Purpose: The program of Fine Arts at Germanna Community College is designed to develop the basic knowledge and skills leading to a career in the arts, while also serving the needs of individuals seeking personal enrichment of creative abilities. Coursework includes a thorough exploration of two-dimensional concepts, mediums, tools and applications necessary to the creation of quality artwork. The study of historical and contemporary art issues and theory equips the student with the ability to communicate effectively in the language of art and to investigate meaningful concepts of self-expression. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have prepared an artist’s statement, resume and a portfolio of visuals beneficial for presentation to potential employers, bachelor programs, gallery representation or other professional art opportunities.
Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities include positions in museum or gallery settings, studio assistantship or other entry-level careers that require a creative mind. Other possible career paths that may require further education or experience include: Product designer (a wide spectrum from fabric patterns to jewelry making), fashion designer, art historian, interior decorator, set and prop designer, medical illustrator, arts writer or critic, book or publication illustrator, art therapist, museum administrator, furniture designer, photographer, videographer, art educator, or studio artist.
Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.
Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in studio art and art history, general education and electives. Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications required for future success in art-related occupations. The student is urged to consult with a faculty advisor in selecting electives. The final course, Portfolio and Resume Preparation (ART 287 ), requires students to develop and submit a portfolio of their artwork for approval by the instructor(s), and suitable for presentation.