Program Spotlight: Arts & Design at RVCC!
Ready to bring out your inner artist? Whether you dream of shining on stage, designing an app, or painting a gallery-worthy masterpiece, Raritan Valley Community College can help you turn your creative passion into a career with an education in Arts & Design.
With a prime location not far from both New York City and Philadelphia, RVCC has access to teaching artists with coveted experience in the field. RVCC Arts & Design graduates go on to some of the country’s top arts programs at prestigious schools, including UCLA, NYU, Parsons School of Design, and Berklee College of Music.
Read on to learn more about benefitting from an Arts & Design education at RVCC.
Degree & Certificate Programs
RVCC offers programs across an array of arts-related fields, including dance, theatre, visual art, interior architecture and design, graphic design, and more. Programs include:
Associate Degrees Designed to Transfer to Four-Year Colleges
Dance, Associate of Fine Arts
The Dance program focuses on the skills and concepts of dance necessary for a career in the contemporary dance world, with study in modern dance, ballet technique, jazz technique, and performance of repertory.
Game Art, Associate of Science
This program covers traditional art skills—such as drawing and 2D design—and shows how to apply them to interactive technological environments. Game art students are exposed to audio production, video editing, and more.
Graphic and Interactive Design, Associate of Fine Arts
Students in this program pursue rigorous training and art education in 2D graphics, new media, and motion graphic arts.
Interface Design & Web Development, Associate of Science
This program is designed for students who are looking to transfer into an interface design, UI/UX, interactive multimedia, web development, or a similar interdisciplinary program at a four-year institution.
Interior Architecture and Design, Associate of Science
In this program, students pursue a rigorous program in interior design. Throughout the year, they also visit showrooms and attend design lectures, trade lectures, workshops, seminars, and more.
Music, Associate of Fine Arts
Students develop their performance skills by taking four semesters of private lessons (Applied Music) and by participating each semester in at least one major performing ensemble.
Theatre Arts, Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts
This program is ideal for students interested in all aspects of theatre including acting, directing, playwriting, and technical theatre. This degree offers a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with ample studio courses.
Visual Arts, Associate of Fine Arts
This degree is intended for students who desire careers as professional studio artists or college art teachers.
Associate Degrees Designed to Transfer to Four-Year Colleges
Game Development, Associate of Applied Science
Prepare for entry-level positions in game systems design and programming, quality assurance testing, virtual and augmented reality creation, and data visualization.
Interface Design & Web Development, Associate of Applied Science
Develop skills in User-Interface (UI)-driven applications and web design across a variety of real-world contexts
Certificates Designed to Provide Specialized Expertise
Interface Design & Web Development, Certificate
Build skills in modern multimedia, interface design, and web technologies with this certificate.
Interior Design, Certificate
Create a solid foundation of interior design skills through conceptual thinking, space planning, visual communication, and technical skills.
Upcoming Live Performances
Find out if our Arts & Design programs are for you by experiencing our talented students in action. Student performances take center stage throughout the year, and you can find the schedule here. Upcoming performances include:
RVCC Chorale Holiday Concert
Friday, December 3
Welpe Theatre at 8pm
An evening of student & faculty choreography
Thursday & Friday, December 9 & 10
Nash Theatre at 7pm
RVCC Student Jazz Ensemble Concert
Thursday, December 16
Welpe Theatre at 7:30pm
For tickets, contact the RVCC Theatre Box Office at 908-725-3420. General Admission: $12; Students & Seniors: $8
Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions & Events
From student work to faculty exhibits to shows by professional artists, the Art Gallery showcases exciting and stimulating works of art throughout the year. Stop by and view an inspiring exhibition.
RVCC Holiday Art Show & Sale
Monday – Thursday: Noon-8pm; Friday: Noon-6pm
Expanding the View of Photography
January 19 – February 18
Student Art Exhibition: Part I
2D Design, Ceramics, Color Theory, Drawing, Illustration, Interior Design & Printmaking
February 28 – March 28
Student Art Exhibition: Part II
3D Design, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Media, Sound & Video
April 6 – May 3
All exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public. To view details, hours, and future exhibits, click here. For more information, call the Arts & Design office at 908-218-8876.
Arts-Related Clubs at RVCC
Continue your love of the arts outside the classroom with our Arts & Design-related clubs!
- RVCC Dance Club
This student-run club, which welcomes dancers of all skill levels, focuses on a variety of styles, including jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, tap, and hip hop. Take a class or create your own choreography to perform at campus events. For more information, contact Loretta Fois at email@example.com.
- Animation Club
Animation enthusiasts of all skill levels have the opportunity to work individually and in groups on the digital animation production process, with a focus on 2D design. To learn more, contact advisor John Harford at firstname.lastname@example.org or co-advisor Cynthia Teeters at email@example.com.
- Film Club
Members engage in film studies, share storyboard ideas for short films, create short films as a team, and organize different events on campus centered around film. For more information, contact Evan Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This a cappella singing club presents performance-ready and professional pieces for the College and local community. Contact John Sichel at email@example.com for further information.