The mission of the Art Program is to develop students' visual literacy and awareness that art is practiced in a variety of forms within different cultures. Additionally, the program offers your talent a great place to flourish, with our small, personal classes, low cost and many opportunities to explore all kinds of artistic expression.

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.

Degree highlights

Associate in Arts (A.A.) - art emphasis

  • 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
  • MOTR (Missouri Core 42) designated classes: Drawing 110 and Art 108 Art Survey
  • Art 108 Art Survey satisfies a global diversity requirement.

Drawing, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting and even printmaking are elective options that help you earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.


Career options in art include:

  • 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

Visit Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to view salary information, employment outlook and personal characteristics needed for this career.

Transfer made simple

Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it. We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities.

MCC's A.A. degree with an art emphasis is designed to build your art-related portfolio and skills. The courses may transfer to a four-year college or university in your desired creative major.

Portfolios of artwork are often required for entry or to pass the sophomore portfolio review. Many institutions require a digital portfolio of 15-20 quality photographs of recent work. Please work with the art faculty and the target institution on the expectations of a successful portfolio.

Check with your transfer school, art program contacts, and Student Success Advisor before enrolling in classes.

Student work

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