will offer four new associate of arts degrees in Visual Arts this fall—graphic design, studio art, photography and architecture.
“As opposed to a general associate of arts degree, these specialized (ones) will make it easier for visual arts students to select classes to best prepare portfolios and applications to four-year art schools and programs across the country,” said visual arts department co-chair Sarah Maki.
“And they are recognized by financial aid, so students may still receive funding for taking the additional art courses listed within each degree.”
Visual arts classes are held in recently renovated Meadowdale Hall, the college’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building.
The building has a large lecture hall for art appreciation and art history courses; studios for painting, design, sculpture, pottery, drawing and jewelry classes; both a wet lab and digital imaging lab for photography; and a new computer lab for visual communications classes.
The college’s instructors are experts in their fields and local artists who love to create and work together to give students a wide variety of opportunities in the visual arts, Maki says.
"Students are encouraged to take advantage of numerous opportunities to gain knowledge and information concerning art outside the classroom through field trips, visiting artists, open labs, and art clubs. Professional training is also provided through an annual student art show, Between the Lines, our award-winning art and literary publication, and portfolio development."
Graduates of the college who have focused on art have gone on to schools including the University of Washington, Western Washington University, Cornish College of the Arts, Evergreen State College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Registration is now open for the fall quarter at Edmonds Community College. Classes start Sept. 24 and the quarter ends Dec. 13. Call 425-640-1459, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.edcc.edu/getstarted.