The MSJC Art Department offers five different awards. For students who intend to transfer to a four-year university, MSJC offers Associates of Art degrees in Art History, Studio Arts and Visual Communication (Graphic Design). For students who wish to earn an Associate of Art for personal enrichment, employment or any other reason than to transfer to a Bachelor of Art program, MSJC offers an Associates of Art degree in Art and an employment certificate in Graphic Design. We highly encourage that the employment certificate is taken in conjunction with one of the colleges’ Associates degrees like the A.A. in Art, A.S. in Multimedia, A.A. in Photography or any other Associates of Art or Science that are offered by other departments.
Both campuses offer a broad range of art courses including: Art History and Art Appreciation, Drawing, Painting, Design, Ceramics and Sculpture. The Menifee campus houses a robust ceramics studio as well as a state-of-the-art digital lab for Graphic Design. The San Jacinto campus houses a bronze casting facility that supports more advanced, media specific courses in sculpture and ceramic-shell bronze casting. The art program at the San Jacinto campus is supported by an art gallery that hosts monthly exhibitions, introducing students to a culturally diverse range of visual art and serves as a venue for students from both campuses to display their work.
The MSJC Art Department serves a diverse group of students, including those who are taking their first art instruction, as well as those who plan on transferring to pursue degrees in art. The study of studio art at MSJC is an ideal way for students to understand their creative potential, and to be introduced to a variety of art disciplines. Art History and Appreciation courses can be used to satisfy Humanities requirements, and are designed to introduce students to important works and artists from both Western and world art traditions.