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Connect your imagination to a world of human experience.

More than pretty pictures, the study of art allows you to create individual responses to a variety of issues. You deepen your understanding of human perspective... your own and others. Learn about civilization and creative expression across cultures.

The Art Department at TCC offers a wide variety of classes and opportunities to explore the world of art. Whether you are aiming for a career or pursuing a passion, TCC offers a broad range expert instruction in ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing, print making, two-dimensional design and three-dimensional design and other areas.

We'll equip you with tools that can support dozens of career options, including: architecture, art in a wide range of media, design in all fields, and many others.

For information, contact Marit Berg, Art Department Chair.

 

THE ART PROGRAM

The Art program offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college art program (college-level courses designed for transfer to a bachelor degree program) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level Art courses. Most courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

 

ART Faculty

TCC Art faculty are exceptional.  They are highly educated professional artists who wish to share their skill and passion for art with you, so that you may create and follow your own professional pathway in Art.

Art Faculty Directory

Faculty Members:

 

Course Offering

Humanities Offerings for Summer 2016
Humanities Offerings for Fall 2016

The Art Program offers courses under two prefixes, ART& and ART, and provides:

  • An introduction to understanding and appreciating the visual arts (fine arts, crafts, architecture, and new media) from a global perspective
  • A study of the organization of visual elements as applied in a variety of two-dimensional design media
  • Training in the basic elements and principles of design how to apply them to three-dimensional space
  • Foundation in drawing from observation with emphasis on composition, new media, and visual communication concepts
  • Exploration of art materials and techniques suitable for classroom use; includes planning and assessment components directed at art education
  • An introductory survey of Western art's foundation and early development to the present
  • Exploration of color theory for advanced studies in two-dimensional media.
  • Portfolio for application to a transfer institution

mahaffey at ceramic wheel

The Art Program includes a comprehensive performance skill program and offers introductory to intermediate and advance level performance skill training in:

  • Representational painting, compositional aesthetics, and painting techniques
  • Drawing from the posed model, clothed and nude
  • Visual structure concepts using two-dimensional design
  • Creating ceramic forms using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques
  • Traditional and contemporary print processes including relief, etching, and lithographic methods
  • Black and white and in digital photography
  • Sculpture design, materials, techniques, tools and approaches
  • Sculpture, including modeling, mold-making and casting; carving of stone, wood and plaster, fabrication techniques of wood and metal; and metal casting with iron, bronze and aluminum

Catalog Course Descriptions

 

DEGREE OPTIONS

TCC offers two degree opportunities related to art.  The Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences is a transferable degree that enables you to continue your studies and complete a bachelor’s degree at a transfer institution.  The Associates in General Studies is NOT a transferable degree; this degree is for individuals who seek a career in art that does not require a bachelor or higher level degree.

 

DEGREE PLANNING AND ADVISING

Please seek advice from a professional in this career field.  Our faculty are available to meet with you for general and detailed advising and career counseling.  Reach out to us the moment you sense a career in art may be of interest to you.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will meet with you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!

 

CONTACT AND ADVISOR INFORMATION

 

Plan Your Study at TCC

Plan your educational career with the help of our Art faculty advisors. The following present general enrollment recommendations for each of the degrees listed above.

PLAN OF STUDY: Associate in Arts and Sciences degree (Option A) with a Specialization in Art

The following suggested program represents Option A of the Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences as described in the TCC Catalog. While this program offers the prospective pre-art major only a minimal selection of art courses, it does conform to the requirements of the transfer agreement between most Washington State senior institutions and the community colleges. (See Option B if you are certain of your transfer destination). The specific art courses listed are basic requirements in all art programs.

Students who wish to transfer to University of Puget Sound (UPS) must plan carefully in order to ensure maximum transferable credits and fulfillment of UPS core requirements. Contact the TCC transfer advisor or the UPS admissions counselor if necessary for more information.

