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    Irvine Valley College
    Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition 
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition [ARCHIVED]


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Dean: Joseph Poshek
Academic Chair, Visual Arts: Terry Chatkupt
Faculty: Joseph Gerges; Julie Kirk


The curriculum includes courses in two- and three-dimensional design, drawing, painting, and art history. All courses are designed to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the artist’s technical and aesthetic concerns. Studio courses 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. The curriculum in art history 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. Many courses offered in the art curriculum meet general education requirements in fine arts. In addition, they may be taken to satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree with a major in art.  


Students majoring in art at the lower-division level concentrate on learning the basic theoretical concepts, techniques, skills, and materials of drawing, painting, or watercolor. By learning these basics in a step-by-step process, students develop a better understanding of their powers of observation and self-expression. Students may prepare to transfer into an upper-division program in two-dimensional art. Those anticipating careers in graphic arts, drawing, painting, photography, and advertising will find the major especially helpful. The 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.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the studio art program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate artistic and creative growth as a studio artist.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fundamental design, drawing and painting techniques.
  • Gain an increased aesthetic awareness and understanding of how to analyze their own and peer artwork from a critical point of view.

Potential Careers

Examples of careers in art include the following:

  • Art Educator
  • Commercial Artist
  • Gallery and Museum Careers
  • Professional Art and Design
  • Technical Illustrator

Graphical chart showing the programs and courses in the IVC art department. There are three categories: Art History, Digital Media Art, Interactive Media Arts, and Studio Art. Art History includes Art History, Theory, and Criticism, and Applied Museum Studies. Core courses include ARTH 4, ARTH 25, ARTH 26, ARTH 27, and ARTH 104. Western art history courses include ARTH 1, ARTH 24, ARTH 28, ARTH 29, ARTH 30, ARTH 31, ARTH 32, ARTH 50 and ARTH 133. Non-western art history courses include ARTH 22 and ARTH 23. Appreciation, criticism, exhibition and theory courses include ARTH 20, ARTH 110, ARTH 115, ARTH 120, ARTH 125, ARTH 130, ARTH 135, ARTH 140, ARTH 145 and ARTH 168. Digital Media Art includes Digital Photography,  Graphic Design and Video. Core courses include DMA 10, DMA 51, DMA 55, DMA 70, DMA 80, and ART/DMA 191. Digital photography/video courses include PHOT/DMA 51, PHOT/DMA 52, DMA 70, DMA 75, DMA 120 and DMA 165. Graphic design courses include DMA 10, DMA 55, DMA 65, DMA 120, DMA 140, DMA 160, DMA 170, and DMA 175. Interactive Media Arts includes Game Design, Animation, Environment Design and 3D Modeling, Virtual/Augmented Reality and Toy Design. Core courses include IMA 40 and IMA 98. Game design, VR/AR design and toy design courses include IMA 20, IMA 22, IMA 35, IMA 99 and IMA 191. Animation courses include IMA 30, IMA 88, IMA 89, IMA 96, IMA 179, IMA 192, and IMA 193. Environmental design and 3D modeling courses include IMA 46, IMA 189, IMA 190, and IMA 194. Studio Art includes Drawing, Painting, and Design. Core courses include ART 40, ART 41, ART 42, ART 80, ART 85 and ART 50. Drawing courses include ART 80, ART 81, ART 82, ART 85, ART 86, ART 88, ART 186, ART 191, and ART 195. Painting courses include ART 50, ART 51, ART 52, ART 53, ART 191, and ART 195. Printmaking courses include ART 60, ART 61, ART 62, ART 64, ART 195 and ART 191.


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