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Getting Started at Loudoun Art Program

  • Students painting.

Getting Started

1. How do I register for an art class at Loudoun?

First, you must apply to the College to be a student. Once you are admitted to NOVA you can register for art classes; there are no other requirements.

2.  What if I have never taken an art course before?

We offer entry-level art courses designed for students with little or no experience as well as advanced studio courses.

3. Do I have to present a portfolio in order to take art classes?

No portfolio review is necessary but if you have one, a faculty member will be glad to look it over and offer advice on your selection of classes.

4. What is the difference between the Associate of Arts and the Associates of Applied Arts in Fine Arts degrees?

The Associate of Applied Arts degree with a major in Fine Arts is designed for students who seek employment in the applied arts field.
Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.A. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their faculty advisor early in their program.

Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory aptitude in visual art.

The Associate of Arts degree with a major in Fine Arts is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year program in a professional school or to a college or university baccalaureate degree program in Fine Arts.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory aptitude in visual art.

It is the responsibility of the student to work with the transfer school to determine exactly what courses will be accepted.

  • Design Studio
    Design Studio
  • Art Gallery
    Waddell Art Gallery
  • Ceramics studio
    Ceramics studio
  • Drawing Studio
    Drawing Studio

Art Programs

Painting courses provide students with skills needed to investigate and experiment with visual communication, both traditional and contemporary. Students are encouraged to apply established theories, concepts and media in the development of their own art, eventually leading up to expression of individualized concepts, feelings, viewpoints, style and techniques.
Drawing classes focus on the fundamentals of drawing from observation. Working from still life, the human figure, and landscape, students develop basic technical, perceptual, and conceptual skills of drawing. Through lab projects, sketchbook assignments, and class critiques, students develop ways to render objects/figures from life.
Design courses concentrate on two and three dimensional form through the manipulation of black, white and gray in studying the elements of design and their relationships. Students present visual 2 and 3D solutions to a series of problems incorporating the concepts of point, line, value, mass, and texture as well as illusions of space plane, monolithic, concave, convex and penetrated mass. The study of the interaction of color including the properties of color and color materials, color analysis and the relativity of color is addressed in advanced course work.  Classes are comprised of lectures, class discussion, and individual and group critiques.
Students are introduced to etching, lithography and relief with a structured survey studio course. Techniques are presented through lecture, demonstration, and examples from the print studio’s extensive print collection. Learning is hands-on with students working with a number of tools and presses.  Lab projects and class critiques encourage students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of printmaking. Opportunities to specialize in printmaking techniques of particular interest to the student including color printmaking techniques and paper making are available in advanced courses.
The Loudoun Campus ceramics program offers classes in beginning through advanced ceramics.  While addressing both technical and aesthetic issues, the program fosters the development of creativity, artistic vision, and personal style.  Both hand-building and wheel-thrown techniques are available.
The art history program at the Loudoun campus has classes in the history of Western art from the beginning of time to the 21st century, courses in Far Eastern art, and specialized courses in the history of design and modern art.  Most of the history courses require museum visits and, occasionally, field trips with the instructor.  One can major in art history and receive an Associate degree in liberal arts with a specialization in art history.  Classes in American art, Renaissance and Baroque art, and museum studies are available at the Manassas and Annandale campuses to supplement studies at the Loudoun Campus.