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 The mission of the Visual Art program is to equip graduates with the creative skills essential to prepare them to transfer in to a four-year program or to maintain their own studio practice. By providing students with experience in a range of art media and instructional methods, the program lays a broad foundation in studio production. The program emphasizes autonomy, knowledge of the diversity of art worldwide, and creative problem solving skills conducive not only to the making of art but also to lifelong learning. This description aligns with the institutional mission of student empowerment and creative enrichment. Note: The following courses are required for this concentration: ART-105, ART-110, ART-120, ART-130, ART-135, ART-136, and ART-210, -220, or -230.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Visual Art Concentration Electives

  • Take 2 elective credtis if needed to reach the 60 credit degree total:

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 2 Diversity-designated General Education courses (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement):

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.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

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.

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.

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Transfer

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.

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

Career

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.

The mission of the Visual Art program is to equip graduates with the creative skills essential to prepare them to transfer in to a four-year program or to maintain their own studio practice. By providing students with experience in a range of art media and instructional methods, the program lays a broad foundation in studio production. The program emphasizes autonomy, knowledge of the diversity of art worldwide, and creative problem solving skills conducive not only to the making of art but also to lifelong learning.

Program  Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skillful methodology via the congruous usage of tools and materials specific to the studio media.
  2. Illustrate comprehension of the elements of art and principles of design in the creation of aesthetically sound works of art.
  3. Effectively formulate evaluations of works of art, both theirs and others, in the form of verbal critique that utilizes core visual concepts, art historical awareness, and cultural awareness relative to the studio medium.
  4. Arrange and maintain a body of work in the form of a portfolio which clearly distinguishes and supports their artistic development and maturity.

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