NCC’s Fine Art program helps develop a student’s artistic interest and strengths. As students build their portfolio, they will be encouraged to develop creativity through discovery. Exposure to career opportunities and educational options is an integral part of the program. By the end of the fourth semester, the disciplined and self-motivated student will draw from examples of all coursework for transfer to a college, university or art school. The successful student will also develop the skills in presentation needed to pursue a career in the visual arts.
Drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photography will showcase a deeper understanding of the student’s own ideas. The Individual Studio/Professional Practices course gives students the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge of the art world through visits to museums, galleries and art centers in New York City, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, students will speak with curators, gallery directors, art museum personnel and a visiting professional artist from New York who will help guide and critique their work.
NCC’s Fowler Family Southside Center plays host to multiple exhibits throughout the year that showcase the paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography, mixed media, conceptual art, film and computer-generated new media by artists from NCC. The Art faulty at NCC hold exhibitions in Communications Hall with open receptions to give students a chance to see their work and to talk to them about it.
Applicants to the program are required to submit a portfolio or pass an art test as part of the admission requirements.
A career in art is not limited to being a painter of canvases which get framed and sold in a gallery. Behind every piece of art in a newspaper, magazine, book, posture, brochure, website or display piece, there’s usually a commercial artist or a team of artists. Those interested in truly trying to make a career in one of the fine arts fields know that art is everywhere – from computer animation to film and TV stage sets. If art students truly apply themselves, they can pursue their passion not just in work created to hang in museums, but also in teaching art, art history or photography.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow by 5 percent by 2020. Employment growth of artists depends, in large part, on the overall state of the economy, because purchases of art are usually optional.
Career Potential: Transfer program for artists, art educators, and visual art related careers
NCC FINE ART students have transferred to: Kutztown University, East Stroudsburg University, Millersville University, Moravian College, Cedar Crest College, University of the Arts (UArts), Tyler School of Art/Temple University, School of Visual Arts (SVA), The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Herron School of Art and Design – Indiana University-Purdue University, Massachusetts College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)