Take Art to the Next Level at Mid

Visual arts provide a means of personal expression and an opportunity to engage in visual communication in the artist's community or on a global scale. The artwork created by visual artists is viewed in studios, galleries, museums, art festivals, commercial businesses and private collections, as well as worldwide digital media.

Job Outlook
  • $57k
    Median Salary for Michigan (Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators)
  • 2,900
    Projected Annual Job Openings in Michigan
  • 5%
    Growth in Michigan Jobs

A career in the visual arts requires dedication and commitment. The artist must develop a quantity of work in order to obtain opportunities to exhibit the artwork. Visual artists sell their work through artist's representatives, galleries and juried exhibitions. An art dealer generally accepts the work on consignment and will sell the work on a commission basis. Juried shows provide an opportunity for the new artist and are sponsored by museums, local or national art organizations, businesses and galleries. Other related careers include art therapy, education, and museum/gallery management.

Students at Mid have an opportunity to develop art and design skills in drawing, painting, 2D / 3D design, photography, and graphic design for print, web, multimedia, and video. Courses in humanities and other liberal arts subjects broaden students' appreciation of the context in which art is made.

Visual Arts MiTransfer Pathway

Our Associate in Arts with a concentration in Visual Arts-Transfer is designed for transfer into bachelor of fine arts (BFA) and bachelor programs, allowing students to pursue art beyond Mid.

Students often work in careers like

  • Art Directors
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Craft Artists
  • Web Designers
  • Marketing
  • Illustrators



Visual Arts MiTransfer

Community colleges and universities have collaborated to simplify the transfer process by developing MiTransfer Pathways. These transfer pathways build on the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which makes it easier for students to transfer their general education courses earned at Mid Michigan College to participating four-year institutions in Michigan.

View Mid Michigan College’s MTA requirements.

Art faculty identified courses that will transfer between community colleges and universities in Michigan.

The following courses at Mid Michigan College are guaranteed to transfer to art programs of participating institutions.

ART 105
Drawing I - Introductory 3
ART 115
Design I 3
ART 215
Design II 3

Mid Michigan College Degree Requirements

These are Mid Michigan College associate degree requirements and may not be accepted for transfer by universities participating in the agreement.

HUM 101
World of Creativity I 3
HUM 102

World of Creativity II

ART 240
Professional Practices/Portfolio 3

Transfer Institution Degree Requirements

Transfer institutions have identified remaining degree requirements that a student can take at Mid Michigan College that will transfer to a participating art program.

To view the details about each pathway including the full agreement, for each institution, visit the MI Transfer website.

Related Programs & Pathways

Dean of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Steve Amidon

(989) 773-6655


Full-Time Faculty - Graphic Design & Art

Brad Olrich

(989) 386-6678


Visit Brad Olrich's Online Portfolio