Visual Arts Degrees

The Visual Arts department has a wide range of classes that provide conceptual and technical training. With our degree students are ready for a four year visual arts program or will have the skills and knowledge to set up an engaging studio of their own. We provide professional development instruction as well as opportunities to learn from a variety of resources including visiting artists, multi-level courses, online support and learning out in the field.

Day, evening, and weekend classes for part-time or full-time students include the areas of painting, drawing, design, ceramics, photography, art history and art appreciation.

The Visual Arts program offers the following degrees


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  • Studio Art AA Degree (Designated Degree)
  • Art History AA Degree (Designated Degree)

Associate of Arts: Studio Art

In collaboration with Colorado 4-year schools, Colorado has developed a statewide guaranteed transfer program called "gtPathways" to create seamless transfer.

Career Paths / Options in Visual Arts

The skills learned with a Visual Arts degree can help lay the groundwork for being a professional artist. This includes creating a regular studio practice, learning to be self-disciplined and motivated, promoting ones work through exhibitions and grants and overseeing your own business.

Other career paths can be created through sole proprietorship businesses for broad or niche markets or related fields such as: architectural design, interior design, landscape design, printmaker, gallery assistant, exhibition designer, curator, art appraiser, art consultant, art studio assistant, theatre production, art castings, garden ornaments, utilitarian casting and more.

Problem solving and technical skills explored in Visual Arts classes have applications in industrial design and industries with mold making and fabrication.

  • Art Teacher
  • Art Teacher Assistant
  • Ceramicist
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Fine Artist
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Gallery Director
  • Gallery Owner
  • Gallery Photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Jewelry Maker/Designer
  • Mural Artist
  • Painter
  • Potter
  • Sculptor
  • Sign Painter
  • Sketch Artist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Wood Crafter
  • Workshop Coordinator


About Red Rocks Community College: We are a two-year college with two beautiful campuses located in Lakewood and Arvada. With the help of our supportive learning community of faculty and staff, we offer flexible online, weekend, self-paced, accelerated and traditional classes that transfer easily to any four-year college in Colorado. RRCC is a community college that provides degrees and certificates for new or returning students, and concurrent enrollment for high school students since 1969.