Visual Art

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

Tap into your creativity with UCC’s art degree, enhancing your skills and knowledge by learning from dedicated faculty, intimate class sizes and numerous hands-on experiences.

The study of art at the College level is an integral part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. You will develop creativity and critical thinking skills through visual media. Art and Art History have powerful links to other disciplines across campus. Research has shown that studying art improves skills in math, science and medicine, and informs the study of humanities and the social sciences.

Why choose this program?

• Highly qualified and dedicated faculty who are active in their own professional studio practices
• Intimate classes that allow faculty to help you succeed and achieve your learning goals
• Solid foundation courses in art to prepare you for college transfer and lifelong learning
• Over 20 courses in visual arts and art history

Career Opportunities

Students have gone on to complete their under-graduate work at prestigious art schools such as Savanna College of Art and Design, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the California College of the Arts, as well as at state schools such as the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Southern Oregon University. Some students have gone on to complete Master of Fine Arts degrees.

Former students are self-employed as artists, or working in art-related careers. UCC art students have gone on to become architects, art therapists, museum employees, photographers, video game designers, and teachers. Some have stayed in Oregon, others have moved to areas as diverse as New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, and Reykjavik, Iceland.

The critical skills emphasized in the study of art translate into a wide range of professions. For instance, students can use a BFA or a degree in Art History as a springboard into advanced degrees in international relations or law. Art and Art History are great, broad-based liberal arts degrees that give students critical and creative thinking skills, and the ability to take risks and push themselves. Our students learn to be independent, self-directed workers and team players. A degree in art opens up exciting career opportunities, with annual starting salaries ranging from $43,320-$122,280.

Some of the many options include:

  • Fine Artist
  • Craft Artist
  • Art Director
  • Art Educator
  • Art Therapist
  • Special Effects Artist and Animator
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Fashion Designer
  • Floral Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Merchandise Display
  • Set and Exhibit Design
  • Foundation studies for Architecture

Student Successes

  • “I love how inclusive my instructor is and how she gives us a lot of room for creative expression.”
    Emily Michel
    OSU-Cascades Transfer & UCC Alum
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  • “I know that I'm not the same person I was when I started here. But that first door is what got me here.”
    Chase Gilley
    UCC Digital Content Technologist & Alum
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More program info

Program description, outcomes and requirements are located in the Course Catalog.

Money for college

Between scholarships, grants, work study, and loans, students like you can qualify for thousands of dollars to help them reach their education goals.