Art Programs

Art / Graphic Design / Photography / Web Design

Career/Program Degree

RCTC’s Art + Design programs prepare students for opportunities as studio artists, photographers, digital artists, graphic designers, interactive designers, and web designers. The programs focus on artistic creation using traditional and electronic media. The degree programs consist of a liberal art core and offer programs of study in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Web Design. The certificate program allows students to focus on Photography.


Depending on which degree or certificate option selected, coursework may include: Drawing I and II, 2D Design, 3D Design, Painting I and II, Ceramics I and II, Photography I, Darkroom Photography, Photography II, Studio Lighting Techniques, Computer as a Creative Media, Graphic Design I and II, Typography, Digital Art I and II, Animation and 3D Modeling, Web Design I and II, Motion Graphics I and II, Directed Studio, and Art Portfolio.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Art + Design programs offer several different areas of emphasis and degree options. These options include: Art, Associate in Fine Arts Degree Program; Graphic Design, Associate in Science Degree Program; Web Design, Associate in Science Degree Program; Photography, Certificate Program.

Program Start Date(s)

Programs can be started when courses start at the beginning of any semester. Some courses may be offered only once a year. Check the RCTC catalog for course availability by semester. Consult your academic advisor for your program of study.

Career Opportunities/Information

Studio Artists

Studio artists work in traditional art media including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Most of a Studio Artist’s day is spent creating artwork, arranging shows, and preparing work for exhibition. They create work to display and sell in galleries. Studio Artists can also work in galleries, art centers, and provide artwork to collections.

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers combine text and graphics in order to communicate a message. Most of a Graphic Designer’s day is spent researching needs, sketching solutions, or creating designs for logos, layouts, and environments. They provide solutions to their client’s visual communication problems.

Web Designers / Interaction Designers

Web and Interaction designers combine text and graphics to create functional and compelling web sites for their clients. Most of a Web Designer’s day is spent researching needs, testing the usability, developing design solutions, or implementing web sites. They provide clients with a functional web site that communicates the messages the client intends.


Photopgraphers create lens-based images using both digital and analog materials. Most of a Photographer’s day is spent creating images, networking, or managing a business. Photographers make images for clients, for publication, or for exhibition. Photographers are often self-employed or work as an in-house photographer for a business.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. An articulation agreement for Art, Associate in Fine Arts Degree Program has been established between RCTC and Winona State University.

An articulation agreement for the Web Design and Development AS has been established with Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Articulation agreements for the Graphic Design AS Degree Program and the Interaction Design AS Degree Program have been established with Metropolitan State University.

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Photography Cert 26 Overview content updated: 2017-04-27