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Rend Lake College offers a wide range of options for students interested in art, including a two-year Associate in Arts transfer program, a two-year Associate in Fine Arts curriculum, Art Appreciation classes which fulfill the requirement for other degree programs, and courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, design, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics for those pursuing creative outlets. 

Degrees & Certificates in Art

All curriculum guides reflect the 2021-22 catalog. Please check the latest catalog and addendum for possible changes.

ART — AA Degree

Associate in Arts Degree


Rend Lake College offers art courses designed to meet the needs and interests of students with varied art backgrounds and experiences. Three options exist within the art program:

  1. A professional focus for individuals who wish to pursue a career in art and transfer to a four-year college or university majoring in art education, studio art or art history.
  2. A humanities focus for individuals who wish to learn about art in a historical and social context. (Ex., Art History I, Art History II).
  3. A personal focus for individuals who wish to pursue art interests either as an adjunct to a career program or as a creative outlet.

Electives include: Ceramics, Commercial Art, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Jewelry, Painting, , Printmaking and Sculpture.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1101 Art Appreciation 1 (3)
  • ART 1103 Design I (3)
  • ART 1105 Drawing I (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • HIST 2101 American History I
    or POLI 1101 State and Local Government 1
    or POLI 2101 American Government 1 (3)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1104 Design II (3)
  • ART 1106 Drawing II (3)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • Life Science with Lab (4)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1107 Painting I (3)
  • ART Art Elective (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2101 – Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1108 Painting II (3)
  • ART Elective (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 1  (3)
  • SOCI 1101 – Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

ART — AFA Degree

Associate in Fine Arts Degree


Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. General education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your counselor or advisor for more information.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1101 Art Appreciation 2 (3)
  • ART 1103 Design I (3)
  • ART 1105 Drawing I (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 2 (3)
  • HIST 2101 American History I
    or POLI 1101 State and Local Government 2
    or POLI 2101 American Government 2 (3)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1104 Design II (3)
  • ART 1106 Drawing II (3)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • Elective – Life Science 4 (4)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 2111 Art History I 1, 2 (3)
  • ART Studio Elective 3 (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 2 (3)
    or Higher-Level Math (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Fourth Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 2112 Art History II 1, 2 (3)
  • ART 2120 Life Drawing (3)
  • ART Studio Elective 3 (3)
  • ART Studio Elective 3 (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Physical Science 4 (3)

1 Courses will be offered as needed.

2 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on results of test scores.

3 Select studio courses from at least two media in consultation with an art department advisor.

4 Required: One Life Science course and one Physical Science course (at least one laboratory course).


Program Outcomes


1. Demonstrate the understanding of the Elements and Principles of Design.

2. Construct and manipulate a variety of media and mediums into two- and three-dimensional art
3. Demonstrate awareness of the historical and current art concepts that shape our society
4. Differentiate between personal and cultural esthetics
5. Analyze and interpret art through the use of critical-thinking processes
6. Recognize and translate the elements and principles of design through oral, visual, and written critiques

Art Shows & Event Schedule

Our schedule typically consists of a Visiting Artist Series and High School Art Portfolio Competition in the fall, followed by two Visiting Artist Series, Art Demo, Student Art Show and Art Auction in the spring.

To view our calendar, click here.


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Rend Lake College's Arts Publication is "Lake." It celebrates art in all its forms. Past submissions include Fiction| NonFiction | Poetry | Graphic Design | Photography | Food | Film | Play Writing | Fine Art | Sculpture.
Contact: Peggy Davis  

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Our Student Art Show is an event held each year to showcase the talents of art students at RLC and in area high schools. Check back here to register for the next show.



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Faculty & Staff

Art Associate Professor | Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1719
Building: North Oasis
Office: 140
B.F.A., Kendall College of Art & Design | M.A., Syracuse University

Arts & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1263
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Arts & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Arts & Sciences



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