If you want to be an artist, designer, or film maker, the Westchester Community Arts Department can set you on the path to achieving your dreams. Whether you are interested in fine arts media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography, or if your passion is for graphic design, animation, web design, or digital film, the Arts Department has a wide range of courses and curricula that will challenge you to discover your creative potential.
The Visual Arts program is one of the largest at the college, with facilities at three campuses. The Valhalla campus has well-equipped studios for Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, and Printmaking. The Center for Arts in White Plains has additional studios for Ceramics, Jewelry, and wet-darkroom Photography. The Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill has state-of-the-art -labs for advanced level courses in digital art and design.
Our courses are taught by professional artists and designers who are leaders in their field. These seasoned professionals will nurture your creativity while inspiring you to do your best. Their expert knowledge will prepare you to meet the challenges of a professional career in art.
Visual Arts majors enjoy abundant opportunities to get involved, make friends, and take advantage of the rich cultural resources in the region. Each semester the Arts Department sponsors free bus trips to New York City galleries and museums. The Art Club sponsors a wide range of activities and events, and the Fine Arts Gallery hosts an on-going series of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and gallery talks.
Did You Know?
“Nationally, there are 668,267 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts. They employ 2.9 million people, representing 4.05 percent of all businesses and 2.18 percent of all employees, respectively. The source for these data is Dun & Bradstreet, the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the U.S.
As of January 2010, New York is home to 53,085 arts-related businesses that employ 335,683 people. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development. The map below provides a clear picture of the creative industries in New York, with each dot representing an arts-centric business.
The Creative Industries in New York