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Visual Arts at Northwest offers a wide variety of artistic experience to help young artists discover their true passions while preparing for transfer to the four-year college.


  • Art
  • Art Appreciation
  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Computer Art
  • Advertising Design
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Art History

Full-tuition scholarships are available for intended art majors.
Students interested in applying for the scholarship must submit a portfolio of artwork consisting of 10 pieces of art, all neatly matted; high school transcript; list of art awards, achievements or recognitions; and two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from an art instructor.

After the portfolios are reviewed by the Northwest art faculty, those students who show the strongest potential will be called in for a personal interview. After all interviews have been completed, a decision will be made and the students selected will receive a letter of notification regarding their award. Contact Lawayne House for more information.

Many colleges and universities offer programs leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts. Courses usually include core subjects such as English, social science and natural science, in addition to art history and studio art. Independent schools of art and design also offer post-secondary studio training in the craft, fine, and multimedia arts leading to certificates in the specialties or to an associate or bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Typically, these programs focus more intensively on studio work than do the academic programs in a university setting. Those who want to teach fine arts at public elementary or secondary schools usually must have a teaching certificate in addition to a bachelor’s degree.

What can I expect from a career in art?
Artists generally fall into one of four categories. Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications. Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques. Multimedia artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images on film, on video, or with computers or other electronic media.

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