Providing a Context for Students to Grow Their Creative Capacities and Develop Critical Faculties

The Cypress College Art Department (CCAD) offers a variety of studio, design, and history courses that encourage exploration, innovative thinking, and traditional and emerging technological approaches to craft and expression. Within the context of the department, art making in its broadest sense is considered a process, a way of thinking and communicating, and an agent for change. Facility with conceptualization, critical thinking, history, collaboration, storytelling, craft, and process are primary learning outcomes in all department courses. Students develop foundational analytic and studio skills to articulate the interconnection between art and life. To this end, the faculty and staff are deeply committed to their students’ success and work to prepare them to be competitive for transfer to four-year universities or art and design schools, and ultimately for a career in the arts.