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    Marshalltown Community College: Associate in Arts


    • Listing Type: Colleges & Universities
    • Top Majors: Art and Design, Health Care, Skilled Trades and Construction, Liberal Arts
    • Type: Community
    • Degrees Awarded: 2 Year
    • Campus Setting: Suburban
    • Testing Requirements: ACT, SAT, Test Optional
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
    • Gender: Coed
    • Country: United States
    • In State Tuition: $4,416
    • Out of State Tuition: $4,800
    • Delivery: Day, Residential, Online
    • Religious Affiliation: None
    • CEEB: 6394
    • IPED: 153922
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    MCC’S ART PROGRAM offers a two-year Fine Arts Associate of Arts transfer degree (AA) for those who want to transfer their credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university. We also offer a two-year Liberal Arts Associate of Arts transfer degree for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.


    We have two studios on campus, and the newest is a large, open space with concrete floors ideal for dripping paint and getting really expressive! You will have all the room you need to work as large as you want, and all in great lighting. Oftentimes, our art students will spend time in the studios outside of their regular class schedules.

    In the middle of the campus, we have the Ray Frederick Art Gallery, where we bring in artists to show their work throughout the academic year. This is a great teaching tool for all students, not just those interested in becoming an artist. We strive to exhibit artists from various backgrounds who have something interesting to say through their art, including former students. Often, we invite visiting artists to talk to the students in my studio classes as part of their visual education. Toward the end of each semester, we hold student exhibitions, where every student in our studio classes has work on display … we celebrate what you do!

    Most MCC art students receive their AA Liberal Arts degree and then transfer to universities or private colleges to continue their art education and earn a BA or BFA degree. Some go into specific areas like graphic design or art education. Others prefer to stay in the fine arts, pursuing a lifelong adventure as an independent studio artist. Whether you are pursuing a degree in the arts or not, MCC has a lot to offer: a small college atmosphere, great facilities, small classes in which you get a lot of individual attention, and a chance to grow and develop your own ideas and skills.


    Overall employment of artists is projected to grow 6 percent through 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Specific career paths include independent artist (painter, sculptor, photographer, illustrator, ceramicist), art teacher, graphic designer, fashion designer, commercial photographer, art restorer, community art director, art studio manager, textile & fabric designer, architect, landscape architect, furniture designer, product designer, stage designer, gallery/museum director, and more! Whichever path you choose, having a creative career is one of the most rewarding occupations. There is always something new to do, and you are constantly being challenged. Many artists set their own work schedules and often have a kind of freedom that other careers simply don’t offer.