The NVC Visual Arts program offers a comprehensive range of courses for both transfer/degree and lifelong learning students. Our studio art, art history and digital art courses teach students to develop practical and conceptual skills while honing their ability to think critically, creatively, and independently, all while preparing for a career or for transfer to a college, university or art school.

Career Opportunities

Artist – fine artist with commercial gallery representation, Educator (K-12, higher education, museum, non-profit organizations, private institutions), Curator, Gallerist, Exhibition Technician, Exhibition Designer, Sign Maker, Art Handler, Fabricator (for example, facades on movie sets or amusement parks), Registrar (tracks artworks in gallery or museum), Conservator (preserves and restores artworks, usually knows chemistry), User Experience/Visitor Services (visitors to physical and online places), Data/Information Designer, Public Relations, Media/Communications/Marketing, Digital Designer (websites, apps, interactivity), Graphic Designer (publications, online, signage), Art Director, Creative Director, 2D and 3D Animator (storyboard artist, concept artist, character design, backgrounds and textures artist, model making, visual sequences), lighting, Visual Effects, Special Effects, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Product Designer, Packaging Designer, Industrial Designer, Transportation Designer, Toy Designer, Illustrator, Interior Design, Landscape Designer, Event Designer/Stylist, Stylist, Advertising, Jewelry Maker, Graphic Novelist, Cartoonist, Scientific Illustrator, Sustainability Designer, Entertainment Designer, Environmental Designer, Photographer, ​Architecture, Art Historian.

Contact Information


Arts and Humanities
Building 100
Phone: (707) 256-7500


Robert Van Der Velde
Senior Dean, Arts and Sciences
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7768

Program Coordinator

Erik Shearer
Professor, Studio Art
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7464


Rhue Bruggeman
Professor, Studio Arts-Ceramics
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7540

May Jong
Professor, Digital Arts and Design
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7535