Art

Cultivate your creativity into a career

The Art Department at the College of Lake County provides a range of art classes for students to develop fundamental skills and techniques in a variety of mediums. Students will leave our program ready to transfer to a four-year institution or begin work as an independent artist. Hands-on experience creates an active learning environment in our studios.

Through high-quality education, students will learn to apply principles and elements of design creatively and effectively in the process of making two- and three-dimensional artwork. The department aims to develop students' critical thinking abilities, visual awareness, evaluation skills and knowledge of art history through the guidance of course curriculum, interaction with instructor and peers visits to galleries and museums and from the process of creating course projects. 

Why study Art with us?

Our instructors are professional artists who incorporate top-notch technical skills with ideation and conceptional development into your courses. View the portfolios of faculty Hans Habeger, Erick Rowe and David Bolton.

CLC courses are demanding and help you refine your artistic vision. You will learn historical and contemporary art concepts and techniques in both 2D and 3D areas.

Study any of the art forms you are most passionate about—art history, photography, drawing and painting, watercolor, computer art, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry making.

Showcase your creations

The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art is a major cultural resource for artists and Lake County residents. Exhibit your creations at the CLC Student Art Competition held every year. You can even win awards or sell your work.

Enriching lives through art

CLC is a vibrant community for the arts. You have opportunities to reach diverse audiences through our campus life and arts programs. CLC hosts regular events at the gallery, visual arts workshops, dance, music, theater and more!

Highlights

  • Student and Faculty Art Showcase

    See samples of faculty and student art on Instagram.
  • Annual Student Art Competition

    Showcase your creations at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art and get a chance to win awards or sell your work.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Art A.F.A.

Associate in Fine Arts
Transfer Degree
Cost
$11,112

Courses in the program

We offer a wide range of courses in Drawing, Art History, 2D and 3D Design and Animation, Painting, Computer Art—and so much more!

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.



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