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ECC art student paining a pot

Artists are creative people with something to say about a subject or group of subjects. ECC’s Art and Graphic Arts programs can lead to a number of rewarding careers. One of the greatest benefits of being an Artist is having an open canvas of opportunity and the freedom to market your work in any path you choose. From pottery or painting to teaching or interior design, ECC provides lots of options for art enthusiasts seeking a career path in Fine Arts!

The world offers an exciting range of careers for those who are open minded and thrive on creative exploration. Many of the careers in the visual arts are highly challenging and require the utmost in dedication and perseverance if success is to follow. The rewards are well worth the intense effort, however, whether you are selling your work as an independent studio artist (ceramicist, painter, sculptor, photographer, etc.) or are part of a design team in an advertising company, as the stimulation and satisfaction from working in a creative field is vibrant and qualitative.


There’s an exciting range of careers for those who are open-minded and thrive on creative exploration. Many of the careers available in the art field today involve technology, so computer savvy is increasingly important. Careers include independent artist (painter, sculptor, etc.), art teacher, art historian, art manager, restorer, conservator, art consultant, illustrator, or graphic designer. Related careers include art therapist, interior designer, industrial designer, package designer, animator, fashion designer, advertising designer, landscape architect, theater/set designer, architect, medical illustrator, and more. More than half of all artists are self-employed … it’s imperative that you be self-motivated to succeed in the visual arts.


ECC’s two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • ECC has outstanding (and somewhat eclectic) Art facilities, located in the lower level of Kruse Main. There’s a great deal of space in which to work, with a dedicated ceramics room and painting room.
  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.