Overview of Art at Florissant Valley
Florissant Valley's Arts and Humanities Department provides a physical, intellectual, and social environment encouraging students to effectively think and communicate, develop cultural literacy, and make a commitment to lifelong learning. Staffed by well-trained and dedicated professional faculty, the department strives to create a learning-centered environment focused on student success.
The goals of the Arts and Humanities Department are to meet the educational needs of our community by providing coursework and other learning opportunities in the visual arts, humanities, and philosophy. Our activities include the provision of:
- Associate degree leading to job placement (A.A.S.).
- Associate degrees leading to transfer to four-year institutions (A.F.A.).
- Individual courses to provide specific skill enhancement.
- Opportunities for personal enrichment for majors, non-majors, and community members.
- Professional development opportunities for practicing artists/designers.
- Cooperative programs with area high schools and transfer colleges and universities.
- Cooperative activities with other departments on campus.
- In-service training for area high school teachers.
- Faculty participation and leadership in community art associations.
- Faculty exhibitions and presentations both on and off campus.
- An active presence in the wider community and participation in civic events.
- Travel within the U.S. and abroad for diverse cultural experiences.
An Associate in Fine Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis exists for students who plan to transfer to UM-St. Louis to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Other transfer agreements exist with the Kansas City Art Institute (for General Fine Arts, Photography, and Graphic Communications majors), the Savannah College of Art and Design (for the following concentrations: Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Photography), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (for General Fine Arts and Photography). In recent years, AFA students from across the STLCC district have successfully transferred to many of the most prestigious art schools around the country.
Florissant Valley is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (since 1977). NASAD is the nationally recognized accrediting body for premiere schools of art and design in the United States. Relatively few community college art departments nationwide are NASAD accredited. Of this elite group, Florissant Valley was the first.