If you enjoy expressing yourself in an artistic or creative way and consider yourself a good writer, speaker or designer, this pathway is for you. You can expect a small student-to-teacher ratio, easy transfer opportunities to four-year schools and professors who are experts in their field.
Some highlights include:
- Courses in literature, philosophy, journalism, communication, foreign languages, library science, theatre, music, art, interior design, graphic design, humanities and more
- State-of-the-art facilities including the JJC Black Box Theatre, a professional recording studio, art studios, the 2,055 square-foot Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery and more
- Opportunities to participate in JJC music ensembles, theatrical productions, art gallery exhibits and more
JJC fine arts students can expect foundational classes taught by expert instructors with experience from around the world.
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Fine Arts Department Chair
Students who are natural born leaders and creative thinkers find a communications studies concentration as a perfect fit. JJC offers many classes that transfer to four-year schools so students can go on to earn their bachelor's degrees. Communication studies students can find careers in law, advertising, public relations, teaching and much more.
Fine Arts Events
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- Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Closed Fridays in the summer)
Exhibition: Ana Zanic - Arcadia
Dates: Monday, Feb. 6 - Friday March 3, 2023
Gallery is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. when the college is open.
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 - 4:30-6 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 - 5 p.m.
About the artist:
Ana Žanić was born and educated in Croatia, where she earned a master's of fine arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, in 2002. She has been living in the United States since 2003.
Žanić’s watercolor practice is an exploration of the formal visual elements, as well as personal feelings, through an intuitive journey.
“Watercolor as a medium holds inherent qualities of intimacy, lightness, and spontaneity. Unlike most other mediums, its mistakes cannot be covered up with another layer. Its transparency shows the whole process. I love that aspect of its vulnerability - it resembles life itself.”
Žanić has exhibited in 20 solo and over 100 group exhibitions in the United States and Croatia. Her work is in numerous private and public collections in the United States, Croatia, Italy, Germany, China and Australia. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York, Chicago Art Source Gallery 1871 in Chicago, Walker Fine Art in Denver, and Olson Larsen in Des Moines.
Musica Viva Concert Series featuring Picosa
Sunday, February 5,
at 3 p.m. in the JJC Theatre
Picosa is a Chicago-based ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and composer-in-residence presenting compelling performances that reimagine the traditional classical music concert. Currently in its ninth season, the ensemble is in residence at Epiphany Center for the Arts, North Central College, and Elmhurst University, and is in its fourth concert season at DePaul University's Holtschneider Performance Center. Picosa is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2022 CMA Classical Commissioning grant in collaboration with Shawn Okpebholo, premiere to be held in 2024.
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English, Philosophy & World Languages
A variety of courses in English, journalism, literature, film, philosophy and world languages are offered.
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English, Philosophy & World Languages
Dr. Michael Thune
English, Philosophy and World Languages Department Chair
At JJC, you'll learn the latest trends in the journalism field. We offer classes in news reporting, photography, editing, public relations and more!
Want hands-on experience? JJC's student newspaper, The Blazer, offers students the opportunity to write articles and opinion pieces, take photos, design newspaper pages and learn web and social media strategy.
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Web Design, Development & Social Media
JJC's Web Design, Development & Social Media program provides students with the foundation they need to land a job after graduation or transfer to a four-year school.
Game Design & Development
Students will train for careers using professional software needed for this rapidly growing field.
Digital Media Production
Transfer to a Four-Year School
You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two years compared to a four-year public or private institution.
As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!
How to Study Abroad
At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.
- Spring Program: October 15
- Summer Program: February 15
- Fall Program: May 15
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Graphic Designers
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2022 43,109 4,158 2023 43,221 2024 43,334 2025 43,422 2026 43,561
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Graphic Designers
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $29,637.21 $57,766.46 25 $40,712.58 50 $57,766.46 75 $83,756.43 90 $125,134.22
Education Attainment Levels - Graphic Designers
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 3.85 A Certificate 7.69 Some College 7.69 An Associate Degree 15.38 A Bachelor's Degree 61.54 A Master's Or Professional Degree 3.85 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Interior Designers
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2022 15,062 1,592 2023 15,257 2024 15,434 2025 15,559 2026 15,709
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Interior Designers
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $28,068.30 $60,911.98 25 $41,210.03 50 $60,911.98 75 $96,745.24 90 $175,911.69
Education Attainment Levels - Interior Designers
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00 A Certificate 0.00 Some College 0.00 An Associate Degree 9.52 A Bachelor's Degree 90.47 A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
Public Relations Specialists
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Public Relations Specialists
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2022 29,904 3,062 2023 30,230 2024 30,546 2025 30,833 2026 31,108
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Public Relations Specialists
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $37,598.31 $75,126.03 25 $50,372.29 50 $75,126.03 75 $101,243.76 90 $143,100.10
Education Attainment Levels - Public Relations Specialists
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00 A Certificate 0.00 Some College 0.00 An Associate Degree 0.00 A Bachelor's Degree 90.91 A Master's Or Professional Degree 9.09 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
Sound Engineering Technicians
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Sound Engineering Technicians
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2022 5,692 679 2023 5,801 2024 5,905 2025 5,980 2026 6,077
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Sound Engineering Technicians
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $36,286.33 $62,549.72 25 $48,789.54 50 $62,549.72 75 $93,607.66 90 $157,752.26
Education Attainment Levels - Sound Engineering Technicians
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 37.04 A Certificate 11.11 Some College 7.41 An Associate Degree 22.22 A Bachelor's Degree 22.22 A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
Special Effects Artists and Animators
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Special Effects Artists and Animators
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2022 11,831 1,386 2023 12,019 2024 12,197 2025 12,356 2026 12,513
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Special Effects Artists and Animators
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $34,240.50 $76,633.00 25 $47,999.50 50 $76,633.00 75 $105,062.82 90 $148,221.56
Education Attainment Levels - Special Effects Artists and Animators
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 5.53 A Certificate 0.00 Some College 39.68 An Associate Degree 1.70 A Bachelor's Degree 52.75 A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.34 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00