Fine Arts

Discover the vibrant world of fine arts through an indigenous lens at Salish Kootenai College's renowned Art Department. With a rich cultural foundation, diverse curriculum, and internationally recognized faculty, this Montana-based program offers an unparalleled Native American and Studio Arts experience for aspiring artists. Elevate your artistry as you develop essential skills, explore various media, and cultivate a deep appreciation for the power of creative expression.

At SKC, you'll gain a unique perspective on traditional Native American art forms, fostering the preservation of the priceless Salish and Kootenai traditions. Our Fine Arts Degree prepares students to excel in higher degree programs and encourages success in the art world through expert portfolio development.

Join us in celebrating art's vital role in history and community as you master techniques, hone conceptual abilities, and learn to market your work. Immerse yourself in the SKC Art Department and ignite your artistic journey while honoring the indigenous heritage that inspires our exceptional program.


Associate of Art Fine Arts

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.

Fine Arts Associate of Art Degree Curriculum

The Fine Arts Degree is designed to:

  • Prepare students to enter into higher degree programs in their area of interest, including transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.
  • Perpetuate the arts of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and other Native American tribes.
  • Introduce students to a range of art media and creative techniques.
  • Introduce Salish Kootenai and other indigenous arts through studio and lecture courses.
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of art and its importance in world history.
  • Prepare student to market their work or apply to other art programs through completion of an art portfolio.

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

  • Investigate and apply a variety of art techniques in their creative work.
  • Develop technical, conceptual, and design art skills.
  • 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.
  • Develop initial plans for marketing their work as artists.
  • Achieve visual interpretation, development, and presentation of Native American art.

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Past Student Artwork

Apply now and enjoy a unique educational experience that blends Western academic knowledge with Native American perspectives and practices. Benefit from smaller class sizes, personalized attention, and opportunities for hands-on learning and research. Join a supportive community that values cultural diversity and academic excellence, and prepare for a successful career and leadership role in your community. Apply today and start your journey towards a brighter future at SKC!