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Visual Arts Department:


Programs within the Visual Arts Department offer a variety of lab and lecture opportunities for the major and general education credit for the non-major. In addition, there are a number of proficiency certificates that provide the student with  career-based skills in both digital and interactive media; and applied museum techniques.

Art Depart Chart 
See IVC 2016-2017 Catalog for an enlarged chart
and more program details


The visual arts curriculum includes a variety of courses in two- and three-dimensional design, drawing, painting, digital and interactive media arts, art history and applied museum studies. All courses are designed to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the artist’s techniques, materials, and processes; current creative technologies; aesthetic and critical theory; and appreciation for the historical canons.

  • Studio Art curricula teach students both to expand their basic design, drawing and painting skills and to become more visually aware of their world. These courses are designed for artists of all backgrounds and levels of technical ability. 
  • Art History curricula focuses on both the art of various world cultures and the critical theory necessary to understand visual culture within the contemporary context of analysis and criticism.
  • Digital Media curricula includes courses in graphic design, typography, publication design, web design, digital photography, video production, and motion graphics.
  • Interactive Media curricula includes courses in two- and three-dimensional animation, storyboarding, toy design and gaming. 


GE and IGETC Credit and Course Transferability: Many courses offered in the Visual Arts Department curriculum meet general education requirements in fine arts and are transferrable to both the UC and CSU systems. In addition, they may be taken to satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree with a major in Art, Digital Media Art, or Art History. The Fine Arts faculty recommends that the art major not choose an art course to fulfill the general education requirement in Fine Arts and Languages, but explore one of the other arts, such as music, writing, theatre arts, or photography.


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BST 203B, 2nd Floor

Joseph Poshek
Dean, School of the Arts
T: 949-451-5650

Sr. Admin. Assistant, School of the Arts
T: 949-451-5453
F: 949-451-5775

Julie Kirk
Academic Chair (Art), School of the Arts