Why do you create? What do you create? Where do you create your art? Answer these questions as you make decisions that will lead you to a career as a Fine Artist. If you want to give form to your imagination, join us at Barton Community College. The Art Program offers a remarkable creative community that builds on individual classes and extraordinary teachers. It is an environment that blends the expected into a whirl of perceptions that lead to new ways of thinking, doing, seeing and making. 

There is a joy that comes from being a maker. Perhaps it is a part of why you create art. Its is a part of why the art faculty at BCC creates and teaches. We find satisfaction in the art we create and the students we influence in our classrooms and studios. The instructors are dedicated professional artists with the ability to create in a variety of media. The Art Program provides studios and classrooms dedicated to Painting, Art History, Art Appreciation, Drawing, Ceramics, and Digital Graphics. You will be immersed in creating and learning about art. The language of art, critical thinking skills, and a broader understanding of materials and techniques awaits you. The Capstone course in your graduating semester will enable you to launch your carrier as an artist or pursue higher education. The Art Program will prepare you to graduate with an Associate's Degree in Art. You will be ready to apply to an institution of higher learning to pursue your advanced degree. 

So what are you waiting for? Give a call. Let us help you to be a maker, a creator and do what you love to do!

Why Barton?

  • Learn from award winning instructors Bill Forst 
  • Learn from the internationally known painter Philip Jacobson 
  • Well-equipped painting, drawing, and ceramic facilities
  • New Digital Graphics emphasis with new Digital Graphics studio. 
  • Guest artists present lectures and in class demonstrations.
  • Access to monthly exhibits by national and regional artists.
  • Access to nationally renowned Shafer Art Gallery


Barton has a program for you. You can choose to specialize in digital graphic design, education, photography, ceramics, painting and drawing. These Art Program Emphasis areas are 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-start 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 Phillip Jacobson

$2,000, $1000 and $670 scholarships are available to be awarded, as well as work study opportunities in the Shafer Art Gallery or Art Department.

Career Choices

Studio artist, digital 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. Interwoven into this course of study is the fostering of critical thinking abilities. 

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.

Curriculum Guides

2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use 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: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

Associate in Arts Degree
2020-2022 Art 
2020-2022 Art Education
2020-2022 Digital Graphics 
2020-2022 Digital Photography