If you are interested in eventually pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Art, you can begin by majoring in Studio Art. Our program will give you a strong foundation in the techniques and materials of visual art while expanding your understanding of visual culture and its history. Taking our foundations courses can help you prepare for transfer to other colleges, universities, and art institutes. By taking the Art Emphasis, you will build a portfolio or other professional projects, and you will learn to contribute to the vitality of the arts in our local community and beyond.


The CWI Art Program promotes the development of artistic quality, intentional craftsmanship, and aesthetic judgment and gives students a foundational understanding of the history of visual culture. An emphasis in art will provide students with opportunities to grow as artists and prepare them to contribute to their immediate community and the global society through the arts. The program also prepares students who are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree with a major in art.

Why This Program

This program prepares you to begin embarking on a career in the arts through foundational studies. It includes an introduction to technical skills and materials used in a range of artistic disciplines as well as opportunities to gain a broad-based understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the arts. Visual art majors often seek employment in art education, art therapy, museum studies, photography, and design fields in addition to working as studio artists and using their knowledge and skills for personal enrichment.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in 2-D and 3-D methods and materials
  • Integrate art fundamentals with the understanding of the historical and cultural contexts
  • Synthesize their knowledge, skills, and interpretations of visual culture
  • Examine and analyze their emerging professional readiness
  • Develop and present a comprehensive portfolio


Our club exists to give the students an artistic outlet and to help enrich and foster an interest for art and personal expression through art. Though the club is for artists, it can be enjoyed by all who appreciate art.

Additional Opportunities

Students can participate in one of the most active clubs. The CWI Art Club offers students interested in the arts a variety of social and service activities and opportunities for professional development.

Created to make local and regional artists part of CWI’s academic experience, the Visiting Artist Program offers lectures and workshops free to the public each semester. Students have a unique opportunity to work in a smaller setting with professional artists.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Studio Art, Associate of Arts



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Did you know you do not necessarily need to take all art classes in consecutive order? Art History 102 can be taken before Art History 101 in the same way that you do not need to take Art 106 after Art 105.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Students wanting to transfer to another art program are advised to find out about admission requirements. Many art departments require a portfolio review for admission. Start by looking for colleges that offer programs specific to the profession/area of emphasis you are interested in.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

The path preparing you to work as a professional artist will vary greatly from one job to another and generally consists of a combination of higher education and hands-on experience through an internship program or in-school work experience. For some types of jobs, a certificate or associate degree in graphic design or a related field may be sufficient. For other positions, a bachelor's or graduate level degree in fine art, art history or a related field may be necessary. Highly specialized occupations require specialized training. For example, art therapists must complete the academic requirements necessary to become a licensed therapist as well as art-specific education.

Once you have an idea of the type of art career that you are most interested in, you should begin researching the exact education requirements you will need in order to be ready to enter the field. Start by looking for colleges that offer training programs specific to the profession and contact major employers to find out about their hiring preferences for entry level employees. This information will help you make wise decisions about how to properly prepare for the next stage of your career.


  • Art Education
  • Art Curator
  • Art Restoration
  • Art Therapy
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Illustration
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Museum Studies
  • Photography
  • Studio Artist
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design


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5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

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News and Blogs

Student working with an art easel.

College of Western Idaho (CWI) will welcome a collection of visual and performing arts professionals to campus, April 14 (Friday), for an afternoon of expert insight into the world of art and business. CWI’s Business of Art Symposium will run from 1-5 p.m. at the CWI Nampa Campus Academic...

CWI Art Instructor, Goran Fazil, is being featured at the Boise Art Museum (BAM) through March 26.

Actors with the Festival will visit the College, Feb. 16, to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream with an acting workshop to follow.

Photo credit: Boise City Department of Arts & History

April VanDeGrift is the subject of a blog recently shared by the Boise City Department of Arts & History.

Goran Fazil (left) was selected for the Boise Art Museum’s Idaho Triennial.

Goran Fazil was recently selected to participate in the Boise Art Museum’s Idaho Triennial.

The CWI Foundation recently awarded more than $6,000 to the recipients of this year’s Wishing Well Fund.


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