Why choose NPC?
No matter your level of expertise, NPC has an exciting variety of classes to encourage your creativity and develop your aesthetic and technical skills.
- 2-D classes: Studio classes in drawing, painting, watercolor and colored pencil are scheduled every semester at our four campuses (Holbrook, Show Low, Snowflake and Winslow). The foundational class, Basic Design, introduces you to page composition, tools, materials and concepts used in artistic creation. This class is offered each semester at all campus and center locations on the college's interactive video and enhanced audio systems.
- 3-D classes in ceramics are offered at the Show Low campus.
- Photography: NPC offers a variety of independent photography courses as well as several certificates and a full Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Photography Technician (PTO). Classes requiring a darkroom are taught at the Show Low and Holbrook campuses; digital photography is offered only at Show Low.
- Metal Art: For a truly unique art adventure the NPC Welding department offers two innovative 3-credit metal art classes.
For craft artists, NPC offers noncredit personal interest courses like ceramics, stained glass, quilting, jewelry and knife-making through its special Learning Adventures program.
Why Study Fine Arts
Whether you are pursuing art as a career, a passion or a hobby, let NPC courses help you fulfill the promise of that vision!
- Learn under the tutelage of outstanding, experienced, professional artists who support and encourage your artistic goals.
- Your expertise and confidence grow as you master valuable new techniques.
- Studio classes offer a collegial and inspirational environment in which to study and work.
- Enjoy opportunities to show your art at the NPC Talon Gallery in the Aspen Center at the White Mountain Campus in Show Low.
- Qualify for financial help with one of several NPC scholarships designed specifically for art students.
Want to teach art?
The college offers lecture courses that can help satisfy the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) requirements for transfer to any of the three Arizona state universities. Choose from: ART 101 Understanding Art and increase your understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts by studying the relationship of works of art to everyday life; ART 115 and 116, Art History I & II feature historical surveys of painting, sculpture and architecture through ages and cultures. Additionally, several NPC studio courses transfer directly to the state universities while many others are accepted as electives.
The NPC Talon Gallery is open to public viewing. For information and a glimpse of student, local and professional artists' works, visit the gallery website.
Your artistic background can open up career options in a variety of fields. These might include gallery enterprise; elementary, secondary and postsecondary education; architecture and commercial design in areas such as fashion, public relations, industrial and landscape settings. Opportunities exist in illustration and/or animation integral to website and digital communictions fields as well as in publishing, film and television production.