Two year recommended plan of study for the Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences (transferable) - (Suggested program for maximum art content)

OPTION ACreditsOffered

1st YEAR

ART 102 TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN5F, W, SP, S
ART 103 THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN5F, W
ART 105 BEGINNING DRAWING5F, W, SP, S
ENGL& 101*5F, W, SP, S
ENGL& 102* or 1035F, W, SP, S
Quantitative Skills Course5F, W, SP, S
Humanities**5F, W, SP, S
Social Science**5F, W, SP, S
Natural Science**5F, W, SP, S
Physical Education3F, W, SP, S
TOTAL48 

2nd YEAR

ART 201***5F
ART 202***5W
ART 203***5SP
Humanities**5F, W, SP, S
Social Science**10F, W, SP, S
Natural Science**10F, W, SP, S
Elective2 
TOTAL42 
  • Bold type indicates required courses.
  • A course requiring a prequisite(s).
  • ** These courses should be chosen from the approved lists of the TCC catalog to meet general distribution requirements.
  • ***Students should utilize their elective options to develop their art studio skills and art history background according to their goals. See an art advisor for help with a personalized program.
  • In transferring to other universities, additional Humanities classes may be required after transfer.

PLAN OF STUDY: Associate in Arts and Sciences degree (Option B) with a Specialization in Art

As described in the TCC catalog, Option B may be more appropriate for the student who intends to major in art, since it is an agreement between the student and the transfer institution (university, four-year college or art school) to complete lower division requirements at TCC before transferring. To discuss this option, see an art advisor: Rick Mahaffey (253.566.5260) Bldg. F1, Marit Berg (253.566.5031) Bldg F1., or Kyle Dillehay (253.566.5256) Bldg F1.

PLAN OF STUDY: Associate in General Studies (not considered a transfer degree)

The Associate Degree in General Studies offers the student who is interested in a concentrated art program a broader selection and greater depth of study in art than is possible within the requirements of the Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences. (See AGS degree requirements in the TCC Catalog)

This is not a transferable degree. This option provides an excellent opportunity to prepare for further studies in art fields such as craft design, illustration, fine arts, theater design, visual communication arts, etc.  Consult with the advisors (Rick Mahaffey 253.566.5260 Bldg. F1, Marit Berg 253.566.5031 Bldg. F1, or Kyle Dillehay 253.566.5256 Bldg. F1) for additional help.

 

ART COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Course PrefixCourse NumberTitleCatalog Description

Prerequisite(s)

(min. grade of C or better or equivalent)

