Visual Arts & Music Department

The visual arts and music department at Columbia College allows students to explore and build upon artistic talents, showcasing their works to public audiences. Graduates learn to turn their abilities into marketable skills.


Programs and experiences we offer

In addition to academic programs, the department of visual arts and music provides opportunities to showcase your original work! Student art projects are displayed regularly in two student gallery spaces and annually in one of our professional galleries. All students are welcome to join one of our vocal ensembles and perform at special events throughout the year.

Bachelor's degrees

Choose a degree that complements your artistic abilities.


Gain an edge in the workforce by taking a few more classes to add a minor to your degree.


Practice your vocal skills through one of several student ensembles.

  • The Jane Froman Singers
  • Chamber Choir
  • Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop

Department events

Columbia College Student Exhibition Fall Semesters

An annual exhibition held by the Columbia College art galleries which showcases artwork by our very own student artists. The show is judged each year by a well-known local artist.

Registration deadline: November 9

Greg Hardwick Gallery

Visual Arts and Music Spotlight Fall Semesters

See how you can develop your artistic voice at Columbia College. Attend the virtual Visual Arts and Music Spotlight to explore our programs and extracurricular opportunities.

Frances Dillingham Family Music Showcase Fall Semesters

An annual showcase featuring performances by Columbia College music students, including Frances Dillingham Family Music Fund Award recipients.

High School Art Exhibition Fall Semesters

The High School Art Competition is an annual exhibition for area high school students. Student work is judged by Columbia College art faculty and prizes are awarded to those whose work demonstrates excellence in technique and creativity.

Event Information Coming Soon


"The uniqueness I refer to is the degree of total involvement which our faculty assumes as its role."
— Sidney Larson

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