About the program
Delta College's Art + Design program emphasizes a strong foundation in art and design education by combining theory with hands-on learning. Courses are chronologically sequenced to prepare you for later specializations in a variety of art, art history and design fields. After completing the Art and Design program requirements you will receive an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree.
As a first year student, you will take nationally required foundations courses in two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, art history and drawing. During your second year, you will select from a variety of courses in art history, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, graphic design and photography.
The College’s Art Gallery offers a year-round exhibition schedule featuring professional shows, formal artist lectures and informal gallery talks. You will have the opportunity to have your work highlighted during an annual Delta Art and Design Student Exhibition. Student work is featured in a national Annual League of Innovation exhibit, annual League of Innovation art and design competitions, as well as in regional shows. Returning students have an opportunity to apply for a variety of Art and Design scholarships and graduates may apply for the Peter and Suzanne Frantz Award.
Upon graduation, some students successfully pursue entry-level art and design jobs at regional art galleries, design businesses, photography studios and/or printing businesses. And 70 percent of Art and Design program AFA degree graduates transfer into four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in any number of fields including animation, apparel design, art education, art history, art therapy, car design, furniture design, graphic design, package design, textile design and web design. Some of the colleges our students regularly transfer to include Central Michigan University, College for Creative Studies, Kendall College of Art & Design, Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
What are students saying?
"I've always thought of myself as a creative person, but being able to physically and mentally push myself in class has definitely helped my skills skyrocket. I've developed my own style and can now incorporate 'myself' into all of the pieces I create."
– Elise Poirier
"I chose Delta's Art and Design program because I knew I would be getting amore personalized education than I would at a bigger school. I also had confidence in the department's instructors to help me better myself as an artist and a designer."
– Misty Coss
"I feel more ready than ever. After a failed attempt at another unnamed college, Delta and their great staff have helped me figure out what I want to do in life."
– Ty Carson
Careers and job outlook
Students might go into careers designing cars, furniture, textiles or websites. Or they might become illustrators or animators. Students in the art track could become painters, sculptors, ceramicists or photographers. Students can also opt for careers in art therapy, teaching art to K-12 children or teaching art history at the community college level.
National median pay for art and design jobs:
|Graphic designer ||$45,900 |
|Fine artist (painter, sculptor, illustrator) ||$43,890 |
|Multimedia artist ||$63,630 |
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Find out more
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Art + Design program coordinator