Visual Fine Arts

The Visual Fine Arts associate degree program offers students a high quality and affordable transfer-oriented course of study in the areas of ceramics, drawing, figure drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. For students with an interest in photography, a Photography Option is available that prepares students to transfer or for an entry-level photography position. The hallmark of both programs is the emphasis on developing a strong portfolio of work to use in transferring to an art school, a four-year college or university or as part of the job search process. Twice a year, the campus showcases student artwork in the on-campus Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery.

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in any of the visual/studio arts at one of the four Connecticut state universities, enrolling in the Art Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their course work at Manchester and take advantage of its high-quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Art Studies associate degree, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take extra credits or incur additional expenses.

In addition, Manchester has developed excellent relationships with colleges and universities in Connecticut and the Northeast outside of the CSCU system to ensure that our students are able to transfer the maximum number of credits toward their degree. Students who are planning to transfer are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors or department chairs to discuss how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available can be found in the Transfer Planning portion of the website.

The courses in the Visual Fine Arts and Photography programs also serve an ever-expanding population of students seeking personal enjoyment in the creative process. For these students, the courses can be used to satisfy their general education core requirements or various associate degree program requirements.

Learn more about the degrees and certificate in this area of study.

View a Sample of Our Students’ Work

Career Information

Learn about a career in Visual Fine Arts.


Timothy Kussow, Professor
Chair, Visual Fine Arts Department