Visual Arts

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Welcome to the Visual Arts Department

The West Valley College Art Department offers a comprehensive curriculum of courses in a variety of topics and media including art history, ceramics, computer arts & animation, design, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

Art Department curriculum accommodates students with various goals and levels of experience. The faculty facilitate a supportive, creative learning environment where all students may explore their interests, whether transfer to four-year institutions and priority art schools, career options or self-exploration.

Our facilities include a bronze foundry, state-of-the art computer labs and lecture halls, ceramics, painting, and drawing studios.

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Art History

Many of our Art History classes are required courses for any degree in Fine or Applied Art and also meet GE requirements.

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Student color and design project


2-D, 3-D and Color

These courses offer an introduction to the principles, elements, and terminology of two-dimensional, three dimensional and color design. The classes are transferable and general prerequisites for many Fine Art and Design Degree programs.

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Ceramics and Sculpture

The sculpture facilities include a bronze casting foundry and shop, ceramics studio for wheel throwing and hand-building, and 3-d printing.

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Drawing and Painting

The Art Department at WVC offers coursework in Beginning Drawing, Expressive and Representational Drawing, Life Drawing, Watercolor and Oil/Acrylic Painting.

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Student computer animation project

Computer Art and Animation

We offer a three-course curriculum in 3-d modeling and animation using Maya software and and Introduction to Computer Arts (ARTS 55).

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Photography studio at West Valley College


The West Valley College Photography Department seeks to pursue excellence, connect community, and organize change in conjunction with the Cilker School of Art and Design. Highlighting activism and creating a positive impact through thoughtful work is important to the philosophy of the curriculum. The Photography Program engages in commercial and fine art photographic application and uses critique and discussion as a means of connecting technique to expression, and offers a well-rounded experience merging the history and contemporary state of photography. Opportunities for students include learning to effectively navigate the contemporary field of photography, creating a technical foundation and building upon students’ creative perspective that will benefit them as working professional photographers and transfer students.

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Last Updated 2/24/21