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Navarro College has many options for the student who chooses to study art. Each course is taught by qualified and experienced professional artists and educators.


Students are exposed to a variety of new artistic influences, including an exchange exhibit that showcases faculty work from partner schools. Art students are also invited to take field trips at least once a semester to museums in either Dallas or Fort Worth.


Navarro College offers students required foundation courses and interesting fine arts electives, including painting, photography and ceramics. Students learn about professional mounting of shows and portfolio preparation, and are encouraged to display their work in Caston Hall.


Navarro College’s Art Club is active throughout the year and includes efforts to raise money for future scholarship awards. Everyone in art is welcomed to join.


World-class museum facilities are located on the Corsicana campus. Navarro College boasts access to the Pearce Western Art Collection located in the Cook Center along with their Artist in Residence Programs.


Look to Navarro College for hands-on experience, a foundation in critical thinking and skills to succeed at a senior college or university. The A.A. in Art also serves as a transfer curriculum for students who plan to pursue additional degrees in art at after completing their studies at Navarro College.

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Course Descriptions

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

A general introduction to the visual arts designed to create an appreciation of the vocabulary, media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students will critically interpret and evaluate works of art within formal cultural and historical contexts.


ARTS 1303 Art History I (Pre-historic to the 14th Century)

A chronological analysis of the historical and cultural contexts of the visual arts from prehistoric times to the 14th century. A lecture examines crafts, painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from the prehistoric through Gothic time-frame. Emphasis is placed on how important historical developments through events and cultural exchange of thought result in artistic output.


ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present)

A chronological analysis of the historical and cultural contexts of the visual arts from the 14th century to the present day. A lecture examines crafts, painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from the Renaissance to present time. The development of the concept of the artistic movement is emphasized.


ARTS 1311 Design I (2-Dimensional)

An introduction to the fundamental terminology, concepts, theory, and application of two-dimensional design. Elements and principles of art using two- and three- dimensional concepts. This studio course stresses the fundamental concepts of two-dimensional design. The elements and principles of design are the tools with which class problems and assignments are creatively solved and new ideas are conceived. Color theory is thoroughly explored.


ARTS 1312 Design II (3-Dimensional)

An introduction to the fundamental terminology, concepts, theory, and application of three-dimensional design. Elements and principles of arts using two- and three- dimensional concepts. This course applies the elements and principles of design toward creative problem-solving in three-dimensional projects. ARTS 1311 is not a prerequisite for 1312 but is recommended for art majors.


ARTS 1316 Drawing I

A foundation studio course exploring drawing with emphasis on descriptive, expressive, and conceptual approaches. Students will learn to see and interpret a variety of subjects while using diverse materials and techniques. Course work will facilitate a dialogue in which students will engage in critical analysis and begin to develop their understanding of drawing as a discipline.


ARTS 1317 Drawing II

Investigation of drawing, media, and techniques, including descriptive and expressive possibilities. This studio class helps to guide the more advanced student, as well as the student who is seeking to transfer toward the development of personal work and portfolio presentation. The student will continue to explore media possibilities and techniques. Prerequisite: Arts 1316


ARTS 2316 Painting I

Exploration of ideas using painting media and techniques. This studio course explores the techniques of painting media with special emphasis on color theory, painting composition with varied subject matter, traditional studio practice, and includes an introduction to exhibition practices.


ARTS 2317 Painting II

Exploration of ideas using painting media and techniques. Along with the continued emphasis on the mastery of basic painting skills, the student is directed toward the development of personal statement and style. Instruction also helps prepare the student for continued painting study in other programs.


ARTS 2326 Sculpture I

Exploration of ideas using sculpture media and techniques. Studio course exploring sculptural approaches in a variety of media.


ARTS 2346 Ceramics I

Exploration of ideas using basic ceramic processes. Introduction to ceramic processes. Basic materials and techniques hand building use of bisque forms glazing and firing procedures and introduction to the use of the potter’s wheel. Outside work required.


ARTS 2347 Ceramics II

Exploration of ideas using basic ceramic processes. Further investigation into ceramic processes and techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS 2346.


ARTS 2356 Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis)

Introduction to the basics of photography. Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of chemistry, and presentation skills. Emphasis on design, history, and contemporary trends as a means of developing an understanding of photographic aesthetics. Outside work required.


ARTS 2357 Photography II (Fine Arts Emphasis)

Extends the students’ knowledge of technique and guides them in developing personal outlooks toward specific applications of the photographic process. Prerequisite: ARTS 2356.


ARTS 2389 Academic Cooperative

An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of studio art and/or arts history. Work experience is open to students if their major career field is occupational education. Under supervision of instructor and employer, student is provided the opportunity to work for wages and is evaluated by instructor and employer. Prerequisite: approval of instructor.


Art (AA) 60 credit hours


April 15 Summer Registration begins
May 30Registration ends & Payment due at 5 p.m. for 12-week & 1st 6-week terms
June 5Classes start for 12-week and 1st 6-week terms
Complete your degree and begin your career or transfer to a 4-year college to continue your studies.


Have transfer credits from another college or university? Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions & Records at 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110

Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges.

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