Art Department

The Fine Art program offers quality instruction based on design principles with art courses covering a wide variety of disciplines.

Earn an Associate of Fine Arts, an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, a Graphic Design certificate or prepare for university transfer.


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Art Scholarship

Art Scholarships

Art scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees or certificates in Fine Arts or Graphic Design programs.

Scholarship applications are available during the Spring semester of each academic year.

Complete online Art Scholarship Application


 
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 Degree: AAS in Fine Arts

Associate of Applied Science Degrees:

AAS in Fine Arts

The Associate of Arts in Fine Arts degree requires completion of 64 credit hours. This degree is designed to enable a student to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution. Students following this degree program will complete university-parallel requirements in general education that will fulfill all lower division general education requirements at the Arizona universities. The AFA degree will also allow students as declared fine arts majors to fulfill their lower division major requirements at Yavapai College. This degree outline provides the list of fine arts core requirement courses.

 Degree: AAS in Graphic Design

Associate of Applied Science Degrees:

AAS in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design degree program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in the commercial art and advertising fields. This degree program prepares students with the design principles and desktop publishing skills required for employment in today's job market.

 Certificate: Graphic Design Technician

Certificate:

Graphic Design Technician

Completion of this program of study prepares students for entry-level employment in printing and design firms.

Students will develop technical competencies in print, digital imaging, and website design using Adobe Creative Suite. Application of basic design principles.

 Certificate: Photography

Certificate:

Photography

The Photography certificate focuses on proficiency in analog and digital photography skills, basic design skills, and marketing skills to prepare students for entry-level employment in the various photography fields.

Students will develop technical competencies in analog and digital photographic processes.

Departments

 Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Degree program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in the commercial art and advertising fields. Areas of emphasis include design, illustration, digital photography. Students explore design principles, develop desktop publishing skills, and prepare portfolios required for employment in today's rapidly expanding job market.

Course opportunities include:

  • Two Dimensional Design
  • Color Theory
  • Graphic Design
  • Magazine Production
  • Commercial Photography
  • Design Software
  • Digital Photography
  • Internships

Two-Year Degree

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Degree Program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in the commercial art and advertising fields. This degree program prepares students with the design principles and desktop publishing skills required for employment in today's job market.

Students interested in a transfer program should see the fine arts advisor or counselor for an educational plan, since this degree is primarily designed to prepare students for employment.


One-Year Certificate

Advanced Certificate Program

Completion of this program of study prepares students for entry-level employment in small printing and design firms.

Students will develop competencies in basic layout and typography skills using desktop publishing software while applying basic design elements.

Both the degree and the certificate time frames are contingent on students beginning a particular course of study in the fall semester.


Completion of the certificate program of study prepares students for entry level employment in small printing and design firms. Classes are available on the Prescott Campus.

 Photography

The Photography Program offers quality instruction based on design principles with fine art and commercial applications. The Program covers traditional, film based photography; digital photography; digital editing and output; and photographic lighting.


Traditional Photography

Traditional, film based photography is offered on five levels from beginning through advanced projects. Although the emphasis is on fine art, black and white exhibition quality photography, color film and commercial applications are addressed through out all levels.

Students are required to have a single lens reflex (SLR) 35mm film camera with manually adjustable aperture, shutter speed and focus to complete the assigned projects. Fully automatic, “point and shoot” and digital cameras do not meet the requirements for these courses. Students will also provide some of their own supplies including film, photographic papers, and presentation materials.

These are concentrated courses that require considerable dedication by the student. The average student dedicates approximately nine hours per week to these courses in addition to classroom hours.


Digital Photography

Digital photography is offered on three levels, beginning, intermediate, and advanced. The emphasis in these courses is on commercial, color applications but fine art and black and white applications are also addressed throughout all levels. Students are required to use a single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera with manually adjustable aperture, shutter speed and focus to complete the assigned projects. Adobe© Photoshop© courses are required as prerequisites at all levels.


Digital Editing and Output

The Adobe© Photoshop© digital image-editing program is taught on the beginning and intermediate levels. These courses are prerequisites or co-requites for many art courses with a digital emphasis. In addition, courses in digital imaging, supporting the Graphic Design degree program, and digital photomontage, supporting the Fine Arts degree program, are available.

Digital output is taught for both fine art and commercial applications. Digital Pre-press covers the commercial output processes while Digital Printing Technology addresses fine art output with an emphasis on giclée prints.


Photographic Lighting

The Photographic Lighting course is designed to support both the traditional and digital approach to our program. The emphasis is on commercial applications but fine art applications are also addressed. Students may use traditional film and/or digital cameras and output in this class.

 Threshold Magazine

Student writing, artwork and page designs come alive each Spring in Threshold, the creative arts magazine published annually by Yavapai College. The layout and design is produced by the Graphic Design II and Magazine Production classes.


Current Issue Now Available

Threshold Magazine 2012All pdf downloads require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Go to www.adobe.com to get a free version.


Download Past Issues

Threshold Magazine 2009

2009 Cover by Jeremy Higgins click to download (7.4mb)


Threshold Magazine 2008

2008 Cover by Spenser Palmer click to download (5.4mb)


Threshold Magazine 2007

2007 Cover by Brendan Kelly click to download (4.7mb)


Threshold Magazine 2006

2006 Cover by Noe Kaur click to download (4.4mb)