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

Fine Arts

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Dean: Joseph Poshek
Academic Chair, Communication Studies: Gary Rybold, PhD
Academic Chair, Dance: Jennifer La Curan
Academic Chair, Music: Matthew Tresler, DMA
Academic Chair, Theatre: M. Scott Grabau
Academic Chair, Visual Arts: Terry Chatkupt
Faculty: Patricia Beckman-Wells, EdD; Susan Boettger, DMA; Terry Chatkupt; Ron Ellison; Joseph Gerges; M. Scott Grabau; Amy Grimm; Julie Kirk; Jennifer La Curan; Daniel Luzko, DMA; Bill Neesen; Gary Rybold, PhD; Edwin Tiongson; Julianna Throckmorton-French, JD; Matthew Tresler, DMA


The program in fine arts is an interdepartmental major in the fine and performing arts: music, dance, theatre, speech, visual arts, and photography.


The degree in fine arts is intended to provide the student with an arts education emphasizing the diversity and yet commonality within the traditional and nontraditional arts. To the extent that we recognize a distinct “artistic” capacity or form of perception-different from analysis and apart from language-we assume that the artist may realize similar ends in a variety of media and that all the arts are in this sense profoundly interconnected. The fine arts major provides students with the opportunity to seek this interconnection. The diversity and flexibility of the major make it appropriate for a range of career alternatives, especially within fields demanding a high degree of expressive and creative ability. The major is also a fine choice for the general arts student who does not want to specialize within a single medium at the lower-division level.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the fine arts program, students will be able to

  • Gain an increased aesthetic awareness and appreciation of the arts from a critical point of view.

Potential Careers

Career options in fine arts incorporate a variety of professional paths that address the creative process in education, business, or nonprofit organizations. These might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Galleries or Museums
  • Music Industry
  • Public Arts Instruction
  • Theatre Management


    Associate in Arts

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