Art

Programs of Study

Art History Designation

Curriculum
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 80% Online

Studio Art Designation

Curriculum
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 75% Online

About the Program

Draw, paint or photograph your way to a career in the arts! Denver is a city rich in arts and culture with many opportunities for visual artists working in any medium.

The studio arts, art appreciation and art history classes at CCD will help you embrace your creativity and focus it towards an art-based career. Many talented artists have gone on to prestigious four-year institutions to continue their education and launch successful careers. Visual Arts classes at CCD are a perfect way to explore your creative options while earning a degree. You will find yourself drawing, painting, sculpting, designing, photographing and truly creating your future career in the arts.

Academic Support

CCD’s visual arts and multimedia graphic design programs are proud to offer open studio time. 

Open studio allows you to work outside of your studio class times on projects (two-, three- and four-dimensional alike). We offer five different open studios: Painting, Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Design, Photography Lab, and a Multimedia Design Lab.

Open studios are staffed by experienced art and graphic design students who are there to support your learning.

Dates and times vary each semester, please contact the art department for details.

Academic support is also provided through the Excel Knowledge Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 75 and 80 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
ART 121, ART 128, ART 131, ART 132,
ART 134, ART 139, ART 151, ART 221,
ART 239
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
ART 121, ART 131 Supply kit $57.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Special Scholarship for Art Students

The Mel Carter Art Scholarship is awarded to a talented visual arts student currently enrolled at CCD and selected by visual arts faculty. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of talent and not on your financial need. Deadline to apply is November 30th!

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

Both the art history and studio art designations are guaranteed transfer programs.

Colorado's guaranteed transfer program enables you to complete your first two years of college here at CCD, and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

Art History

A Two-Year Art History Degree from CCD Can Lead To a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Studio Art

A Two-Year Studio Art Degree from CCD Can Lead To a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

The annual Student Art Show is a long-running event that highlights the artistic achievements of CCD’s students in the visual arts and graphic design programs.

CCD’s Visual Arts and Graphic Design programs have engaged in a unique public-private partnership bringing cutting-edge artwork to the law office walls of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations, adding about 33,700 new jobs.

There are unlimited possibilities with a degree in art, learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for arts and design occupations was $45,250 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

The following information is provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for art and design occupations.