Art and Design AS
If you want to be an artist or designer, the Art and Design program at Westchester Community College can set you on the path to achieving your dreams. Whether you are interested in fine arts media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography, or if your passion is for graphic design, animation, or web design, we have a wide range of courses and curricula that will challenge you to discover your creative potential.
The A.S. degree in Art and Design at Westchester Community College parallels the “foundation” curriculum taught at most four-year college and university programs. Our graduates save money by taking their first two years with us, and then transferring to highly competitive art schools such as SVA, Pratt, SUNY Purchase, and F.I.T. To guide you through the transfer process, the Arts Department sponsors an annual Portfolio Day. At this event, art school professionals from across the nation meet with students to provide personalized feedback on their portfolios.
The Art and Design program is one of the largest at the college, with facilities at three campuses. The Valhalla campus has well-equipped studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, digital media, and printmaking, and photography. The Center for Arts in White Plains offers courses in photography, digital media, sculpture, drawing, and painting. The Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill offers courses in digital media and drawing.
Art and Design courses are taught by professional artists and designers who are leaders in their field; they will help you to nurture your creativity while inspiring you to do your best. Their expert knowledge will prepare you to meet the challenges of a professional career in art.
Art and Design majors enjoy abundant opportunities to get involved, make friends, and take advantage of the rich cultural resources in the region. Each semester the Arts Department sponsors free bus trips to New York City galleries and museums. The Art Club and the New Media Group sponsor a wide range of activities and events, and on-site galleries at all three campuses host an on-going series of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and gallery talks.
Curriculum Chair: Nicole Tschampel