Fine Arts – Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)

Program Description

The SKC Art Department, embedded in an indigenous worldview, provides a solid foundation for students desiring to pursue a career in Fine Arts.  The diversity of this unique program, with its rich cultural foundation and nationally and internationally recognized faculty, provides one of the most dynamic Native American and Studio Arts facilities in Montana. The Fine Arts Degree at Salish Kootenai College will provide a quality professional post secondary art experience in fundamental skill development, appreciation, and creation of art in various art medias.  Students will have the ability to develop their creative ideas into quality art forms, as they increase their technical and conceptual expertise.  The traditional Native American Art classes will also provide students with the knowledge and techniques  for building skills that will allow them to produce original art items, while promoting and encouraging the preservation of our rich Salish and Kootenai Traditional Arts.


Program Objectives

  • Introduce students to a range of art media and creative techniques.
  • Develop technical, conceptual, and design art skills.
  • Introduce Salish Kootenai and other indigenous arts through studio and lecture courses.
  • Prepare students to enter into higher degree programs in their area of interest.
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of art and its importance in world history.
  • Complete an art portfolio that will be used for applying to other art programs or for marketing their work.
  • Develop initial plans for marketing their work as artists.
  • Achieve visual interpretation, development, and presentation of Native American art.


Upon completion of the Associates Degree, students will be prepared to:

  • Investigate and apply a variety of art techniques in their creative work.
  • Communicate thoughtfully and knowledgeably about personal art and the art of others.
  • Support, promote, and participate in community art.
  • Understand expressive and conceptual uses of community and tribal art.
  • Transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts Program
  • Develop initial plans for marketing their work as artists.