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Visitors to the Wignall Museum observe student art.


Fuel your creative passion with Chaffey College's art program, which prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as well as a wide range of careers. Art students gain knowledge to work in education, museums, research and related fields. You'll study studio art and art history, and create visual art using creative strategies, concepts, critical thinking skills, and technologies of contemporary studio practices. Your studies will also include major theories and artistic movements in art from the ancient to the modern world, and you will evaluate the influences that social, political, and religious institutions have in the creation of art. The program addresses the dynamics of the global art community, as well as the social forces and ideologies that shape the visual arts.

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Connect with our Arts, Communication, and Design (ACD) community of faculty, staff, and students who are here to help you succeed on the Success Team page.

Nicole Farrand
Assistant Professor of Art, Art Department Coordinator
Pam Valfer
Associate Professor of Art
(909) 652-7456
Cynde Balent
Professor of Art
(909) 652-6106
Stanton Hunter
Professor of Art/Ceramics
Michael Penilla
Instructional Assistant IV, Art
Andrew Hadle
Studio Arts Technician, Museum Preparator



The art program prepares students for transfer to colleges and universities as well as careers in fine arts, visual communications and graphic communications/digital media, with an emphasis on individual creativity and development. To transfer, students should consult with the intended transfer institution to obtain a list of appropriate courses to complete at Chaffey College. For the associate in arts degree, students follow the program listed for one of the following areas of emphasis.

New Media Emphasis
The new media emphasis demonstrates the diverse experiences and theories of the new genres associated with mixed media, multimedia, mass media, performance, and installation. Courses in this emphasis advance inquiry into contemporary uses of photography, video, film, and computer-oriented digital media. Students are encouraged to create and develop expressive and critical abilities within the interrelated disciplines.

Art/Digital Media
The digital media program is a cross-discipline program designed to prepare students for employment in the fields of web design, graphic design, motion graphics, sound design, and interactive multimedia. Both degrees and certificates are offered in three separate digital media career field emphases.

Art/Visual Communication: Illustration
The illustration program develops a student’s ability to express concepts and ideas in varied visual forms. Primary emphasis is on concepts and skill development to facilitate student preparation of a portfolio for use in conjunction with employment interviews and/or transfer to a 4-year college or university.