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Fine Art: Transfer

Art Education, Art History, Pre-Architecture, Studio Art, & Visual Communications

The process of art-making develops a heightened awareness of the visual world, an awareness that is both subjective and objective. It provides a new format for stating what is already known and a system for discovering and understanding what isn't yet known. As a Fine Art student at UCC, you learn focus, risk taking, problem solving, critical thinking, idea development, hand-eye coordination, time management, attention to detail and tenacity through a hands-on pursuit in studio art.

UCC offers a full range of art classes with contemporary and traditional approaches to art-making. Taught by dedicated faculty, UCC art classes are small, and you receive a lot of individual attention. UCC's facilities include a Mac lab with up-to-date design software, a full ceramics studio with a high-fire kiln, a darkroom for photography, and a printmaking press. UCC offers affordable, high quality education in the arts. Students can take classes for transfer credit, to earn a certificate, or for fun.

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There are numerous jobs that a degree in the arts will facilitate, such as: designer, gallery manager or curator, art therapist, arts educator, studio artist, photographer, illustrator, etc. For those who don't want to obtain a degree, art classes offer a creative outlet while increasing skill level and confidence.

Department Information

The UCC Fine and Performing Arts Department offers a comprehensive two-year course of study in Fine Arts. Classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, basic design, ceramics, sculpture, and computer-based arts provide students with a variety of foundation-level studio opportunities. Additional classes in art history and professional practices help prepare you for advanced studies at the university level and other artist opportunities, such as fellowships and internships.

All Fine Arts faculty members have degrees in the arts, and are practicing professional artists who bring a broad range of world experiences to their classrooms and studios.

Fine Art Majors are encouraged to take foundation courses in design, drawing, and art history before advancing to a more focused area of study. Fine Art students can expect to take courses in the following subject areas:

  • Art History (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance through Modern)
  • Basic Design (Two-Dimensional, Color Theory, Three-Dimensional)
  • Digital Arts (Computer Graphic Design, Illustration, and Animation)
  • Drawing (Basic and Advanced Life Drawing, Figure Drawing)
  • Ceramics (Hand-built and Wheel-thrown)
  • Painting (Oil, Watercolor)
  • Photography (Basic and Advanced Film, Digital)
  • Printmaking (Relief, Intaglio, Screen printing)
  • Sculpture (Clay, Bronze, and Welded Metals)

Transfer Guide

Majors in art, art education, art history (or some combination) are offered at University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and Southern Oregon University. UCC offers coursework approved for transfer to these public institutions, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and other private colleges and universities. Portland State University and University of Oregon offer undergraduate programs in architecture.

If you wish to complete degrees in any art-based field, you should consult with the Fine Arts advisor and representatives of the schools to which you may transfer for assistance in planning your course of study at UCC. Bachelor's degrees in arts, fine arts, and architecture can be stringent; a plan will assist you in completing your studies in a timely manner.

Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA

If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.

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Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:

• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes


Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Susan Rochester - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Art 
Phone: 541-440-4692