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Visual Arts

Students interested in the arts become a part of a fun, vigorous community, working with exceptional faculty artists who offer the guidance and technical skills needed to help our students discover their creative capacity.

Our Visual Arts Program is flexible, meeting the needs of students who simply want to fulfill a required art credit, as well as those who are looking for a four-year studio program that allows them to pursue an interest or a career in the arts. We emphasize the connections between creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. 

Visual artists in all stages - aspiring, emerging, and established - have opportunities to grow in creative work and thought through lively engagement with their craft.

Student artist glazes bowl before firing in the kiln.

Freshman Artist Portfolio Process

Incoming freshmen who are considering a four-year art education are asked to submit a digital portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of your work, which shows how your skills and ideas have developed over a period of time. It demonstrates your creativity, personality, abilities, and commitment and helps us to evaluate your potential and placement.

Portfolio Submission Form


“My art courses at McNick have helped me push my creativity in both quality and concept, but they have also helped me be confident enough to create what I see and want to create...I am more comfortable in expressing myself and my thoughts for what they are instead of editing them and myself for others.”

Isabella, Class of '21