Fine Arts Department

About the JJC Fine Arts Program

Joliet Junior College is committed to students and their pursuit of fine arts. The college demonstrates its commitment to meeting students’ artistic needs by providing space for learning and performing. In 2012, the music program space tripled, adding classrooms, a recording lab and more. The Black Box Theatre was added as a setting for more intimate theatre productions and the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery has three times the space of its previous location.

Every year, the JJC Fine Arts Department hosts a variety of entertainment and cultural events for the community. With captivating theatre productions, must-see art gallery exhibits and nationally-recognized musical offerings, JJC is the cultural destination for residents both near and far.  

Please advise that all JJC Fine Arts hosted events are canceled through May 31 due to COVID-19 precautions. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

JJC is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and has a dedicated web page where you can find updates on the college's preparation and response measures.

For more information about JJC's Fine Arts events, please call 815.280.2223.

Fine Arts: Areas of Interest

The Fine Arts department is comprised of the following disciplines:

  • Communication

    The Fine Arts department at JJC offers a variety of courses and activities in communication, including Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Argumentation and Debate. 

    The Communication program stresses cooperative learning, small group activities, computer-assisted instruction and multimedia instruction to help the student better understand the principles of communication. Our faculty is consistently developing new courses and programs to better serve JJC students. Students will deliver a minimum of three formal presentations.

    What Will I Learn?

    Students will learn a wide variety of skills including critical thinking, critical listening, outline building, techniques to combat communication apprehension, the use of academic technology, preparation and proper use of visual aids, interpersonal skills, an understanding of perception, and an understanding of culture.

    What is Unique About our Communication 101 course?

    Our Communication 101 course is an introduction to basic human communication principles and skills. The course includes study and practice in Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Public Communication. Students have the option of taking our Communication 101 course face to face, hybrid, or fully online.

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  • Interior Design

    The Interior Design program is a broad-based educational curriculum for students planning to work in residential or contract design. The program provides the necessary academic foundation for students to continue beyond the associate’s degree level.

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  • Graphic Design

    The mission of the Graphic Design program is to provide students with industry-relevant and competency-based academic programs built on a solid art and design foundation that will prepare them for transition to a four-year college or university, or entry-level employment in graphic design production and related fields. 

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  • Music

    We offer a full music program with Theory, Aural Skills, Music History, Applied Lessons, and Ensembles.  Students at JJC are able to participate in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and in two Choirs. 

    We also offer a certificate in Music Technology.

    Learn more about JJC Music Program..

  • Theatre

    The Theatre major is a comprehensive program in which those interested in Acting, Directing, Design and any other aspect of theatre will be able to take the classes that will transfer to a four year theatre program.

    Learn more about the Theatre Program

    Spring 2020 Production Schedule

    The JJC Theatre is proud to update our Spring 2020 productions schedule:

    Running March 5-8, 2020, is our production of the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This lighthearted farce is set in Ancient Rome and features Pseudolus, a crafty slave, who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful (but slow-witted) courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero- in exchange for Pseudolus’s freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This show is fastpaced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals you will ever see. Directed by Tammy Perkins and held in the JJC Fine Arts Theatre on Main Campus.

    Please be advised that our production of Bent, previously scheduled for late April, has been postponed until fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tony Award nominee for Best Play the year it premiered, this powerful drama is the first play centered on the Nazis’ use of the Holocaust to persecute and eliminate gays. Set in 1934 and ranging from a nightclub in Berlin to the famous concentration camp of Dachau, Bent unfolds as a tribute to the power of the human spirit as it depicts the defiance of two brave souls. Held in the intimate Black Box Theatre on Main Campus, and directed by Clay Kirkland as his final production prior to his retirement at the end of Spring Semester.

    Performance Times:

    • Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (if noted), Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays (if noted) and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
    • All performances take place in the Fine Arts Theatre unless otherwise noted.

  • Visual Arts

    The Art Department at JJC offers students the opportunity to learn both the foundation courses of visual art and art history, as well as enroll in media-specific courses, including painting, figure drawing, ceramics, jewelry making and metalsmithing, graphic design, computer art, and photography.

    Learn more about the Visual Arts Program..