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Visual & Media Arts


The Art Department of Los Angeles City College offers a solid and extensive foundation in Studio Art, Art History and Design.

Our mission

To 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.

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.

Our studio arts courses will provide a solid foundation in the various areas of studio art, including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

We pride ourselves on having an interdisciplinary program, consisting of Media Arts and Visual Arts. Our prize winning journalism program allows visual artists to engage with print, and online media. The Visual & Media Arts Department allows for close collaboration with the Cinema Department. The Art Department has a high transfer rate to prominent universities, like UCLA, USC, and Cal Arts. 

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. 

Programs and Degrees

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate of Arts (AA-T) and Associate of Science (AS-T Degrees for Transfer make it easier for you to transfer to a California State University to earn a bachelor degree. Earning an AA-T or AS-T degree at LACC guarantees you admission to the CSU system with junior standing and prepares you to complete a Bachelor degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.

  • Art History, AA-T Degree
  • Studio Arts, AA-T
Certificates of Achievement

Our Certificates of Achievement give you the knowledge and training you need to enter a specialized career or enhance your skills for advancement in your job. Coursework completed while earning a Certificate can also be applied to an Associate Degree to further increase your employability.

Through our Studio Arts coursework you will get a solid foundation in the various areas of studio art, including ceramics, drawing, jewelry and craft, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Our Art History classes will teach you to apply fundamental art and art historical terminology, and to analyze works, in order to articulate the historical, social, and aesthetic functions of art.

 Contact Us

Laurel Paley
Department Chair
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2519

Daniel Marlos
Department Vice Chair
CHEM 022
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2835

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

 Office Hours

Laurel Paley
Office Hours: 

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

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911