Program Description

The Art Program at Cecil College offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) and an Associate of Arts (AA) in Art and Design. Students may declare multiple concentrations in the following areas: art history, ceramics and sculpture, drawing and painting, graphic design, interactive and motion arts, photography, digital arts, and studio arts.

The option to study a variety of disciplines prepares students for transfer and leads to careers in the following visual arts fields: fine arts, art education, animation, art therapy, graphic design, curatorial studies, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. It is recommended that students contact the fine arts program coordinator and art faculty to identify transfer institutions and art concentrations before selecting electives.

For more information about programs in fine arts, visit arts.cecil.edu.

Degree Programs

Art and Design with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Arts)

The Associate of Arts in Art and Design provides the foundation for transfer into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program at a four-year college or university. It prepares students for initial employment or career advancement in the following areas: fine arts, illustration, commercial arts, K-12 art education, curatorial and museum studies, model making and special effects, 3-D digital arts, decorative arts, art therapy, advertising, graphic arts, animation, clay animation, art direction, arts administration, fashion design, interior design, or photography. Students should consult with the fine arts program coordinator and art faculty early in their academic program to determine which electives will best meet their needs.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

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Fine Arts with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Fine Arts)

The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design provides the foundation coursework and studio expertise that parallels the first two years of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Art and Design, the professional degree in the Art and Design field. Upon completion of the AFA, students will have created an artistic portfolio of work to transfer to a college, university or art school. The program prepares students with an intensive studio-based curriculum stressing the development of artistic techniques and critical thinking skills. Students study a variety of art disciplines preparing them for continued study in Art and Design leading to careers in the following fields: fine art, art education, art therapy, graphic design, curatorial studies, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. Students may concentrate their studies in subjects including animation, ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Students should consult with art faculty early in their academic program to determine which electives will best meet their needs.

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Certificate Programs

Ceramics

This program provides a comprehensive foundation in ceramics for individuals seeking professional development or self-enrichment, or is for individuals planning continued study in the field of ceramics. Students will learn a variety of building, decorating and firing techniques and begin to develop their own creative vision.

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Drawing and Painting

This program provides a strong foundation in the area of drawing. Emphasis is on the development of observational skills, technical ability and ultimate application to envisioned images. Students work with various techniques and materials to create convincing illusions of three-dimensional forms and spatial depth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a major in the arts right for me?

If you have creative instincts, a passion for the arts and an eye for design, then a major in the arts may be just the right fit! Of course, if you love to design, paint, draw, build or sculpt, that is a great start. You also need determination, a strong work ethic and good communication skills.

Why major in the arts at Cecil College?

Whether you are interested in the visual or performing arts, Cecil College has you covered. Small class sizes and excellent facilities provide the perfect environment to explore and study the arts. A rigorous curriculum will prepare you for transfer or career as an arts professional. Monthly gallery exhibitions and performances bring artists to campus and yield opportunities for students. At Cecil College, students acquire the knowledge needed to succeed in any arts-related career.

What can I do with an arts degree?

As an arts major, you will refine your creative abilities and learn how to put them to work in the real world. If you follow your artistic passion and work hard, an arts degree can lead you to a profitable career in a variety of areas.

What careers can I pursue as an arts major?

Here are a few examples of career paths/job titles:

  • Art Critic/Writer
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Management
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Gallery Director
  • Ceramicist
  • Cartoonist
  • Corporate, Museum, University Curator
  • Fine Arts Appraiser
  • Art Therapist
  • Administrator, Industry Consultant
  • Costume Designer
  • Foundry Owner/Operator
  • Model Maker
  • Freelance Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Artist and Designer
  • Photographer
  • Web Designer
  • Painter
  • Product or Package Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Studio or Lab Technician
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Art Instructor
  • Exhibit/Set Designer
  • Furniture, Fashion, or Interior Designer
  • Muralist

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.

Transfer

Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.

Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Daniel Krukosky
Department Chair, Arts & Communications
M.S., Wilmington University
(443) 674-1973
dkrukosky@cecil.edu

Jonathan Cone
Assistant Professor of Visual Communications
M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
(443) 674-1470
jcone@cecil.edu

Mark Donohue
Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A., University of Delaware
(443) 674-1956
mdonohue@cecil.edu

Adam Jacono
Assistant Professor of Visual Communications
M.F.A., East Carolina University
(443) 674-1450
ajocono@cecil.edu

Lauren Vanni
Ceramics & Sculpture
M.F.A., University of Delaware
M.Ed., Arcadia University
(443) 907-1380
lvanni@cecil.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Cecil College's adjunct fine arts faculty are working professionals who bring real world experience into the classroom.