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Turn your passion for pen and ink, pastels and pencils into a profession.

What Will I Learn About Drawing at JCCC?

Increase your powers of observation and personally express yourself through drawing. Our experienced fine arts faculty will help you discover your talent with both wet and dry media in JCCC’s Drawing courses.

At Johnson County Community College, our specialized Drawing coursework will train you to:

  • Distinguish and use value, texture, line and shape in drawing
  • Combine value, texture, line, shape and gesture
  • Draw the human figure
  • Discover abstract and conceptual approaches to art
  • Make aesthetic decisions autonomously
  • Critique artwork objectively, individually and in groups

In our interactive, modern Fine Arts classrooms, you will:

  • Use charcoal, graphite, Conté crayons and pastels
  • Experiment with dry mediums
  • Explore India ink, acrylics and watercolor
  • Practice light and dark contrast, texture, line, weight, contour and cross-hatching

Your final art portfolio will showcase your drawing competencies and creative capacities for personal expression and understanding.

Earn an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree

JCCC offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree that lets you tailor your learning experience to match your interests.

  • AFA with the Fine Arts Track - This track is a general degree focusing on Fine Arts.
  • AFA with the Lens-based Media Track - This track offers you the flexibility to focus on Photography or Flimmaking.

For details about how to plan your classes, contact Tonia Hughes at

[Catalog] Associate of Fine Arts, AFA

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Why JCCC for Drawing Courses?

All of our Drawing and other Fine Arts courses are taught in interactive classrooms and labs housed in our new 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS).

As a JCCC Fine Arts student, you’ll have access to:

  • Year-round covered outdoor workspaces
  • Ventilated studios with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Cross-discipline collaboration in multiple-use classrooms

JCCC Fine Arts professors participate in local, regional, and international art exhibitions and activities. Many instructors attend emerging trends conferences and workshops, allowing them to stay up to date on cutting-edge artistic techniques

The JCCC campus is home to the internationally recognized Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, housing a world-class collection of permanent and traveling exhibitions, featuring art pieces of all forms and mediums. The museum serves as a critical learning opportunity for students and the community.

You may also exhibit your Drawing work through these outlets:

  • The Student Gallery, located on third floor of the Student Center, showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye is a literary magazine produced yearly and features students’ artistic works.
  • Art competitions and exhibitions at local, regional and national levels, such as those sponsored by League for Innovation in the Community College, put your work in front of industry professionals and give it a wider community audience.

Check out Get Involved @ JCCC to find a group that fits your interests.

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Drawing can lead to job opportunities filled with creative expression. Careers involving drawing and illustration can have an art, design, business, or technology emphasis.

  • Fashion or textile designer
  • Animator
  • Graphic designer
  • Art teacher
  • Illustrator
  • Technical illustrator
  • Tattoo artist
  • Architectural drafter
  • Industrial designer
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Art director

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.