Applied Visual Arts

Why Applied Visual Arts at DCTC?

The Applied Visual Arts program at DCTC will prepare you for a strong career in commercial art and design. A unique combination of courses builds a solid foundation in the traditional techniques of drawing and painting while offering instruction in digital art production using computer graphics programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. You will learn the design process you need to explore, plan, design and produce visual solutions for communication objectives. That process wil get you grounded in tried-and-true art techniques, design principles, creative problem solving, concept development, illustration, typography and layout. You will hone the skills necessary for an entry-level position in the commercial art field. Employment opportunities are found across a range of related industries, including marketing, publishing, advertising and animation.

Quick Facts

  • Median pay for fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators, in the U.S. is nearly $54,000/year. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Employment for fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators, in Minnesota is expected to grow by 11.9 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is 4 percent faster than the rest of the U.S. (ISEEK Careers).

  • Instructor Gwen Partin, has a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Calif. She has more than 20 years of experience in professional marketing, design and illustration; check out her bio.

  • About 59 percent of fine artists in Minnesota are self-employed.

  • Illustrators market their work across a huge array of outlets, including advertisements, greeting cards, posters, textbooks, children's books, graphic novels, storyboards, instruction manuals, infographics, magazine stories, T-shirts, video games, comics, cartoons, newspapers, billboards and more.

  • The Applied Visual Arts program has been preparing students for careers in the commericial art field for 36 years.