Student painting sculpture


The Art program at College of DuPage provides a foundation for students wishing to pursue a degree in visual arts. Students can expect:

  • A wide range of course offerings in studio art and art history
  • Outstanding faculty and support staff
  • Exceptional studio spaces and equipment
  • Transfer opportunities with top fine arts baccalaureate programs
  • Assistance in the development of a portfolio of work for transfer or other applications
  • Extracurricular opportunities for exploration of the visual arts
  • Exposure to locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists through the Visiting Artist Series


Associate in Fine Arts

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is designed primarily for students wishing to transfer into baccalaureate programs with a major in studio art, often leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Course selections should be made using the AFA Student Planning Worksheet and 2020 Advising Sheet.

Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed for students planning to pursue a Liberal Arts degree focusing on either art history or studio art, leading to transfer into a Bachelor of Arts degree. Course selections should be made using the the AA Student Planning Worksheet.

Student working on ceramics

Student Marie Flynn turns her ceramics mold into a work of art.

Student working with teacher on creating jewelry

Art professor Kathy Baum assists a student in a jewelry making class.

Outdoor art class

Students work on their drawings as the classroom is brought outside.

Two students working on a painting

A peek inside the classroom as two students collaborate on a painting.

Course Offerings

Courses are available in art history, ceramics, design, digital media, drawing, metalworking, painting, printmaking, sculpture and time-based media. View the Art Course Catalog. 

Students can learn an introduction to the concepts and approaches to Time-Based (4D) Media in ART 2281. Students will develop a broader vocabulary in this area through creation of work in experimental sound editing, video, projection, performance and installation.  


Why Choose COD

  • Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience
  • Instruction utilizing top-notch facilities, equipment and resources
  • Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account
  • Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention from instructors
  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Articulated transfer program with several prestigious institutions
  • Opportunity to study outside of the classroom through immersive Field Study trips to iconic locations like New York City, the Southwest, New England, Mexico City, Barcelona and the Greater Chicago Area
Art students painting mural outside

COD art students paint mural to reflect sustainable environment on campus.

Campus Art Galleries

With three separate galleries on campus, students will have access to a variety of well known exhibitions including Frida Kahlo, as well as iconic work from the collection by artists like Andy Warhol, Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, Kehinde Wiley, Olafur Eliason, Sanford Biggers, Maya Lin and Sol Lewitt.

Students will also feel inspired by works from the College of DuPage's Permanent Art Collection, which includes:

  • More than 720 individual artworks are displayed across campus
  • 69 pieces in the William E. Gahlberg Native American Contemporary Art Collection
  • More than 100 Ecuadorian masks 
  • 17 World War II posters in the Library Collection

Exhibition experience is available through the Wings Gallery and Techcetera Design Gallery.

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art offers visual art exhibitions showcasing art by regional, national and international artists.

Currently undergoing renovations, the museum is preparing for the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition to debut on June 5 and run through Sept. 6, 2021.

Frida Kahlo Painting

Photo provided by courtesy of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Worldwide and completed by former student Mariam Paré.

Wings Student Art Gallery offers students an opportunity to exhibit their work and to learn and practice aspects of curation and professional gallery operation.

Wings Gallery

COD technical students can feature their work throughout the Techcetera Gallery. The gallery helps celebrate the interdependence of technology, media and design.

Techcetera Design Gallery

Visiting Artist Series 

College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series provides opportunities for the community to interact with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design and culture. Through lectures, conversations and workshops, a diverse range of art professionals provide students with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices.

Past artists include Nick Cave, Trevor Paglen, Mary Mattingly, Edra Soto, Jenny Kendler, Amanda Williams, Faheem Majeed. The series is a collaboration between the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the Fine Arts, Architecture and Photography programs. All lectures are free and open to the public. Please visit for updated artists, times and locations.


The Art program 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 freelance artwork, 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 2201 (Life Drawing) and ART 1151 and 1152 (Design). COD also offers a variety of other advanced studio courses including life drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry/metals, printmaking, papermaking, time based media and digital art. For transfer under the Illinois Articulation Initiative, 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.

COD Stories

Mariam Pare

"Everyone was so helpful. There were people who went to my classes with me, carried my books and set up my art materials. 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.” - Mariam Paré

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Jason Mack

"College of DuPage 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.” - Jason Mack

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Kimberly Kuba Rodey

"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.” - Kimberly Kuba Rodey

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Larry King

"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. - Larry King

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Melissa Hedlund

"College of DuPage was my baseline for future collegiate education. 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.” - Melissa Hedlund

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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.

Kimberly RodeyAssociate in Science, Art

Contact Information

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division Office
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048