more advanced levels of web design and web development. Additional experiences in digital imaging and illustration, sound design, and information design enhance your resume and portfolio. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for entry-level positions in web design, interactive media design, graphic design, digital media producer.
As part of the specialty in Animation, you will start with developing your drawing and rendering skills by storyboarding conceptual work and then developing it in 2-D and 3-D. Add digital imaging and vector based programs, and you will achieve the foundation skills and knowledge necessary to enter the field of animation. Graduates go on to advanced study in specialty schools and interactive animation programs, or achieve entry-level employment in the animation field.
This program has a core concentration in photography and filmmaking and how it relates to digital imaging. You will start with basic composition and move towards digital integration by using digital cameras, digital video and production editing techniques. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions such as photographers, videographers, assistant producers, and post production editors.
Illustration starts with drawing and conceptual design courses. Add a computer, digital camera, and industry software, and you will be introduced to the world of illustration including bitmap, vector, 2D and 3D illustration. Your specialty in illustration allows you to communicate creatively through imagery and apply those skills in the workplace. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions such as illustrator, graphic designer, assistant designer, production artist and computer artist.
Everyone is doing it, why not you? You have the design skills, and you like to challenge yourself and have fun. Learn the basic skills, concepts and processes for success in the gaming network. Graduates are prepared to work in entry level positions in Game Art, Landscape Art, 2D and 3D Animation and Multimedia Design.
Digital Imaging and production are here. On-demand printing is here. What does it all mean? Traditional skills in printing and production are necessary for all designers, but what about the output? Learn how it all comes together in print and why it is so important in this society where images and the written word still reign. Graduates go straight into entry-level positions in retouching and color correcting, offset production, digital imaging output, prepress and basic design.
Task master, budget fanatic and cheerleader. We all have grand ideas, but how to get them to production? Learn the basic fundamentals of project design, management and bringing a project to the client. All courses combine a function of teamwork and collaboration in project completion. Graduates are well prepared to work in a team environment.
So you have the skills necessary to make it in the art world, now what? Learn the basic business and marketing skills necessary to make it in an ever-changing market. This option is ideal for students seeking a business option to offset their design-oriented mind. This program is ideal for those students opting to be their own boss in a heavily competitive field of design.