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The Visual Arts Program

The Visual Arts will prepare students to identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design in various mediums, including 2D, 3D, and new media.

Visual Arts Program Resources


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Art Galleries

The Patty McMullen-Mikles Gallery demonstrates a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, featuring both nationally recognized artists and emerging artists, providing opportunities for the presentation of art in all media. Formerly the Verde Art Gallery, the gallery has been dedicated in celebration and honor of beloved Artist, YC Art Professor, and gallery founder Patty McMullen-Mikles.

The Patty McMullen-Mikles Gallery is located on the Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale, Arizona. The beautiful 950 sq ft space with high ceilings features sweeping views of the Verde Valley and abundant natural lighting. Track lighting and professional displays present the art in a museum quality setting.

The gallery is easily accessible and visited by many students, community members, and out-of-town guests. Come visit us and experience the arts at Yavapai College!”

The Patty McMullen-Mikles Gallery

The Prescott Art Gallery "offers an experience of excellence, diversity, and vitality in the realm of fine contemporary visual art. The gallery features work by YC art students, art faculty, local artists, and nationally known artists in exhibits that support art education”

Prescott Art Gallery


The Associate of Arts in Fine Arts (AAFA) in Visual Arts degree requires the completion of 62 credit hours. This degree enables 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 AAFA in Visual Arts will prepare students to identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design in various mediums, including 2D, 3D, and new media. This degree outline provides the list of fine arts core requirement courses

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.

Note: Students interested in a transfer program should see an academic advisor for an educational plan, since this degree is primarily designed to prepare students directly for employment.


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The Media and Extended Realities Certificate offers students a comprehensive curriculum focused on digital design, extended realities (XR) development, and 3D modeling. Students will learn about architecture, lighting, sound design, hardware components for XR, 3D visualization software, and will culminate their studies with an experiential capstone project. This program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the field of digital design and extended realities.

Short Term Certificates

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.

Additional Program Information

Start at Yavapai College - Finish at the university of your choice

We are dedicated to helping students get started at Yavapai College and transfer into the university program that will fit their goals. Through our transfer partnerships and tools we can help you prepare for your next steps. 

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Visual Arts Scholarship - Art scholarships are open to students pursuing degrees or certificates in the Fine Arts, Graphic Design, or Photography programs.

Invest in a brighter future. Explore financial aid, scholarships, payment options and grants. Click here for finacial aid infomation

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