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Art at North: Solid & Affordable Classical Training Plus Emphasis on Crafts

North Seattle College's Art Program provides a solid foundation in classical art, coupled with an emphasis on a range of crafts not generally taught in community colleges. The wide array of affordable courses includes ceramics, drawing, computer art, 2-D and 3-D design, metal design, printmaking, painting, jewelry-making, and sculpture — as well as art history. 

Enrollment in North’s art program requires no prior portfolio. All classes are transferable and fulfill general education requirements for an Associate of Arts degree or a specialized Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree

Art instructors are successful working artists, respected in their fields and serving as both role models and mentors. NSC art studios are well-equipped and constantly updated.

Professional Training

North is one of a handful of colleges in the country to offer a 2-year Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art (AFA), as well as a one-year Certificate of Fine Arts (CFA) in Art and a 4-quarter Certificate in Jewelry Design (CJD) (through one of the few jewelry-making programs in the state) and a 20 credit Foundations in Art Certificate (FAC), which is stackable within the AFA, AA and CFA and is a direct transfer agreement with the University of Washington. 

In the Art Department, discover — or redefine — your creative focus as an artist and build your portfolio in preparation for transfer to a 4-year or professional school. North's students have fared well in transfer both in- and out-of-state — to the University of Washington, Central Washington, Western Washington and Evergreen, as well as to Pacific Northwest College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, California College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design to name a few.

North's Classes also prepare you to be an entrepreneur as a studio artist. Art business classes help you strengthen your portfolio and equip you to market your work effectively. 

Art for General Education & Enrichment

Take art courses for general education credit in the area of Visual, Literary and Performance Arts (VLPA) — or for pleasure and personal enhancement with no degree as a goal. The many choices in the Art Department will help you to explore your artistic potential, express yourself, learn to think visually and respond to life's possibilities more creatively.

Everyone can find a place here — North's art students range in age from 16 to 85, and their art interests are equally varied. Some students with a BA pursue the AFA degree to complement their training in another discipline. An art background could be the basis for related jobs in museums or galleries, education, and a wide range of design fields including product design, landscape design, costume and set design, web design, illustration and more. 

Courses can be taken for credit or on an "audit" basis. 

Kelda Martensen
(206) 934-4535

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division

IB 2312

Division Contacts
(206) 934-3709

Mailing Address
NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103