Credits
ART&100ART APPRECIATIONAn introduction to understanding and appreciating the visual arts (fine arts, crafts, architecture, and new media) from a global perspective. Designed for non-art majors. A variety of learning approaches include lectures, slides, videos, guest artists, field trips, demonstrations, and hands-on participation. Humanities   Multi Cultural-5
ART102TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGNThe organization of visual elements (line, shape, texture, color) as applied in a variety of two-dimensional design media. Recommend prior to Graphic Design, Photography, and Painting classes. Humanities  P/S   -5
ART103THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGNUsing a series of progressive projects, involving wood, wire, and paper, students will learn the basic elements and principles of design and apply them to three-dimensional space. Organization of visual design elements will be applied to a variety of construction processes to create aesthetically pleasing sculptural designs. Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART105BEGINNING DRAWINGFoundation in drawing from observation. Emphasis on composition, perspective, and form through various drawing techniques and media. Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART106ADVANCED DRAWINGFurther development of drawing skills with emphasis on composition, new media, and visual communication concepts. Humanities  Performance SkillART 1055
ART110BEGINNING GRAPHIC DESIGNAn introduction to a visual structure concept using two-dimensional design. The beginning course will cover composition, color theory, typography and layout. Computer technology will be used to explore the use of these design elements as required for specific projects with traditional methods to communicate the practical design form. Humanities  Performance SkillART 102 and ART 103 and ART 1055
ART111INTERMEDIATE GRAPHIC DESIGNAn intermediate course furthering understanding of visual structure using concepts of two-dimensional design. This course will cover intermediate concepts in composition, color theory, typography and layout. Computer technology will be used to create design elements as required for specific projects with traditional methods to communicate the design form. Humanities  Performance SkillART 1105
ART131BEGINNING CERAMICSIntroduction to creating ceramic forms using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Student will learn the basic forming methods employed in making ceramic forms, and basic glazing and decorating techniques will be covered. Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART132INTERMEDIATE CERAMICS IAn intermediate course creating ceramic forms using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Student will learn the intermediate forming methods employed in making ceramic forms, glazing and decorating techniques will be covered.  Performance SkillART 1315
ART133INTERMEDIATE CERAMICS IIFurther development of ceramic techniques: hand-built and/or wheel-thrown forming techniques, more advanced glazing and decorative techniques. Theory and practice in kiln loading and firing will be covered as part of ART-133.  Performance SkillART 132 and ART 102 or ART 103 or ART 1055
ART146BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHYBasic black & white photography. Includes 35mm camera operation, film developing, and printing. Attention to the creative process from the conception of the idea to the completion of the image, as well as the aesthetics of composition, lighting, and presentation. Assigned projects provide ample range for personal expression while being devoted to exploring photographic processes. A 35mmSLR type film camera is required and students will be required to purchase black and white film, photographic printing paper, along with additional supplies.    Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART147INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHYThis course is designed to introduce students to the use of digital cameras, and the use of computers to create prints of images from their cameras. Students learn to use digital tools and techniques to create and manipulate visual images. Students need a digital camera, or film camera (35mm or medium format) capable of being operated in a manual exposure mode. Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART150BEGINNING PRINTMAKINGStudies in traditional and contemporary print processes including relief, etching, and lithographic methods. Historical and contemporary print developments serve as background material for technical application. Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART151ADVANCED PRINTMAKINGExpanding basic procedures learned in ART-150 with emphasis on new media, materials, and technique. A continuing study of historical and cultural roles of printmaking with attention to individual artistic contributions.ART 1505
ART156BEGINNING PAINTINGIntroductory course exploring the principles of representational painting, compositional aesthetics, and painting techniques. Lectures include introductions to new projects with examples of student work and art historical references. Demonstrations cover composition, perspective, color theory, and technique. Humanities  Performance Skill-5
ART157INTERMEDIATE PAINTINGFurther investigation of painting techniques, color theory, composition, and representational painting from observation from Art 156, Beginning Painting. Content will be explored through a series of assignments which expand on art vocabulary/terminology, visual content, and symbolism.ART 1565
ART158ADVANCED PAINTINGFurther investigation of painting techniques, color, composition, and representation painting covered in Art 156/157, Beginning and Intermediate Painting. In addition, abstraction will be explored through mixed media. Content will be explored through a series of assignments which expand on visual concepts, media exploration, and self-expression.ART 1575
ART161LIFE STUDIES: FIGURE DRAWINGDrawing from the posed model, clothed and nude. Emphasis is on expressive composition, accurate proportion/foreshortening, and investigation of a variety of drawing media.-3
ART172BEGINNING SCULPTUREA diversity of materials and creative processes will be explored to develop an expressive sculptural form, such as: assemblage, modeling, carving, and casting. Emphasis will focus on creativity, developing technical skills and conceptual themes. Assigned projects will enable students to develop expressive sculptural techniques and to learn the use of materials and tools in the making of sculpture. Humanities    Performance SkillART 102 and ART 103 and ART 1055
ART173INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE IA diversity of materials and technical processes to develop the sculptural form, such as: assemblage, modeling, carving, casting, and fabrication, will be examined. Emphasis will focus on developing conceptual themes. Assigned projects will enable students to develop fabrication techniques and to learn the use of materials in the making of sculpture. Further experience in sculpture design, materials, techniques, tools and approaches.ART 1725
ART174INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE IIFurther experience in sculpture design, materials, techniques, tools and approaches.  Performance SkillART 1735
ART180ART FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERSThe course is designed for prospective K-6 educators as a lecture/workshop structured to provide students an opportunity to explore materials and techniques suitable for classroom use. Imaginative art experiences and the nature of creativity are stressed and linked to other disciplines. Includes planning and assessment components directed at art education. Humanities-5
