The Art program provides quality education in an atmosphere that encourages the full realization of each individual's artistic potential. Studio and Art History classes play a vital role in a general liberal arts education as well as train students to become working artists.
Art courses are offered at each of PCC's three comprehensive campuses: Cascade, Rock Creek and Sylvania. Students exercise a wide range of technical, aesthetic, communication and problem-solving skills applicable to many career opportunities. Most art classes fulfill 3 credit lower division transfer status to other schools and programs. Many of our students transfer to Portland State University, Lewis and Clark, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Pasadena Arts Center and the San Francisco Art Institute among others. Many PCC alumni have pursued careers related to the visual arts; many former students have had exhibitions of their work, received awards and are represented by galleries. Check with an academic advisor regarding what classes fulfill your degree requirements specifically.
Although PCC does not offer a degree in art, art courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Art courses may transfer as:
- elective credits
- program requirement credits
- and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution
Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.
Most people know that community college costs are low and that classes are offered at convenient times and locations, but many aren't aware of the high quality of our instructors, facilities, and student support services.
The PCC Art faculty are a committed group of educators, working artists and art historians, active in personal, professional and community development. More biographical information on individual faculty is available in Faculty Profiles.
One way PCC gages student success is in progress reports from students who have gone on to other institutions of higher learning. Statistics show that PCC students who transfer to schools in the Oregon University System perform as well as or better than students who started there as freshmen.
In studio classes, class size is limited to 24 students; in art history, average enrollment in lower division classes is about 35 students — comparable classes at other institutions can number into the hundreds.