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Have You Ever Thought of Art as a Career?

Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College Annual Multimedia, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Commercial Photography Student Show gallery.

The Colorado Gallery of the Arts is currently hosting the Annual Multimedia, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Commercial Photography Student Show, April 21 - May 30. This exhibition showcases works created by graduating students as they prepare for an exciting and creative career.

Art and business have always been intertwined. Art evokes emotions and draws the eye in. Industries have long used the power of art to sell their products and advertise their services. Art allows a business to have a product with a unique appearance, and branding to set them apart from its competitors. Artists play a large part in almost every industry. 

Photo by Alexis Salminen
Photo by Alexis Salminen
Photo by Nicole Hartman
Photo by Nicole Hartman
Photo by Peggy Tio
Photo by Peggy Tio

Commercial Photography Program

The Commercial Photography AAS Degree at ACC is designed for people who want a varied and fulfilling career that is both creative and exciting. This is a skills-focused, highly intensive program for students serious about working in the photography industry. Taught by expert faculty who have first-hand experience working with top clients and agencies, students will emerge from the AAS Degree program prepared to compete in a range of photographic fields.

We offer a solid foundation for students to start a career in a range of photography and imaging-related fields. The curriculum provides extensive training in professional camera equipment, contemporary studio and location lighting techniques, portraiture, fashion, events, and multimedia photographic production. Students learn image capture and manipulation, digital asset management and workflow, and digital printing, publishing, and video. Students will also learn about the business and marketing aspects of commercial photography necessary to be successful. This program is balanced between the technical and the aesthetic skills necessary to make compelling images. There is a balance between traditional and digital image making and balance between the art and business of commercial photography. Electives and portfolio development courses allow students to focus their exploration on the specific kinds of photography they enjoy. An emphasis is placed on strong conceptual thinking and storytelling. This program is a place where students can explore, experiment, and expand their creativity.

Design by Devon Chayet
Design by Devon Chayet
Design by Hannah Monks
Design by Hannah Monks

Multimedia, Graphic Design, and Illustration Program

Expand your skills, knowledge, and artistic abilities through ACC’s Multimedia, Graphic Design, and Illustration program. Experience deep discovery in brand identity development. Find your visual voice in through typography. Hone your drawing chops in an illustration class. Learn and create in the Art and Design Center on the Littleton Campus, offering more than 14,000 square feet of studio space and classrooms.

Whether you are just starting your college journey; making a career pivot; or adding some tech on to an existing fine art background, we have a place for you!

On campus, students have access to the latest software in graphic design, including Adobe InDesign®, Illustrator®, Photoshop®, Dreamweaver™, Animate™, Premiere, and After Effects. Real-world training is available through internships, alumni reviews, printed projects, and of course from our distinguished faculty who stand equipped with degrees and experience in the creative careers you want to pursue.

Kandice Meyer, "Diablo Costume"
Kandice Meyer, "Diablo Costume"

The character Diablo, the Lord of Terror, the Prime Evil, is a video game villain from the Diablo video game series produced by Blizzard Games. This costume won the 3rd place intermediate division award at the 2018 Salt Lake City FanX Comic Convention. See Diablo in action.

Gallery Hours

April 21 - May 30

Monday – Thursday

Please join us for a reception on Thursday, April 28 from 5-7pm.

The gallery is located on the NE side of the college, 1st floor of the Annex A1300

Special Events 

During this exhibition the gallery will be hosting a few special events - please join us!

  • Thursday, April 21, 2:30pm, Cookies with the President 
  • Thursday, April 28, 5-7pm, Exhibition Reception
  • Tuesday, May 3, 4-6 pm, Progenitor Release Party 
  • Wednesday, May 4,  4-6pm, Arts & Humanities Awards
  • Thursday, May 5, 11:30-1:00pm, Open Mic with the Creative Writing 1 Students
  • Thursday, May 5, 4-6pm, Postcard Anthology Release Party

Visit our Virtual Gallery

For more information contact Trish Sangelo, Gallery Director trish [dot] sangelo [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (trish[dot]sangelo[at]arapahoe[dot]edu)