Visual Art

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

Program Description

The study of art at the College level is an integral part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Students develop both their creativity and their 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. Likewise, art enhances critical thinking skills, and informs the study of humanities and the social sciences.

Studying art at Umpqua Community College is a smart choice. Our foundation classes are offered online or in the late afternoon and early evening, making it more convenient to begin studies while in high school or to work around employment and other responsibilities.

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, which is the terminal degree in the study of art.

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.

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It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Visual Arts programs.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will:

  1. Demonstrate foundation skills in the use of art processes and media that enable clear, creative visual communication.
  2. Think critically and creatively about visual art.
  3. Articulate the significance of art history, contemporary culture and global perspectives in the making of art and design.

Transfer Considerations

Students in Visual Arts have three degree options to choose from after transferring to a University. These include the Bachelor of Art (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA). Some universities offer one, two, or all three options - but it is important to decide which degree option you’ll want to pursue so as to best prepare while at UCC. In general, a Bachelor of Art degree is broader-based, and will require at least two years college level study of a world language. A Bachelor of Science degree is more heavily weighted towards math and sciences, and generally will not require a world language. A BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) will require an additional year of study and a senior exhibit. A BA in Art History requires a world language, often beyond two years of study. Some programs only accept French or German, so again, it is good to plan ahead.

Career Considerations

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

The Art Career Project is a great place to explore the many options available.

High School Students

Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.

First Generation College Students

Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Take advantage of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP). It's FREE. The TOP program provides the extra help you will need to be successful at UCC so you can transfer smoothly to university studies.

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.

Money for College

Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.

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 contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Susan Rochester - Contact
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