Art Department

The mission of the Bakersfield College Art Department is to provide excellent instruction in the visual arts, to prepare students to make societal contributions by becoming citizens who are visually literate, culturally aware, skilled in creative problem-solving, and aesthetically sensitive.

The Art Department also features the Jones Art Gallery, which hosts various exhibitions throughout the year, including the Art Student Exhibition for BC students and Panorama Invitational for area high school students.

Program Level Outcomes: Art Department

At the end of an Art course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, elements, and language of art/design.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to critique their own work, as well as the work of other students; and defend their creative choices verbally.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a portfolio or “body of work.”

What can you do with a degree in Art?

Skills Needed
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexibility
  • Good reading, writing and editing skills

Organizations that typically employ Art majors:

  • Adult & community programs
  • Advertising agencies, newspapers & trade publications
  • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
  • Arts councils
  • Art schools
  • Art studios
  • Auction houses, photo agencies & studios
  • Department and retail stores
  • Film and motion pictures & media production companies
  • Governments - local, state, and federal
  • Graphic design firms
  • Hospitals
  • Interior design departments
  • Libraries
  • Local historical societies
  • Magazines
  • Museums and galleries
  • Newspapers/publishing houses
  • Universities

Career Paths for Art Majors


Art Programs

The Bakersfield Art Department offers the following programs:

Catalog Descriptions

General Education Patterns

There are five patterns BC students can follow to complete your general education requirements for graduation from Bakersfield College or successfully transfer to a CSU or UC. Find your pattern at General Education Patterns.