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Art

El Camino’s art degree and certificate programs set you on track to find work in an art-related career immediately after graduation. Or you can choose to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

$2,208
Approximate cost for an El Camino College AA degree in art
$62K
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $22,000 to $187,000 with an average salary of $62,000
5%
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 5% nationwide from 2016 to 2026

Our art degrees typically take up to two years. Complete one of our certificate programs in about six months and be ready to start your career.

Choose classes that allow you to explore your interests in a variety of artistic areas. We’ll help you discover a career path that is perfect for you!

Choose a Degree Designed for Art Careers or Transfer

Many El Camino art students want to start their careers as soon as possible. Others will continue their education at a four-year college or university. We’ll help you choose the best path for you.

Degrees

An El Camino art degree prepares you for employment in art-related fields or for transfer to a university. Customize your education to suit your interests and career goals.

  • Gain a comprehensive foundation in the history, theory, and practice of art.
  • Choose from two degree options:
    • Art History: explore culturally diverse art history classes and learn to analyze, assess, and discuss works of art from a variety of historical and style periods.
    • Studio Art: develop observational, compositional, technical, and interpretative skills through an extensive range of studio art courses.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.
  • Learn through various class projects, critiques, and research papers.
  • Create work for portfolios, juried and public exhibitions, and transfer preparation.

An El Camino art degree opens opportunities to a variety of career areas. The AA-T degree in art offers a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a California State University campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

  • Gain a comprehensive foundation in the history, theory, and practice of art.
  • Develop observational, compositional, technical, and interpretative skills through a range of studio art courses.
  • Take a variety of culturally diverse art history classes that prepare you to analyze, assess, and discuss art from several historical and style periods.
  • Create work for portfolios, juried and public exhibitions, and transfer preparation.
  • Start your journey on a clear pathway toward a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.

An El Camino art degree can prepare you for a variety of career areas. The AA-T degree in studio arts offers a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a California State University campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

  • Gain a comprehensive foundation in the history, theory, and practice of art.
  • Create work for portfolios, juried and public exhibitions, and transfer preparation.
  • Complete most transfer requirements while developing observational, compositional, technical, and interpretative skills through a range of studio art courses.
  • Start your journey on a clear pathway toward a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.

Certificates

A certificate of achievement in digital arts from El Camino can prepare you for a variety of careers.

  • Learn fundamentals in drawing, color, typography, design and photography.
  • Choose classes in illustration, rendering, portraiture, digital imaging, graphic design, web animation, and more.
  • Create work for portfolios, juried and public exhibitions, and transfer preparation.
  • Explore digital art, imaging, and publishing.

A certificate of achievement in gallery management from El Camino can prepare you for an entry-level position at an art gallery or museum.

  • Learn the basics of drawing, color, and three-dimensional design.
  • Take a variety of culturally diverse art history classes that prepare you to analyze, assess, and discuss art from several historical and style periods.
  • Gain hands-on knowledge through work experience opportunities.

Prepare for a career in marketing, advertising, animation, graphic design, and more by completing this certificate program.

  • Learn fundamentals of drawing, color, and two-dimensional design.
  • Take a variety of art classes, covering topics such as typography, advertising, graphic design, digital art, web design, animation, and marketing.
  • Gain hands-on knowledge through work experience opportunities.

El Camino’s certificate in jewelry design offers training in the design and technical processes of jewelry and metalsmithing.

  • Learn fundamental construction techniques such as sawing, soldering, forming, and surface embellishment with various metals and stones.
  • Explore contemporary aesthetics and their influence on jewelry design and construction.
  • Practice the casting process in jewelry-making, along with model-making and lost-wax casting.

Pursue an Entry-Level Job in Art or Further Education

As an El Camino art graduate, you’ll be ready to start work in an art-related field, including various studio arts, marketing, communications, teaching, and graphic design positions. Or you can pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university. We’ll help you gain the hands-on skills and industry knowledge needed for any career you choose.

  • Discover clear career and educational pathways in design and the visual arts.
  • Practice skills in Art Department facilities that include Mac and PC computer and photo labs, a metal foundry, smart classrooms, auditorium-style lecture halls, and spacious drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture studios.
  • Find assistance in creating/submitting a portfolio, application, resume, cover letter, and artist statement for transfer to four-year art programs, job applications, grants, and exhibitions.
  • Learn job interview strategies, freelance management skills, e-commerce, job search techniques, and effective self-promotion strategies.
  • Work as a fine artist, art teacher, illustrator, graphic designer, jewelry maker, painter, sculptor, and more.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $22,000 to $187,000 with an average salary of $62,000.

Participate in Hands-On Career Opportunities

Put your education into practice and find real-world experience and academic enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom.

  • Learn about various careers in art from professionals in the field.
  • Visit the El Camino Art Gallery, featuring innovative exhibitions and programs that reflect the breadth and diversity of the contemporary art world.
  • Participate in the annual Student Art Show, a showcase of student work.
  • Attend master classes, events, and special events through our Center for the Arts.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Art AA, Studio Arts AA-T, and certificates of achievement in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Art Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Studio Arts AA-T degree, Gallery Management Certificate of Achievement, Visual Communications Certificate of Achievement, and Jewelry Design and Fabrication Certificate of Achievement on El Camino’s Guided Pathways site.

Contact Info

El Camino College

Art Department