Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program at COM offers a variety of classes including lecture courses in art history and art appreciation and hands-on studio courses in ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, design, drawing and digital media.

Serving both expressive and academic needs, our students have been accepted to numerous prestigious art schools including the Kansas City Art Institute, Savannah College of Design, San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Houston's Painting Block Program.

Blending traditional and contemporary art-making concepts, COM faculty are accessible, working artists dedicated to advancing the individual vision of our students within collaborative studio environments, lecture classes and online classes.

Our diverse credit and noncredit students have participated in numerous local exhibitions, international shows, solo exhibitions, publications, awards and scholarship opportunities, field trips and workshops.

Besides career options as an exhibiting artist, course work in the Visual Arts Program serves students interested in areas such as architecture, industrial design, fashion design, interior design, forensic and medical illustration, book illustration, graphic design, filmmaking, art criticism, museum administration and arts education.

Prospective students and guests of the College are always welcome to stop by or schedule a visit to meet with a faculty member to discuss your possibilities in the visual arts at College of the Mainland or beyond.

From Our Students

“If you have an idea, it’s a place to figure it out.”
- Karen Brasier exhibits throughout the Houston area. Read her story.

“All the classes … helped me to see the world from a different perspective.”

- Yeslireth Montilla, COM graduate. Read her story.

“It’s very difficult to work in solitude. I was really craving art dialogue.”

- Kamila Szczesna, continuing education graduate. Read her story.

News

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Associate of Arts – Visual Arts

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course Name
ARTS 1311 DESIGN I 3
Natural Science Select from Core Curriculum 4
COSC 1301
or BCIS 1305
MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS
or BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
3
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3
HIST 1301 U.S. HISTORY I 3

Semester 2

Course Name
ARTS 1316 DRAWING I 3
ARTS 1303
or ARTS 1304
ART HISTORY I
or ART HISTORY II
3
MATH Select from Core Curriculum 3
SPCH 1315
or SPCH 1318
PUBLIC SPEAKING
or INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
3
ENGL 1302 COMPOSITION II 3

Semester 3

Course Name
ARTS Elective 3
Natural Science Select from Core Curriculum 4
Humanities Select from Core Curriculum 3
PHED Elective PHED Elective 1
GOVT 2301 U.S. AND TEXAS GOVERNMENT I 3

Semester 4

Course Name
HIST 1302 U.S. HISTORY II 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum 3
ARTS Elective 3
ARTS Elective 3
GOVT 2302 U.S. AND TEXAS GOVERNMENT II 3

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