To achieve our mission, all aspects of our department and staff are dedicated to student success and program excellence through continuous improvement.
1. SERVING STUDENTS (degree and transfer, personal interest, and developmental learners). We serve our students by providing the following:
a. curricular programs that foster academic breadth and skills training for success in arts/general employment and/or transfer to baccalaureate degree programs.
b. learning opportunities that are flexible and support alternative learning rates and styles, and an openness to other learning possibilities.
c. one-to-one student mentoring and advising with art faculty.
d. training in safety and health hazards and procedures appropriate to use of art materials and equipment.
e. opportunities for portfolio reviews, exhibitions, publications, and community service.
2. IMPROVING CURRICULAR PROGRAMS by the following:
a. offering A.A. Liberal Arts degrees and A.F.A. Pre-Professional degrees in Fine Arts and Photography.
b. offering sequential classes in art history, basic studio in art/design, and emphases in ceramics, drawing, painting, and photography.
c. collaborating with Teacher Education at GRCC and other curricular programs.
d. offering art history classes that also fulfill Humanities requirements for all GRCC degree/certificate programs and MACRAO transfer agreements.
e. seeking new and updating existing transfer agreements with 4-year institutions
f. ensuring that our programs and policies comply with the standards and guidelines of national accrediting organizations and national professional arts associations.
g. selecting and including multicultural and global references into art history and studio curricula.
3. IMPROVING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS by the following:
a. providing space facilities, equipment, and technology appropriate to support curricular offerings.
b. promoting the health and safety of our students and the environment by responsible risk management of our studios, fine arts materials, and photographic chemicals.
c. managing instructional resources (slides, videos, disks), student works archive, and art gallery collections.
d. ensuring program and policy effectiveness by ongoing strategic planning, evaluation reviews, and projection studies.
e. promoting positive ways of social interaction, self-confidence in ability to exchange ideas and opinions with others, capacity to deal with multi-ethnic, multiracial backgrounds, and confidence that one can be of value to the community and in turn learn from it.
4. IMPROVING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT by the following:
a. assessing teaching strategies, alternative pedagogies, and program offerings to meet current and future student/community needs.
b. ensuring professional currency of faculty knowledge and skills by participating in new technology training, studio workshop or research opportunities, and professional national art organizations.
c. ensuring professional credential standards of faculty by requiring terminal degrees (M.F.A./Ph.D.) and/or appropriate professional expertise.
5. SERVING THE COMMUNITY by the following:
a. promoting student volunteerism in the community.
b. promoting GRCC Art Gallery with its mission dedicated to providing diverse, high-quality exhibitions for the education and inspiration of the college and community.
c. encouraging active faculty collaboration with our transfer and business partners (e.g. as exhibiting artists. guest lecturers, advisory committee members, as exhibition jurors, and workshop organizers).
The GRCC College Mission and Values can be found here