Riverside City College is proud of its comprehensive program in the visual arts. The diverse offerings include classes in studio fine arts (drawing, design, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture), in commercial art (illustration, animation), and in art history (ancient, contemporary, European, non-Western). Those who successfully complete the program are awarded an associate degree or a certificate in animation or illustration. Our mission: to prepare RCC graduates to continue their education at a four-year institution, to pursue their own artistic endeavors, or simply to appreciate the power of art in daily life.
Our arts program extends beyond formal art classes. In the fall and spring semesters, students may attend lectures and workshops by guest artists and enjoy field trips to museums, galleries, and art schools. The academic year culminates in the annual Student Honors Exhibition, which recognizes some of RCC’s most talented students. Several exhibitions of work by both students and professionals are held in the Art Gallery on the Riverside campus. The Art Club and the Clay Club sponsor student scholarships and play an active role in these extracurricular activities.
The faculty, many of them working artists as well as experienced teachers, are committed to providing students with a strong fundamental background in the practice and study of the visual arts.
Our students are a lasting testament to the quality of education offered at RCC; a significant number go on to pursue higher degrees at educational institutions across the nation. With our outstanding faculty and staff, they create a nurturing and exciting community for those interested in the visual arts.