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Our Purpose: Your Future

The Harper College Art Department offers students a quality education that will prepare them for further studies and participation in art.

The art curriculum provides the transfer student with a comprehensive program equivalent to the first two years of most four-year college art programs. It also serves an important role for many visual career programs and for the general college student.

With guidance from our accomplished art faculty and staff, students can gain skills in the classroom and studio, meet visiting artists and view their work in our Art Exhibits Series, and explore our gallery and 300-piece permanent on-campus art collection.

Discover the options for studying art at Harper below, and visit our FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Choose the Class or Degree That Meets Your Goal

Studio courses are art production lab courses that develop technical skills for making artworks and conceptual skills for creating. Foundation courses (100 level) emphasize fundamental skills to begin developing creative thinking. Second-year courses (200 level) emphasize technical mastery, conceptual skills and self-direction.

Studio classes typically meet six hours each week in specialized labs/classrooms. Students spend most of the time producing works, although lectures, discussions and critiques are also included. Students are evaluated by portfolio review, class participation and through exams. Some art supplies are provided through student lab fees, but students will purchase most supplies. Textbooks may be required in some courses.

Prerequisites or consent of the instructor are required for most 200-level courses. All studio courses are three credit hours. All 200-level courses (except ART 240) may be repeated for up to six hours credit.

Foundation Studio

Second-year Studio

For these classes, study includes slide lectures and identification, discussion sections and museum visits, as well as research papers and essay exams. ART 130, 131 and 132 offer the history of art in a chronological sequence, but they may be taken in any order. All courses are three credit hours.

The Art Department recognizes that effective art education requires studio practice accompanied by studies of art history and the influence of art on the world. Therefore, the art department offers a number of classes in art studies including an art seminar, general introduction to arts, and one film studies course. All related studies courses are three credit hours except the art seminar course (one credit hour).

The Associate in Fine Arts/Art degree is specifically for studio art majors planning to transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at a four-year college or university. The AFA degree is designed with a core of art courses and general education courses that match the State of Illinois guidelines for the first two years of college for a fine arts major. This degree allows art majors to transfer into most college and university programs in Illinois with few or no lost credit hours and with status equal to the native university students.

Students planning to transfer to art programs other than studio art such as art education or art history should consider an Associate in Arts degree.

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