The Art program provides a broad introduction to the vocabulary, media, tools, processes, styles, and themes in the visual arts.
The art curriculum teaches students to develop high levels of individual artistic awareness and expression through their study of the elements of art and principles of design that are the basis of a wide range of transfer programs. In the ever-changing world of the visual arts, using new media and tools requires in-depth understanding of and skill in traditional art-making processes to develop visual literacy, conceptual capacities, and critical thinking. Courses teach technical and formal skills, exploration of creative processes, and clear communication of visual ideas.
Pursuing a degree in Art leads students into a range of careers and opportunities in the contemporary art world. These professions include art-making in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture; teaching art at all levels of education; and working in fields such as architecture, art history, art restoration, art therapy, design (including interior, industrial, graphic, product, furniture, theater set, and others), film, galleries, illustration, museums and public art. The Art department maintains a gallery for students, NIC, and the wider community as a visual arts resource in the region. Completion of the following courses results in an associate's degree and meets the general core requirements at all Idaho public institutions. The suggested coursework below normally fulfills the first half of baccalaureate degree requirements for Art. Course selection should be tailored to match requirements defined by intended transfer institutions.