Program - Art

Liberal Arts – Art Transfer
Students planning to pursue an Art degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and elective courses that prepare them for transfer. Art courses can apply toward humanities and elective requirements for the Associate of Arts degree. The study of Art at Kirkwood inspires students to develop their curiosity, sensitivity, and understanding of traditional and emerging forms of Fine Art through a vibrant environment of collaboration and continual focus on critiques, discussions, portffolio building, and exhibit opportunities.

Academic Advising: Students interested in studying Art work with the Advising and Transfer Center staff for course selection. Faculty members are also available to assist with course selection as needed. Kirkwood has articulation agreements with all three state universities and many other four-year institutions in the state, including a 2+2 agreement with the University of Iowa. It is recommended that you look closely with your advisor to ensure that you are aware of specific requirements for the institution you will attend, such as foreign language, laboratory science, diversity and grade point average.

Support from the Department: The art curriculum provides a creative environment that is at once supportive and challenging and underpinned by excellent teaching to offer a disciplined approach to the study of art and design that encourages students blend their talents, technical skills, and creative aspirations with professional knowledge in preparation for transfer and/or personal achievement. Art department faculty and staff are available to discuss specific courses, independent study, portfolios, and honors projects. In addition, students who declare Art as their transfer interest will be notified of gallery art exhibits and publication and exhibition opportunities.

Scholarships: Three Kirkwood awards are designated for Art students: the Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships, the Ira and Doris Larson Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, and the Madeline Roemig Bendorf Endowed Scholarship. Recipients are chosen through portfolio reviews.  Please contact Arbe Bareis at for a portfolio review.

Transfer Plan: To transfer to a four-year college or university and major in Art there, complete the Kirkwood Liberal Arts A.A. degree. Fulfilling electives with credits in drawing, painting, design, digital art, photography, digital photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, and art history provides opportunities to explore the discipline of Art, build your resume and portfolio, and prepare for transfer. The Art faculty have prepared a suggested plan of study as a guide. To view the plan, click here.
For more information contact:
Jennifer Bradley, Dean of Arts and Humanities
336 Cedar Hall

Karla Scriven, Department Coordinator
336 Cedar Hall

Advising and Transfer Center - Cedar Rapids Main Campus
108 Iowa Hall

Student Services - Iowa City Campus
112 Credit Center