Art Career Opportunities

The Art program at College of DuPage provides a variety of courses that serve as a foundation for continuing art study at a baccalaureate-granting school, for meeting the Humanities or International Studies General Education requirements for an associate's degree, or for personal enrichment. These courses may be the first step toward a career in free-lance art work, art teaching, art criticism, curator, art gallery direction, museum work, or design and illustration.

Potential art transfer degree-seeking students should take the period courses in art history, Art 2211, 2212 and 2213, and the studio sequences of Art 1101 and 1102 (Drawing) and Art 1151 and 1152 (Design). The college also offers a variety of other advanced studio courses including life drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, book arts, jewelry/metals, printmaking, papermaking and computer art. For transfer under IAI, these sequences should be started and completed at College of DuPage.

Students not majoring in art who are interested in a lecture-based approach to the principles, processes and history of art may select Art 1100, Introduction to the Visual Arts, a course that satisfies degree requirements. Those who are interested in an introduction to working with studio art materials may select Art 1105, Introduction to Studio Art, or any of the other studio art sequences.

The William E. Gahlberg Gallery, located in the McAninch Arts Center, regularly provides the college community with education-oriented art exhibits featuring local and national artists. Each spring a show is devoted to the work of College of DuPage students. The Student-Run Art Gallery, Wings, in SRC 1540 offers periodic displays of student artwork.


Contact Information

Chuck Boone, Interim Dean, Liberal Arts
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 290, (630) 942-2477

Liberal Arts Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2047


  • Mariam Pare

    Mariam PareArt

    “COD taught me that people are willing to help and accommodate you. I needed to learn to ask for things. For example, I could get a special desk, and that gave me a sense of equality that was so valuable to me. For my art degree, I had to fulfill a sculpture requirement. I was assigned someone who I could tell what I wanted, and that person did the sculpting. COD taught me that even if I can't physically do it, it was still my art if I can direct someone to do it."

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  • John Hankiewicz

    John HankiewiczArt

    "The printmaking professors I met at COD over the years -— Laurie Steele, Teresa Parker and, of course, Chuck Boone —- did an excellent job of keeping the class informative and loose at the same time. My advice to students is to be yourself and learn from everybody. People make a great school -- think bottom up and not top down."

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  • Liz Wierzbicki

    Liz WierzbickiArt

    “When I graduated, I was looking for opportunities that would further develop my artistic practice. I took lithography with Chuck (Boone) at College of DuPage and fell in love with printmaking, and that led me to develop a body of artwork utilizing printmaking.”

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  • David DuFault

    David DuFaultArt

    "I would highly recommend College of DuPage. Whether you are starting out or transitioning between degrees, there is always something new to learn no matter your level of skills. I recall the students in our studio classes were diversified and varied as to where they were in their career paths. I would also recommend that students use the wide array of courses thoughtfully to build a core curriculum that suits you. The possibilities are endless."

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  • Larry King

    Larry KingArt

    "The COD Art program can help you express your life in this day and time with methods, techniques and ideas that can help you grow."

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  • Melissa Hedlund

    Melissa HedlundArt

    "College of DuPage was my baseline for future collegiate education. It prepared me for undergrad work at Eastern Illinois University and grad school. Additionally, taking classes in the arts opened my eyes to my love for creating. I absolutely love the painting studio at COD. I would sit for hours painting in the studio, overlooking the water. It was magical and I still miss it."

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  • Kimberly Kuba

    Kimberly KubaArt

    "COD helped me toward achieving my dream of becoming an art teacher, but it also helped me learn what I needed to do to and what it took to succeed in college. I also learned a lot about myself along the way as I continued my art both inside and outside of school with a different perspective in mind."

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  • Lauren Schmidt

    Lauren SchmidtArt

    "COD also helped me gain independence and intrinsic motivation in my college career. Since I was completely responsible for taking initiative in my own education, going to COD helped me mature into a more well-rounded and self-motivated individual."

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