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 & 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 MACRAO certificate is built into the AFA degree, so general education courses are taken in conjunction with art courses.
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 & 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 + 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 + 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 alsohad confidence in the departments instructors to help me better myselfas an artist and a designer."
– Misty Coss
"Ifeel 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
Design students may go into careers designing cars, furniture, textiles, or websites. Or they may 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.
State of Michigan average yearly earnings: $46,580 (varies widely)
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System
National median pay for art and design jobs:
|Graphic designer ||$43,500 |
|Fine artist (painter, sculptor, illustrator) ||$43,470 |
|Multimedia artist ||$58,510 |
|K-12 art teacher ||$51,380 |
Source: 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/ooh.
Find Out More
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Art + Design program coordinator