Upon entering the program, students elect one of three courses of study, a broad-based multi-media fine art program, called the Fine Art Core track, or one of two tracks that supplement core classes by specializing in a particular medium. The Fine Art Imaging and Photography track offers the essential technical curriculum of the Photography and Imaging Department with selected studies in camera, lighting, traditional black-and-white and color film (lab and printing), and digital imaging. The Fine Art Painting and Illustration track enhances the student's representational and rendering skills with expanded foundation, illustration, drawing, and painting courses. These two tracks focus on fine art practice yet provide an opportunity to expand one's skills and develop a commercial portfolio.
In the twenty-first century new forms of art are dissolving boundaries with design, mass media, film, music, and the performing arts. Innovation Trans-disciplinary Studios in the Fine Art Media Department encourages art majors to work with faculty and students from other Art Center departments.
Recently, our trans-disciplinary courses have explored a wide array of issues, from identity and portraiture to the cultural representation of nature to situating the grotesque and abject in painting, literature, music, and cinema.
Art Center College of Design is pleased to announce an extraordinary new dimension to their fine art program. The Grand Tour of Europe has long been the preferred finishing school and muse of young American writers and artists. Sojourns in Western Europe inspired master works by such talents as Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald. In the interdependent world of the Twentieth Century, where art markets and artist careers cross nations and continents, the concept of the Grand Tour seems more relevant than ever.
Art Center's Grand Tour will take 15 select students with 3 faculty members to Europe in the summer of 2007 to experience unique cultural treasures and prominent international art exhibitions. Students will have the privilege of viewing Europe's rich collections in context, encountering works they've only seen in textbooks and art magazines. We believe this powerful experience can influence and transform perspectives, values, and art careers, and we consider it a vital component in an artist's education.
As a professional school, Fine Art Media offers students the chance to study with practicing artists from the Los Angeles community through a variety of critique and visitation classes.
In One on One, three faculty meet with an individual student three times, during a term, to discuss the students on-going work. Dialogues with Visiting Artists is a multiple faculty class designed around a specific theme or medium, such a film/video, sculpture or painting. Studio Visits provides students with an opportunity to visit and talk with professional visual artists in their working studios.
Recent Visiting Artists include: Vito Acconci, Judie Bamber, Andrea Bowers, Rebecca Campbell, Carol Caroompas, Lawrence Carroll, Meg Cranston, Roy Dowell, Tim Ebner, Kim Fisher, Morgan Fisher, Martin Kersels, Lisa Lapinski, Sharon Lockhart, Monica Majoli, Dan McCleary, Sandeep Mukherjee, Laura Owens, Lari Pittman, T Kelly Mason, Al Ruppersberg, Lara Schnitger, Jennifer Steinkamp, Diana Thater, Monique Van Genderen, Tom Wudl, and Andrea Zittel.