ART199GALLERY VIEWING LABRecommended as a concurrent enrollment with any art class, or HUM&-101, 116, 117, 118. ART-199 supplements these mentioned courses and is designed as a "viewing lab" where students can develop their visual vocabulary, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and apply the concepts taught in Art and Humanities classes. Students will visit local galleries and museums, attend or view lectures, and write a series of short reports. May be taken a total of three times. Graded S/U. Note: This class is a self-paced field experience course. Two meetings with instructor are required: Meeting #1 in the first two weeks of the quarter; Meeting #2 at mid-quarter. These meetings are part of the final grade. Call 253.460.4306 with any questions. Humanities-2
ART201HISTORY OF WESTERN ART: ANCIENTAn introductory survey of Western art's foundation and early development. Art and architecture are covered from Prehistoric times through the ancient Middle East, Egyptian, Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine periods. Emphasis is given to historical and cultural contexts. HumanitiesENGL/ 0955
ART202HISTORY OF WESTERN ART: MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCEAn introductory survey of Western art from approximately 400-1600 AD. From the Late Antique world's legacy, painting, sculpture, architecture, and crafts are covered from Germanic and Celtic tribes through the Carolingians and Medieval Romanesque and Gothic periods, on to Italian and Northern Renaissance art, and ending with the Mannerists. HumanitiesENGL/ 0955
ART203HISTORY OF WESTERN ART: BAROQUE THROUGH MODERNAn overview of the influences on, and development of, Western art, architecture, and craft from 1600 AD to the present. Follows Baroque and Rococo through the French Revolution to the emergence of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Twentieth-century and later art is studied in the context of global diversity. HumanitiesENGL/ 0955
ART210COLOR AND DESIGNExploration of color theory for advanced studies in two-dimensional media. Emphasis will be on analysis in regard to color perception, color relationships, and the use of color in historical art works.ART 1025
ART217JEWELRY: CONSTRUCTIONBezel setting: setting a round-cut stone within an enclosed metal mounting.-2
ART217JEWELRY: CASTINGFree-form mountings (other than bezel and prong settings) of stones, pearls, etc. in cast jewelry forms.-2
ART231LOW-FIRE CERAMICSStudents will explore the possibilities available in low-fire ceramics. Traditional forms such as Majolica and burnished earthenware will be used as well as nontraditional styles. The ART 230 series is taught as a series of ceramic design courses offering experience in both hand-building and throwing on the wheel in a sequence of increasing involvement and difficulty. Art 231, 232, and 233 are not sequential and may be taken in any order. Performance SkillART 133 and either ART 102 or ART 103 or ART 105  or Instructor Permission5
ART232SURFACE EMBELLISHMENT AND FORM ALTERATIONCourse work will concentrate on the alteration of forms and the various techniques for surface textures. The student should be competent in the ability to make basic shapes to use on the techniques assigned. The ART-230 series is taught as a series of ceramic design courses offering experience in both hand-building and throwing on the wheel in a sequence of increasing involvement and difficulty. Art 231, 232, and 233 are not sequential and may be taken in any order.  Performance Skill S   ART 133 and either ART 102 or ART 103 or ART 105  or Instructor Permission5
ART233CERAMICS MASTER STUDYIn this course, each student will research an artist or a type or style of ceramics, and from that research attempt to make replicas of that work. After the initial series of works, the student will use the research work to create a new direction using the masterwork as a starting point. Art 231, 232, and 233 are not sequential and may be taken in any order. Performance Skill S   ART 133 and either ART 102 or ART 103 or ART 105  or Instructor Permission5
ART246INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHYSecond quarter of black & white photography with emphasis on seeing, composition, presentation and advanced techniques. Refinements of camera and metering operation, development and printing techniques, darkroom manipulation, toning, coloring and alternative processes. Students must have an adjustable 35mm SLR camera and must provide film, printing paper and other supplies.ART 146 or instructor permission5
ART247INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHYThis course will provide students with intermediate instruction in the use of digital and/or film cameras, and the use of computers to create prints of captured images from their images. Students learn to use digital tools and techniques to create and manipulate visual images. Students need a digital camera or film camera (35mm or medium format) capable of being operated in a manual exposure mode. Performance SkillART 1475
ART272SCULPTURE: MODELING, MOLDMAKING AND CASTINGBasic experience in direct modeling, assemblage and found objects and mold construction of these objects. Various traditional and non-traditional casting mediums will be explored. Developing conceptual themes for art, as well as learning technical skills and processes, will be emphasized.ART 1745
ART273SCULPTURE: CARVING OF STONE, WOOD, AND PLASTERIntroduction to power tools, hand tools, techniques, and materials used in the carving of wood, stone, plaster and cement to create sculptural forms. Design and craftsmanship will be emphasized.ART 1745
ART274SCULPTURE: FABRICATION TECHNIQUES OF WOOD AND METALIntroduction to building abstract sculptural forms through the use of a variety of materials, techniques and fabrication processes. Joinery, assemblage, welding and other processes where materials are joined will be covered. Emphasis will focus on technical skills and developing conceptual themes for your projects.ART 1745
ART275SCULPTURE: METAL CASTING: IRON, BRONZE, AND ALUMINIUMEmphasis on pattern fabrication, wax manipulation, model and mold making, and foundry procedures for casting metals through piece-molds and the lost-wax method. Projects will help develop expressive conceptual themes while examining certain technical foundry processes.ART 1745
ART296SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ARTThis course involves special group efforts which grow out of departmental need or artistic opportunity. The course will be offered as each art project is identified. The number of participants would be limited by the nature of the project, and involvement would be subject to the applicant's background coursework and the instructor's approval. Performance SkillInstructor permission2
ART297FOLIO PREPARATIONStudents will prepare a portfolio for application to a transfer institution. Students will be advised regarding their selections of samples, revisions and skill areas that need further attention. Students will learn to photograph samples, mat and frame appropriate pieces, develop directed projects to improve the overall quality and finalize a professional portfolio.Students must claim their intent to major in art and must have completed two of the three following courses: ART 102 and/or ART 103 and/or ART 105 and Instructor Permission1
ART299SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ART

