Jenny Herrick, Chair
Art History is the study of art objects and their relationship to culture. Courses in art history strive to utilize local art collections, including those at the Getty Center and Villa, the Norton Simon Museum, the Huntington Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. With additional study at the graduate level, art history can lead to professional careers in college teaching, museum curatorship, fine arts librarianship, and publishing.
Studio art courses focus upon the creation of works of art: drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramic pieces and digital works. The studio art program emphasizes the concepts, materials, methods, and forms most commonly found in contemporary art. Students are guided toward mastery of technique and expression of ideas, which can be further pursued in graduate school, and lead to professional careers in fine arts, design, fashion, architecture, gallery and museum work, and teaching. Los Angeles is one of the most vital art centers of the world and serves as a rich learning resource.