The Visual Arts degree program provides all students the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic studio disciplines of visual expression and to have broad exposure to the history of art in preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and a career in the visual arts. The structured curriculum emphasizes visual perception, technical acuity, knowledge of art history and contemporary issues, and artistic philosophy geared toward developing a personal aesthetic. First-year courses provide the foundation in basic material usage, artistic techniques, and concepts, and the second year follows with advanced studio disciplines and the creation of a student portfolio, as well as the Capstone Exhibition. Students successfully completing the AA in Visual Arts degree program will be prepared to enter most baccalaureate programs as third-year students (and be eligible to matriculate into programs with which NHTI has formal articulation agreements), and will have a professional portfolio for both future educational and employment purposes.
Our graduates and transfers have respectively been accepted by the University of Utah, Savannah College of Arts & Design, Maine College of Art & Design, UMass Lowell, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, MassArt and New England School of Photography.
Students matriculating into the Visual Arts program have declared interest in pursuing careers in Art Education, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Illustration, Film Making, Advertising & Marketing, Graphic Design, Concept Art, Commercial Photography, Animation, Industrial Design, Theater Set Design, Costume Design, Sustainable Fashion Design, Art History, and Art Therapy.
VRTS 290 Visual Arts Capstone Practicum 1-0-1
A capstone experience in which students will create an independent body of work and demonstrate their ability, present it in a professional manner, document the artwork photographically, curate their exhibition, and write their Artist Statement. The work from the Capstone Exhibition is a critical component in the student's Program Exit Portfolio. The student selects a member of the Visual Arts faculty to oversee the student's progress through scheduled critiques, demonstrations, and discussions. Emphasis will be on the marriage of conceptual content with technical competence in the selected mediums.
The Visual Arts program currently resides in a 5,600 sq ft space at the Smokestack Complex, located at 254 North State Street, Concord. The facility has two drawing/painting/sculpture studios, ceramic studio and double kiln room, photo film lab, and a ten-station darkroom. The Smokestack offers over 35 parking spaces and unlimited access for conducting classes. Our space is ADA compliant. All of the lecture classes in Art History, Intro to Digital Photography and Introduction to Photoshop continue to be conducted at NHTI.