These courses are an extension of existing course sequences and are subject to the same fees as the individual courses within the sequence chosen. All 299 classes require permission of the instructor. 299A Ceramics; 299B Design; 299C Drawing; 299D Figure Drawing; 299E Painting; 299F Photography; 299G Printmaking; 299H Sculpture; 299I Watercolor; 299J Digital Photography; 299K Graphic Design.

Prerequisite to registration for any 299 class is the satisfactory completion of the entire course sequence offered by the department in that particular medium. Example: 299C, Advanced Problems in Drawing, has a prerequisite of ART-105 and 106.

Instructor Permission1-5

 

BACHELOR DEGREE OPTIONS (selection)

At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In art this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available:           

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington Tacoma

Western Washington University

 

CAREERS IN ART           

More than pretty pictures, the study of art allows you to create individual responses to a variety of issues. You deepen your understanding of human perspective...your own and others; you learn about civilization and creative expression across cultures.  Professional career paths in art are multifaceted and plentiful.  Here are just a few:

Artist, Multimedia Artist and Animator, Art Director, Art, Drama and Music Teacher, Photographer, Set and Exhibit Designer, Interior Designer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Design, Commercial and Industrial Designer, and many others. 

Research additional jobs and careers for this area of study here: Jobs and Careers

 

Community Engagement in Art

Tacoma Community College and the Art Program are well connected with our community; become connected with us!

The Gallery - Tacoma Community College: TCC's beautiful art gallery houses pieces from students, faculty, local and international artists in rotating exhibitions and permanent installments. Be sure to check out the current show! Visit The Gallery regularly, explore the many exhibits, attend a workshop, meet local artists and engaged community members. Learn what is happening now at The Gallery Website.

  • Location: The Gallery is located in Building 4 on the Tacoma Community Campus in Tacoma.
  • Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m., on days the college is open.

Student Clubs- Start networking at TCC!  TCC students organize many student clubs.  Every year there are new opportunities available to get involved: https://www.tacomacc.edu/campuslife/organizationsandactivities/

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