This program provides the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of visual expression and broad exposure to the history of art in preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and a career in the visual arts. The structured curriculum emphasizes visual perception, technical acuity, and artistic philosophy geared toward developing a personal aesthetic.

The first-year curriculum provides all students with a common foundation in basic artistic techniques. The following year, students focus on advanced studio disciplines and prepare a professional portfolio of their work. To view NHTI Senior Capstone work, visit

The Visual Arts professors are professional artists with extensive exhibition records and a wealth of teaching experience. The limited student-to-faculty ratio facilitates a respectful and safe environment to develop inherent abilities. We encourage mentorships, independent study, internships, and exhibition opportunities. Students have their work exhibited at the end of each semester.


Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

Fall Semester
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
VRTS 101CIntroduction to Drawing (studio)1244
VRTS 103CTwo-Dimensional Design (studio)1233
VRTS 111CSurvey of Western Art History I1303
XX xxxCSocial Science elective1,2303
Spring Semester
XX xxxCSocial Science elective303
ENGL xxxCEnglish elective303
VRTS 104CThree-Dimensional Design (studio)1233
VRTS 112CSurvey of Western Art History II1303
VRTS 201CDrawing II (studio)1244

Second Year

MATH xxxCMath elective33-403-4
VRTS xxxCStudio elective1244
VRTS xxxCElective (may be Studio or History)12-30-43-4
XX xxxCLab Science elective4324
XX xxxCSocial Science elective2303
Spring Semester
MATH xxxCMath elective33-403-4
VRTS 290CVisual Arts Capstone Practicum1,5101
VRTS 2xxCStudio elective (#2)1244
XX xxxCLab Science elective4324
XX xxxCGeneral elective3-403-4
Total Credits65-69

Students who complete the program will demonstrate:

  • A comprehension of art history and its relationship to society, an understanding of different modes of expression, and how to articulate that context during individual assessment of studio work
  • The ability to create imagery that reflect professional standards in a range of mediums that use components of visual language to communicate personal and group content and critically assess individual work in group settings
  • The ability to write concisely and employ mathematics, science, and appropriate terminology as used in the field of visual arts
  • The ability to articulate meaning and motive in an artist statement, create an independent body of work, prepare professional-quality displays, and curate and hang exhibitions

Graduates can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list): illustrating, graphic design, set design, photography, film/media production, fabric/paper design, fashion design, product design, art therapy, art instructors, game design, character development, interior design, and fabrication. They may earn income by opening their own studios and selling work to museums, galleries, and private collectors. Many continue study toward BFA degrees to further their abilities and pursue careers in teaching.

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