Galveston College Visual arts Department

Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Visual Arts home page. This site reviews useful information for those who will be taking courses in the Galveston College Department of Visual Arts, whether as majors or as students taking required or non required courses and also for students of lifelong learning for personal enrichment. The Galveston College Department of Visual Arts features an exhibition gallery and state of the art studio classrooms with a view including ceramics, photography, drawing, painting and design.


WHAT IS THE ROLE OF An ART MAJOR?

Students majoring in art generally begin by taking a sequence of art courses to learn a number of skills.
 
  • Classes are small with individualized instruction; students are assisted in the use of various art mediums to develop their technical skills and engage in research for assignments.
  • Following the completion of course work at Galveston College, students are assisted with finding the best four-year institution for transfer and completion of a four-year degree in Fine Arts.

See the most recent college catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions. Additionally, online course options are available for local and distance learning students. 

CAREERS   

The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Fine Arts is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university or art school to major or minor in Art, and will benefit any student planning to pursue an art-related position including: independent studio artist, production artist, teacher, illustrator, photographer, museum or gallery employee, advertising artist, graphic designer, arts administrator or college/university professor. Students who major in art often pursue jobs as teachers.

For up-to-date information on jobs for art majors go to the United States Bureau on Labor Statistics: http://stats.bls.gov

TWO-YEAR DEGREE   

Students majoring in art generally begin by taking a sequence of art courses to learn a number of skills.

  • Classes are small with individualized instruction; students are assisted in the use of various art mediums to develop their technical skills and engage in research for assignments.
  •  Following the completion of course work at Galveston College, students are assisted with finding the best four-year institution for transfer and completion of a four-year degree in Fine Arts.
      

See the most recent college catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions. Additionally, online course options are available for local and distance learning students. 

Non Majors 

If you are not majoring in art, you still may be taking one of the many courses that are offered in the studio arts area at Galveston College. We offer a number of excellent courses to enhance your skills—from studio courses including drawing, design, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Survey courses in Art history and art Appreciation courses are offered as well.


DEPARTMENT FACULTY 

Galveston College’s Visual Art Department includes a diverse group of  exhibiting artists with national resumes. All are included in many publications and collections. Combined faculty has more than 70 years of cumulative experience teaching studio art and art history. Galveston College art faculty are interactive with students as courses offer opportunities for development of technical expertise and expression of creative ideas, and understanding the traditions of the many mediums of studio art. The art department faculty work to assist students in getting their portfolios ready for pursuing their degrees in art as well as exhibiting their artworks in galleries.

The art faculty promotes visiting artist/educators to teach workshops, lectures and exhibitions in the Galveston College Art Gallery.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Visual Arts Faculty is committed to providing a solid foundation for students focused on improving their artistic skills, pursuing a visual arts career, or for transferring to a 4-year institution. Course offerings are transferable and in accord with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Visual Arts Program principal objectives are as follows: (1) to increase the student’s awareness and knowledge to be able to make judgments requiring critical thinking skills, aesthetic sensibility and visual learning. (2) to help students learn and develop specific methods and techniques in their chosen discipline and (3) to produce work –course work, portfolios that demonstrate these processes and (4) to reinforce individual empowerment for life-long learning.

Various scholarships are available through Galveston College including The Clelie Moore Ceramic Art Scholarship ($300) for a ceramic student whose work exhibits excellence.  Please contact Beth Thomas at bthomas@gc.edu or call 409-944-1309. 

Program Coordinator

Beth Thomas

Contact Us

Visual Arts Department
Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550
409-944-1309

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Updated 11/14/2011 - Content Author mwaddell