The Art Department at TCC offers a wide variety of classes in traditional media, digital arts, and art history. Whether you are seeking a career in the arts, or would like to explore an interest at a beginning level, the Art Department provides a broad range of opportunities. We offer expert instruction in ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, and art history.
The Art Department at TCC can provide professional equipment and instructional space for students to achieve a wide range of creative goals. Our facilities for art students include a variety of expert equipment, including: printmaking presses, ceramic kilns, a darkroom, a digital media lab, a bronze foundry, and more. TCC Art faculty are experienced professional artists who are committed to helping you reach your individual academic, professional, and creative goals.
TCC Art Scene
There are many opportunities for student, faculty and community artists to display work campus. The Gallery at TCC has several shows a year, including a winter quarter Faculty Art Exhibit and a spring quarter Student Art Exhibit, and TCC Gig Harbor hosts art shows as well. Students are also welcome to enter The Gallery's juried and themed exhibits.
Student Art Exhibit
Each May, The Gallery hosts an exhibit featuring work from TCC sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, graphic design and other art classes.
Faculty Art Exhibit
Detail from "Nancy" by TCC art instructor Melinda Cox. The Gallery hosts an exhibit of work by TCC Art faculty every Winter Quarter.
Instructor Reid Ozaki teaches ceramic art.
Instructor Rick Mahaffey teaches ceramic art.
Art students can help with iron pours at sculpture instructor Kyle Dillehay's outdoor studio.
Art for Community Partners
TCC art students helped instructor Marit Berg create a mural for the Primo Grill, a local restaurant which has supported TCC art scholarships for more than a decade.
Obtain an Associate of Arts with a Visual Arts Specialization, take an art class for a Humanities distribution elective, or take a non-credit class for personal enrichment.
Associate of Art Degree with Visual Art Specialization
(32 additional credits)
Interested in completing a 4-year degree in visual art? Complete the Associate of Arts with a Visual Arts Specialization at TCC. You'll be on track to transfer and complete your Bachelor of Fine Arts at a four-year college.
This specialization prepares transfer students with the foundation art classes required at most four-year institutions and a strong art portfolio to apply for the art major at that institution.
Alternatively, an AA degree from TCC with a Specialization in art would support and enhance an application in an art-related field that does not require a BA. Some examples would be:
- General employment at a museum or commercial art gallery
- Working in a print-shop that produces signage for advertising
- Working in a screen-print company producing printed garments
- Working as a photography lab technician
- Working as an art studio technician
- Working as an assistant to an artist
The ART Specialization requires 32 credit hours including the following:
|Foundation Courses: 20 credits|
|ART& 100||Art Appreciation (Multicultural Course)||5|
|ART 102||Two-Dimensional Design||5|
|ART 103||Three-Dimensional Design||5|
|ART 105||Beginning Drawing||5|
|Media Courses: 10 credits, Select 2 classes from the following:|
|ART 106||Advanced Drawing||5|
|ART 161||Life Studies: Figure Drawing||5|
|ART 110||Beginning Graphic Design||5|
|ART 111||Intermediate Graphic Design||5|
|ART 131||Beginning Ceramics||5|
|ART 132||Intermediate Ceramics I||5|
|ART 146||Beginning Photography||5|
|ART 246||Intermediate Photography||5|
|ART 147||Introduction to Digital Photography||5|
|ART 247||Intermediate Digital Photography||5|
|ART 150||Beginning Printmaking||5|
|ART 151||Advanced Printmaking||5|
|ART 156||Beginning Painting||5|
|ART 157||Intermediate Painting||5|
|ART 172||Beginning Sculpture||5|
|ART 173||Intermediate Sculpture I||5|
|ART 297||Folio Preparation||2|
All classes are transferable to a WA DTA institution.
This does not alter the AA degree requirements in any way.
Take Art as a Humanities Elective
Explore your creative side -- take a visual arts class! It will count towards your Humanities distribution requirements. TCC offers art classes in:
- Art appreciation
- Art History
- Digital photography
- Film photography
- Graphic design
- Two-dimensional design
Engage in Community Art
Interested in learning artistic techniques without pursuing a degree? TCC's continuing education department offers affordable classes from skilled instructors. Grow your skills with no tests or grades!
Art Faculty Advisor Team
Our Art Faculty Advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals. We recommend that you reach out to us if a career in Art interests you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.
Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC. Make your first appointment today!
Explore art and culture in the Tacoma area
TCC offers many general scholarships through the TCC Foundation, as well as scholarships specifically for art students. There are also many other scholarships available to art students.
Find art programs at local colleges and other art resources.