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This degree provides a foundation in art principles and practices and is designed for those interested in transferring to a four-year college or university, and for someone interested in furthering his/her visual arts skills. Course work includes study in art history and a wide range of 2-D and 3-D studio practice courses. 2-D refers to drawing, painting, design, and photography; 3-D refers to ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture.

The American River College Art Department offers a wide variety of art classes including ceramics, alternative process photography, figure drawing, portrait drawing, anatomy of facial expressions, black smithing, traditional and non traditional sculpture, art gallery operations and portfolio building, printmaking, color theory and materials and techniques. The Kaneko Gallery on campus hosts several different exhibitions a year and ends each spring semester with its annual student competition exhibition. America River College also has a vast Permanent Art Collection  which includes artists such as Andy Warhol, Jack Ogden, Gary Pruner, Luther Gerlach and Ruby Chacon.