Degrees
Visual Arts Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Create your own future with Visual Arts!

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Forward-thinking faculty, three beautiful gallery spaces and a hands-on studio program make Carroll the best choice for launching your artistic career!


Carroll’s Visual Arts program is small but mighty. Since 2016, we have added both printmaking and ceramics as well as a gallery internship to our repertoire, and we are continuing to expand our facilities.  

This program hones the core skill set needed by artists for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and beyond. Visual Arts teaches not only the technical skills to be a successful artist, but also valuable skills of problem solving, critical thinking, oral and written communication, collaboration, networking, time management and self-motivation that enable one to be a creative and successful member of most any workspace.

“The visual arts department at Carroll Community College shaped who I am now and helped me figure out my path for the future. I not only made amazing friends from the many art classes I took, but made lasting bonds with the professors who pushed me to become a better student and a better artist.”

– Jordyn Burleson, 2018 Graduate and Curator’s Choice Award Recipient

Visual Arts Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Faculty Advisor: Jessi Hardesty Phone: 410-386-8256 Email: jhardesty@carrollcc.edu Graduates of the Arts and Sciences Visual Arts Concentration are well positioned to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Maryland as well as other states. The courses in the program are transfer oriented and form the basis of a solid foundation in the liberal arts. By using ARTSYS, artweb.usmd.edu, students can plan additional courses will also transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. The mission of the Visual Art program is to equip graduates with both the studio and creative skills essential to preparing them for a range of art related jobs or acceptance into degree-granting institutions. To this end, we provide students with experience in a full range of art media and a variety of instructional methods designed to lay a broad foundation in studio production. Additionally, students are exposed to the role of art in culture and diversity in the making of art world-wide. The courses emphasize analytical thinking, problem solving and critical thinking skills conducive not only to the making of art, but to life-long learning. The following courses are required for this concentration: ART-101, ART-105, ART-110, ART-115, ART-120, ART-130, ART-135, ART-136, and either ART-210, ART-220, or ART-230.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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Jessi Hardesty is the Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts, Curator of Collections and Exhibits, and Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at Carroll Community College. She holds an MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Printmaking from Salem State University. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has completed artist residencies at Evil Prints in St. Louis, MO and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD. Recently, she was a visiting artist at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA and has curated a national science fiction-themed printmaking portfolio. She maintains a private studio in Baltimore, MD. Hear Jessi Hardesty, Discipline Coordinator & Professor of Visual Arts and Curator of Collections & Exhibitions (and lover of all things Halloween), talk about her passion for making, teaching and promoting art.



Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Visual Arts education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?

You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university.

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Where can you go? 

Our program prepares students for transfer to a 4-year Visual Arts program, such as those at Towson University, Stevenson University, University of Baltimore, UMUC, University of Maryland College Park, York College, Hood College, Notre Dame of Maryland, McDaniel College, MICA, SCAD, Frostburg State University and many others.

Many of the skills students acquire in Carroll’s Visual Arts program are applicable to many arts-based fields, such as illustration, photography, graphic design, printmaking, arts administration, teaching and curation. Other job opportunities for graduates include media production, advertising, public relations and more. Students are also prepared to advance their own studio practice. 

What electives should I take?

Our flexible electives prepare you for transfer to a 4-year Visual Art program. Please refer to the CURRICULUM section. 

Do you have internships?

Yes, we offer one internship. Art Internship is available for up to two students each semester who wish to shadow the Curator in the gallery spaces to learn more about curation and art handling as well as create a high level portfolio of independent projects.

How does Carroll promote the Visual Arts?

Between September and May, the College hosts several art exhibits in a variety of media and styles created by our talent students and celebrated visual artists, open to the community free of charge. For information on our upcoming art exhibits, view or subscribe to our Arts and Events Calendar.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Visual Art program is to equip graduates with both the studio and creative skills essential to preparing them for a range of art related jobs or acceptance into degree-granting institutions. To this end, we provide students with experience in a full range of art media and a variety of instructional methods designed to lay a broad foundation in studio production. Additionally, students are exposed to the role of art in culture and diversity in the making of art worldwide. The program emphasizes analytical thinking, problem solving and critical thinking skills conducive not only to the making of art but also to lifelong learning.

PROGRAM GOALS

  1. The students will demonstrate skillful methods and appropriate use of materials/tools specific to the studio media.
  2. The students will demonstrate understanding of the elements of principles of design theory in the creation of aesthetically sound works of art.
  3. The students will demonstrate the effective articulation of concepts and perform the evaluation of works of art, (theirs and others), in the form of verbal critique.
  4. The students will demonstrate knowledge of art historical and cultural awareness relative to the studio medium.
  5. The students will compile and maintain a body of work in portfolio form which clearly defines their artistic development and maturity.
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