Art Department

The Art Department’s primary mission is to provide Saddleback College students with the technical and creative skills necessary to achieve personal growth and career goals. The Art Department aims to be “a launching pad for a successful career,” not only in the arts but in every aspect of the workforce. Art department student’s learn soft skills that have broad applications such as time management, risk management, perseverance, collaboration, creative problem solving and self-expression. Through our studio courses students develop the ability to engage with current social & cultural movements, identify their creative influences, clearly articulate conceptual content as well as receive and deliver constructive criticism. The Art Department teaches students, through a variety of analog and digital media, how these core skills apply in a broader context. We educate our students about the essential role of creativity, art and design in our rapidly changing world. Through intercollegiate collaboration we support STEM to STEAM, an initiative to add Art + Design to the national agenda of STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. STEM + Art = STEAM. The Art Department’s program fosters student success in attainment of academic degrees, transfer to four-year institutions and lifelong learning. 

Photography recently became a part of the Art Department. Visit the Photography page by clicking the button below.

Art Degrees and Certificates

Art Associate in Arts
Studio Arts Associate in Arts for Transfer

Students who complete this program will:

*Develop a portfolio for transfer into studio arts programs in the UC system, the CSU system and private institutions.

*Demonstrate employment readiness in the field of art through experience in the studio arts, exhibition design and art history which develop life skills & critical thinking through the creative process of researching and interpreting valid information, formulating socially engaging content, utilizing divergent thinking and engaging in reflective and active analytical or evaluative thinking.

* Develop both soft and practical skills that translate into a higher level of qualification for employment in the areas of art education, museum studies, art exhibition & sales, public art, creative entrepreneurship, illustration, animation, graphic design, architecture, fashion, interior design.

* Synthesize the collaborative nature of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics by experiencing the tools and methods of design through creative problem solving and innovative design practices.

students painting

Art Programs and Courses

Ceramics Courses
Design & Survey Courses
Drawing & Painting Courses
Printmaking Courses
Sculpture & Metal Arts Courses


Department Chairs

Laura Haight, Ceramics  
Ryan Even, Photography

student making ceramics