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, Dean - Arts, Communication, and Hospitality
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 290, (630) 942-2477

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2048


  • Spotlight: Jason Mack

    Jason MackArt

    “COD also has a very good Art program run by a diverse group of top notch teachers, who earned an Associate in Fine Arts – Art degree. It was the first step toward obtaining a bachelor’s from ISU’s sculpture program, which was the foundation of building my own glass studio and business. COD is fantastic place to begin your art career. I always recommend students try out as many different mediums and processes as possible. You never know what might click and stick with you the rest of your life.”

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  • Spotlight: 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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  • Spotlight: 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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  • Spotlight: 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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  • Spotlight: 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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