Northwest Community College

Fine Arts Degrees

Art | Digital Media | Graphic Design | Art Education Pathway 

Art
Northwestern’s Fine Arts Program is designed to expand the student’s creative potential through a series of studio courses and academic electives. The program prepares students for transfer to four year programs in art. Students learn traditional as well as contemporary approaches to fine art and design. They develop a portfolio which includes a wide variety of art media and highlights areas of special interest. Additionally, students participate in the activities of NCCC’s galleries, which host an array of professional and student art exhibitions. The NCCC Art Department is in a consortium with Five Points Gallery in Torrington, a gallery which is dedicated to exhibiting and fostering an understanding of high caliber contemporary art. Students use Five Points Gallery as an extended classroom, with access to docent training, internships and workshops with professional artists. 

faculty contact ♦ Janet Nesteruk jnesteruk@nwcc.edu
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
ART* 111 Drawing I - 3 credits
ART* 121 Two-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
ART* 141 Photography I - 3 credits
GRA* 151 Graphic Design I - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits
ART* 112 Drawing II - 3 credits
ART* 122 Three-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
Natural or Physical Science Elective - 3/4 credits
MAT* Mathematics Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 3 
ART* 101 Art History I - 3 credits
ART* 151 Painting I - 3 credits
ART* Ceramics or Ceramics Handbuilding of Ceramics Throwing - 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 4
ART* 102 Art History II - 3 credits
ART* 113 Figure Drawing I - 3 credits
ART* Sculpture l - 3 credits
ART* 152 Painting II - 3 credits
ART* 296 Advanced Studio - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 60(61)

 

Digital Media
The Digital Media Option is designed to equip students with a sound foundation in the aesthetics, terminology, vocabulary, technical skills and design concepts of digital media production. Program coursework focuses on time based media and internet communication design. The demand for visual artists with competency in the digital environment is growing at a breakneck pace. The program will be of value to students wishing to attain entry level positions in web design firms, video production companies and internet media agencies or transfer to four year programs in New Media, Media Arts and Motion Graphics. faculty contact ♦ Sue Berg sberg@nwcc.edu
SEMESTER 1 
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
ART* 111 Drawing I - 3 credits
ART* 141 Photography I - 3 credits
GRA* 151 Graphic Design I - 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits
ART* 112 Drawing II - 3 credits
ART* 142 Photography II OR GRA* 252 Graphic Design II - 3 credits
ART* 176 Digital Video - 3 credits
Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 3
ART* 101 Art History I - 3 credits
ART* 121 Two-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
ART* 270 Digital Imaging - 3 credits
Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits
Natural or Physical Science Elective - 3/4 credits
SEMESTER 4 
ART* 102 Art History II - 3 credits
ART* 122 Three-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
ART* 113 ART* 131 Figure Drawing I OR ART* 285 Sculpture I - 3 credits
GRA* 227 Interactive Media OR ART* 298 Special Topics: Advanced Project - 3 credits
MAT* Mathematics Elective - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 60(61)

Graphic Design
Northwestern’s Graphic Communication Design Option is designed to prepare students for transfer and career opportunities in the field of graphic design. The program encompasses design for both print and the web. Students working in this field go on to work in corporate graphic design departments, design studios, advertising agencies, commercial and photographic studios, fashion, marketing and media buying organizations, video and digital media promotion departments, newspapers and publishers, signage and environmental design businesses, internet design studios. Northwestern’s graphic design students learn the principles and processes of graphic design while working in up-to-date computer and photography studios. Students graduating from our program have gained employment in many area businesses as well as worked on a freelance basis in Connecticut and beyond. Several graduates own their own design firms. faculty contact ♦ Sue Berg sberg@nwcc.edu

SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
ART* 111 Drawing I - 3 credits
ART* 121 Two-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
ART* 141 Photography I - 3 credits
GRA* 151 Graphic Design I - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits
ART* 112 Drawing II - 3 credits
ART* 122 Three-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
ART* 142 Photography II OR ART* 270 Digital Imaging - 3 credits
GRA* 252 Graphic Design II - 3 credits
SEMESTER 3 
ART* 101 Art History I - 3 credits
ART* 113 Figure Drawing I - 3 credits
ART* 151 Painting I - 3 credits
GRA* 227 Interactive Media - 3 credits
MAT* Mathematics Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 4 
ART* 102 Art History II - 3 credits
GRA* 260 Web Design - 3 credits
Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits
Natural or Physical Science Elective - 3/4 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 60(61)

 

Art Education Pathway
This pathway is designed to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in art education at a four year college or university. At the associate degree level students will focus on completing their general education requirements, as well as a selection of foundational courses that are required for teaching certification in the State of Connecticut. A contingent of these courses will be studio art courses.Click here for Complete Information faculty contact ♦ Janet Nesteruk jnesteruk@nwcc.edu

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