The theory behind Barton Community College’s Art Program is a simple one — foster your creativity by developing an awareness of the visual arts. We guide and challenge you to develop your unique artistic abilities and personal style. You’ll be exposed to two- and three-dimensional art in a variety of media and styles. To do this, we stress a solid foundation in design principles and technical skills, preparing you to pursue a career right after Barton, enter a university art program or enroll in a professional art school.

The demand for creative minds in our society is greater than ever, and the notion that a career in art leads only to teaching is a thing of the past. There is a place for a creative individual like you.

Why Barton?

  • Learn from nationally recognized instructors Bill Forst and Philip Jacobson 
  • Well equipped painting, drawing, and ceramic facilities
  • State-of the art graphic design and commercial art labs
  • Guest artists present lectures and in class demonstrations
  • Access to monthly exhibits by national and regional artists
  • Access to nationally renowned Shafer Art Gallery
  • Field trips to Kansas City, Wichita, Denver, and Santa Fe


Whatever your educational or career aspirations, Barton has a program for you. You can choose to specialize in graphic design, education, photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, interior design or sculpture in programs designed to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or art institute.

Regardless of which way you go, Barton offers you an affordable, quality jump on your educational or professional goals. Scholarships and departmental awards are also available.

Scholarship Opportunities

Apply today for an Art Program Scholarship awarded by the department! 

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To qualify for an Art Program Scholarship, applicants must submit or complete the following items:

- Art Program Scholarship Application including a letter of intent
- Digital portfolio of 10 or more artworks
- Campus visit including an interview with Bill Forst or Scott Arthur

$2,000, and $620 scholarships are available to be awarded, as well as work study opportunities in the Shafer Art Gallery or Art Department.

Career Choices

Studio artist, graphic designer, computer artist, interior designer, museum curator, art therapist, comic book artist, art critic, cinematographer, photojournalist, web page designer, freelance artist, art dealer, educator

Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum Guides

The Art curriculum offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in personal expression and creative sensitivity through studies in various fine and applied artistic disciplines. The art department curriculum is constructed around the philosophy that awareness in the visual arts is developed by experiencing a solid foundation based on courses in areas of two and three-dimensional art, a variety of different media and techniques, and various digital imaging and computer applications.

The Art curriculum is open to students interested in art and culture and provides a course of study leading to an Associate in Arts Degree. This curriculum is a general guide if plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree of Art or Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree at a college or university. Your advisor will help you plan courses that will meet the specific requirements of your transfer school.

Graphic designers find employment in a variety of settings, which include advertising, independent graphic studios, publishing houses, printing companies, service bureaus, newspapers, magazine publishers, financial/insurance institutions, television, fashion and movie studios. Advertising is an integral part of the business system, with major corporations spending over $100 million on web sites, ads, and commercials for print, broadcast, the Internet, and outdoor media. Well-trained, talented artists who have a mastery of artistic materials, techniques, different media's and skills, and knowledge of computer software are more likely to gain full-time employment. Barton County Community College can adjust your curriculum to prepare you for transfer to the college or university of your choice.

Curriculum Guides

2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Summer 2020 should use the following Curriculum Guide.

Associate in Arts Degree
2018-2020 Art 
2018-2020 Art Education
2018-2020 Graphic Design
2018-2020 Photography 

2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program Summer 2020 or after should use the following Curriculum Guide.

Associate in Arts Degree
2020-2022 Art 
2020-2022 Art Education
2020-2022 Graphic Design 
2020-2022 Photography