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Visual & Media Arts

Art

The Art Department of Los Angeles City College offers a solid and extensive foundation in Studio Art, Art History and Design. Our studio arts courses will provide a solid foundation in the various areas of studio art, including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Courses in animation, web design, graphic design, and new media prepare our students for careers.

Our program prepares students for upper division study at a four-year university or art school and/or to earn an Associate of Arts degree, or Certificate of Achievement.  Secondary objectives include portfolio preparation for students seeking admission to the Arts and Entertainment industry and other two-year vocational training programs.  We have a high transfer rate to prominent universities, like UCLA and USC, the Cal State system, and arts colleges around the nation, including Otis College of Art and Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, Art Center College of Design, and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). 

We pride ourselves on having an interdisciplinary program with our prize-winning Media Arts area (Photography and Journalism), allowing our visual artists to engage with print and online publications. The Visual & Media Arts Department collaborates closely with the Cinema Department in our Animation offerings.

Career Options

We prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in the Fine Arts, Art History, Design, and Illustration including: Fine Artists, art teachers, gallery owners and managers, curators, installers, web and digital artists, art critics and bloggers, and junior positions in emerging technologies and the film industry.

Art History career opportunities include: museum related careers such as museum curators, installers, restorers, archivists, librarians, registrars, Art acquisitions and loans, Art Law, Art History Professors etc. 

Design careers are available in all media, such as web design, environmental design, entertainment design, product design, graphic design, architectural design, and illustration for all media. Other career options could be advertising artist, art administrator, furniture designer, courtroom sketcher, medical illustrator, animator and toy designer.

Mission

We educate developing artists and art professionals to become socially-engaged, culturally-aware, and technically proficient in their chosen areas. We support and challenge students as they develop broad-based technical and critical-thinking skills.

 Contact Us

Laurel Paley
Department Chair
CHEM 119C
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2519
paleylh@lacitycollege.edu

Nicole Belle
Department Vice Chair (Media Arts)
CHEM 105 / 119D
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2830
bellent@lacitycollege.edu

Photography Labs
Chemistry 010
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2833

 Office Hours

Laurel Paley
Office Hours: 
Tuesday & Thursday: 9am - 10:30am

Photography Facility Hours
Monday: 1pm - 9pm No Lab
Tuesday - Thursday: 9am - 4pm, 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 9am - 3:30pm

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Phone: 323.953.4000

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Emergency: 323.953.2911