visual and media arts

Sculpt as you learn about the chemistry of clay. Draw to study stream ecology. Produce a documentary film. Exhibit art pieces to the public.

Rites of Passage art show

The studio open house for the Rites of Passage program.

Studying visual and media arts at Evergreen is different than attending an arts school. By setting your study within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, you will expand your skills in analytical thinking, critical reading, and writing as well as discover themes and ideas that support and refine your artistic practice.

Our students apply the theoretical and critical concepts they are learning to a range of artistic practices, from solving design problems to the production of full-scale independent projects. You will not just learn to create art — you will learn to use artistic skills as a means for exploring the vast world of ideas.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.

Television Director

Ready Camera One student Louie Armstrong directs a television interview in the CCAM control room. See below for more information about the CCAM.

Sample Program

Studio Projects: Outside the Lines

Offered Fall 2017–Winter 2018

This program questions and explores the division between the purpose art has traditionally served and alternative ways art can operate. We will pursue this inquiry through multiple learning modes, including studio practice, contemporary art theory and art history lectures, screenings, readings, written assignments, individual creative projects, and seminars.

We will ground the program in two studio practices: animation and printmaking. Because both originate in drawing, students will devote significant time to learning drawing skills and theory. Students will work back and forth between drawn and reproduced images, animation and intaglio printmaking, static and moving pictures. They will then develop independent projects that further their own inquiries into these practices. Creating individual and collective projects, students will gain basic studio skills and foundational visual and media literacy. They will learn a range of creative concept development practices, enhancing their knowledge of alternative ways of making and thinking about art.

View this program in the catalog.

Drawing Marathon

Life drawing session in the Drawing Marathon intensive summer class with Shaw Osha.

After Graduation

Audrey Marrs ’96

On her first try at feature filmmaking, Audrey Marrs '96 scored an Oscar nomination. On her second, she won.

Evergreen alumni artists routinely break new ground, creating original works that change the way we look at art—and the world. From making innovative textiles to reinterpreting traditional carving, photographing rock-n-roll to portraying Antarctica’s rarely seen environment, Greeners continue to add beauty and insight to the world around them.

Others make it their business to nurture creative talent and bring it to the larger community. They are graphic designers, documentary film directors, animators and illustrators, fashion designers, photographers, clothiers, jewelers, carvers, and sculptors. Beyond making their careers directly in art, many Evergreen alumni are involved in the arts in other ways, either as artists outside of their jobs or in promotion, arts board leadership, or volunteering.

The skills learned at Evergreen — visual and media literacy, presentation and communication, analytical and critical thinking — give students an advantage in their future work.

Nonfiction Media Production

Greeners produced a program comprised of the short documentaries for the program Nonfiction Media: Sustainability and Justice in the television studio.

Facilities & Resources

Student detailing a ceramic vase

Addison Houston shapes a vase in the ceramics studio.

Art Spaces

Visual art curriculum is supported by a wide range of studios and facilities for students to experience with and combine a variety of media.

  • 2-D and 3-D studios
  • Wood Shop
  • Large Metals Shop
  • Fine Metals Studio
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Printmaking Studio
  • Drawing Studio
  • Critique Spaces
  • Neon

Photoland

Photoland” is the pet name for Evergreen’s Instructional Photography and Photo Production Services. These areas provide academic and photo production support for the Evergreen State College, and offer limited access for the local community. Photoland facilities include:

  • Darkrooms
  • Digital Imaging Studio (DIS)
  • Photo Studio

Center for Creative and Applied Media (CCAM)

Evergreen offers advanced media access and education in a highly-current and technologically fluid environment. The CCAM facilities include:

  • TV studio
  • Production control
  • Green room
  • Sound effects studio
  • Audio lab
  • Small-scale studio
  • Audio/video post-production
  • 5.1 Surround mix studio

Electronic Media

Electronic Media provides technical media instruction and support for facilities that include:

  • Animation lab
  • Audio studios
  • Film editing suites
  • Music technology labs
  • Video and multimedia editing lab

Evergreen Art Gallery

Newly renovated art gallery features a cycle of provocative exhibits and installations by regional artists and touring exhibitions.

Media Loan

Students of all levels are welcome to borrow film, audio/video and photographic equipment from Media Loan. You can learn how to use this equipment from our staff.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Adornment: Tradition, Innovation, and Power FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Audio Recording I SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Audio Recording II SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Audio Recording III SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Ceramics: Hand-building SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Ceramics: Sculpting the Human Form SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Ceramics: Wheel-throwing SO-SR
  • Winter
4
China and Japan: Traditional and Contemporary "Silk Roads" FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Designing for Social Good: Two-Dimensional Design and Board Games SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
12
Diversity, Democracy, and Fake News: Making Our Way in the Time of Trump FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Documentary Images: Power, Pleasure, and Knowledge FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Drawing: Foundations SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Drawing: The Human Form SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Drawing: The Portrait SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Environmental and Social Justice Successes: How to Grow Hope in the Dark FR-SR
  • Winter
12
European Ethnobotany in Historical Context FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Housing and Community Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Media Internships JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
14, 16
Mediaworks: Animation, Documentary and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medieval Mystics: Artistic Inquiry and Printmaking SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Painting: Representation and Abstraction SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Photography: Beginning FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Photography: Digital FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Photography: Documentary SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Printmaking: Intaglio Impressions SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Printmaking: Introduction to Multiple Techniques SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Printmaking: Photo Process in Printmaking SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Printmaking: Print Stratum, Screen Printing and Collage SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Radio Practice and Politics SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Printmaking SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
0
Studio Arts for Expressive Arts Therapy: Developing Cultural Competence JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Studio Projects: Land and Sky FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Studio, Archive, Field: Advanced Projects in Media and Visual Art JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Burden of Representation: Photography and What We Show SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Theory and Practice of Painting SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Tradition and Innovation in Indigenous North American Fiber Arts FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Undergraduate Research and Projects in Critical and Creative Practices SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Unruly Bodies: Health, Media, Biology, and Power FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Woodworking: Casework for Storage SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Woodworking: Seating, Chairs, Stools and Benches SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Woodworking: Tables and Lighting SO-SR
  • Fall
4