Skagit Valley College

Visual Arts

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Studying art is about creativity, personal expression and making meaningful contributions to culture. If your passion is to draw, paint and create in visual media, you may find a home in the visual arts program where your creativity can be nurtured and developed. We can help give you academic guidance and direct you toward a career that cultivates your talents.

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Program Options

Students from our program have gone on to careers in graphic design, illustration, animation, industrial design, teaching and art therapy and other careers where they use their passion and creative expression every day.   Our program focuses on skill development while teaching historical context and cultural relevance. In our program you’ll have the opportunity to study the classical disciplines of drawing, painting, and ceramics in our studios -- a spacious painting and drawing studio, a fully equipped ceramics studio, a photography lab, and other creative spaces. The Associate in Visual Arts degree (AVA) is a transfer degree specifically geared toward preparing students to transfer into an art major at a four-year institution. Admission to such programs is competitive and requires a portfolio review. Here at SVC, you’ll get a serious art education with lots of one-on-one attention and personalized mentoring. We’ll help you develop a portfolio that will demonstrate your skills and understanding, preparing you to compete for a spot in a four-year program.

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Department Contact

Mary Iverson
Hodson Hall, H-222

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Sharon Hall
Old Main, B-205

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