Your Curriculum


Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Mary Girsch 503-491-7416, Room VA 30A

Lori Lorion 503-491-6967, Room VA 30C

Joseph Davis 503-491-7149, Room VA 30D

Georganne Watters 503-491-6947, Room VA 30B

Nathan Orosco, 503-491-6968, Room VA 30E

The department of Visual Arts at MHCC offers valuable and meaningful preparation in the major fine art disciplines for students interested in careers in creative design, technology, image-building and self-expression. At MHCC, students work with instructors who have earned national and international recognition as practicing artists. The department’s goals are to provide students with firm foundations in design, drawing and art history while encouraging them to explore a variety of studio disciplines. Nestled in the foothills of old growth forests with views of Mt. Hood, the visual arts studios provide a beautifully unique and inspiring setting. Classes include multiple levels in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy, cartooning, digital arts, jewelry making, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. Students will be assisted in developing art course portfolios that help to prepare them for transfer to private or public colleges, universities or art schools.

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit competence in visual communication through the process of creating art
  • Employ aesthetic and critical thinking skills when transforming concept to form
  • Identify the historical, multicultural, and contemporary context in artwork
  • Articulate ideas expressed in artwork by integrating verbal, written, and visual communication skills.

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a degree in fine arts at a college or university.* To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

*Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.  

In addition, this two-year course of study in Art is designed to meet transfer requirements for the General Fine Arts degree program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) through a formal agreement with PNCA. Interested students should contact a faculty adviser for additional information

Be sure to see one of the Visual Arts department faculty advisers to personalize this plan for your educational needs.

First Quarter Credits
ART115 Basic Design I: 2-Dimensional1 4
ART204 History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine1 4
ART231 Drawing I1 4
WR121 English Composition 4
Second Quarter
ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory1 4
ART205 History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance1 4
  Studio Course: 2D or 3-D 4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
Third Quarter
ART117 Basic Design III: 3-Dimensional1 4
ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern1 4
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
  Oral Communication2 3-4
  Social Science requirement2 3-4
Fourth Quarter
ART234 Life Drawing I 4
  Studio Course: Digital3 or 2-D 4
  Studio Course: 2D, 3-D or Digital 3 4
  Science requirement2,4 3-5
Fifth Quarter
  Studio Course: Digital3 or 3-D 4
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D 4
  Science requirement2,4 3-5
  Social Science requirement2 3-4
Sixth Quarter
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D or Digital 4
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D or Digital 4
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or
Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions

1 Required art course.
2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, page 14.
3 Computer Literacy is a requirement in this Associate of Science degree. A digital art course from ART225, ART226, ART227, ART228 or ART229 fulfills your general education Computer Literacy requirement
4 BI121 would be beneficial to all art majors. CH104 would be beneficial to ceramics majors.

2-D Studio Courses
ART115/116/117* Basic Design I, II, III
ART219 A/B/C Calligraphy
ART214 Digital Art: Page Layout
ART225/226/227** Digital Art I, II, Digital Art: 3D Animation
ART228 Digital Art: Web Design
ART229 Digital Art: Multimedia
ART231*/232/233*** Drawing I, II, III
ART234*/235/236 Life Drawing I, II, III
ART240/241 Drawing: Cartooning I, II
ART271/272/273 Printmaking I, II, III
ART281/282/283 Painting I, II, III
ART294/296/297 Watercolor I, II, III

3-D Studio Courses
ART254/255/256 Ceramics I, II, III
ART257/258/259 Jewelry Making/Metalsmithing I, II, III
ART291/292/293 Sculpture I, II, III

* Course is included as a requirement.
 ** Select from the following: ART214, ART225, ART226, ART227, ART228 or ART229 as a required course for majors. This will also fulfill your general education Computer Literacy requirement for an Associate of Science degree.
*** ART232, 233: It is highly recommended that the entire drawing sequence be completed before transfer.

Transfer Schools’ Web Links
Oregon State University –
Portland State University –
Southern Oregon University –
University of Oregon – /
Marylhurst University –
Pacific Northwest College of Art –
An articulation agreement exists with PNCA’s GFA degree program. Please see an adviser for details.
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts –

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