The mission of the Metropolitan Community College Art Program is to develop students' visual literacy and awareness that art is practiced in a variety of forms within different cultures.

Our curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the research, interpretive and technical skills needed to make and study meaningful works of art while preparing them for continued practice in their field or for articulation to a bachelor's degree program.

MCC's program gives your talent a great place to flourish, with our small, personal classes, low cost and many opportunities to explore all kinds of artistic expression. Drawing, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting and even printmaking are elective options that help you earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

For the degree:

  • 42 hours of general education courses
  • 3 credit hours of computer science
  • 14 hours of electives
  • Electives may include: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry making, printmaking, graphic design and photography
  • Drawing 110 and Art 108 Art Survey are MOTR designated classes.
  • Art 108 Art Survey satisfies a global diversity requirement.

Career and salary information

Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.

Career options in art

  • Advertising
  • Animator
  • Arts administrator
  • Art director
  • Artist
  • Brand manager
  • Creative director
  • Digital strategist
  • Fashion designer
  • Filmmaker/videographer
  • Graphic designer
  • Librarian
  • Integrated arts educator
  • Illustrator
  • Interior design
  • Marketing specialist
  • Multimedia designer
  • Photo editor
  • Product/package designer
  • Public relations
  • Social media writer/coordinator
  • Small business owner
  • Urban planning
  • User experience design
  • Web design

Transfer credits

While MCC does not offer a degree in this field, these (freshman/sophomore level) courses move with you to a four year college or university, and depending on your chosen major may and apply toward your degree.

The Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) - Art Pathway was designed for portfolio building into a creative major. Check with your transfer school, the art coordinators on campus and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.

We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions at MCC as well as our four-year institutions.

Also, transfer requirements vary for different majors and four-year colleges and universities. In some cases, an associate degree equals the first two years of a bachelor's degree, while in other cases, an associate degree may not be necessary to transfer.

Portfolios of artwork are often required for entry or to pass the sophomore portfolio review. Please work with art faculty and the target institution on the expectations of a successful portfolio.

Many institutions require a digital portfolio of 15-20 quality photographs of recent work. Therefore, it's essential to meet with art faculty, an advisor or counselor early to make sure you enroll in classes that will transfer and develop your portfolio.

Learn more about MCC's seamless transfer

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