The Art, Architecture + Design department has a wealth of facilities ranging from art studios to CADD laboratories to a world–class art collection.
Art Studios and Photo Darkrooms
The Studio and Fine Arts Programs have three large light filled spaces—West 240, 243 and 244 that are dedicated to teaching foundation courses in the studio arts. These rooms are designed to teach a variety of courses—art history, two-dimensional design, color theory, drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. For photography, students have access to two state-of-the-art Mac Labs for digital photography and a fully operational wet lab for film-based photography. Ceramics students have access to a kiln room.
The Design Studio—West 232, is the main room used for the design studio courses. Equipped with twenty-five Windows workstations running Autodesk Autocad and Revit 2016 and SketchUp Pro 2016, an Océ TDS300 wide-format 44" plotter, HP DesignJet 24" plotters, the light-filled lab has a high ceiling, ergonomically designed workstations, an environmentally friendly cork floor, and wired and wireless access to the internet. The room is open to AA+D students at all times.
The dedicated CADD Lab, West 246, is used for all computer-aided drafting and design courses. Equipped with twenty-five Windows workstations running Autodesk Autocad and Revit 2016 and SketchUp Pro 2016, the lab is light-filled, has ergonomic seating and wired and wireless access to the internet. Epson Stylus Pro 3880 inkjet printers and HP DesignJet 24" plotters are used for final presentations in the design courses. The room is open to AA+D students at all times.
Graphic design, web design and digital photography classes are taught in state-of-the-art labs—West 237 and 241. Respectively equipped with twenty-three and twenty-five 27" iMac workstations running Adobe Creative Cloud, Ricoh MP C4504 multifunction printers and Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 inkjet printers, the labs are light-filled, have ergonomic seating and wired and wireless access to the internet. The rooms are open to AA+D students for lab hours when classes are not in session.
Art History courses are taught in West 249, a large light-filled space equipped with two SMART Board interactive displays, blackout blinds, dimmable lighting, as well as modular seating for thirty students.
NCC Art Galleries and Art Collection
Norwalk Community College has two art galleries and an art collection that allows the college community to view and experience original artworks in a close and intimate environment. The art galleries and collection use artworks as an everyday part of the educational environment, a teaching tool for art related courses and a means to create a visually stimulating environment. Norwalk Community College’s ongoing commitment to the art galleries and collection demonstrates its recognition that the visual arts are an essential part of a college education.
Art Galleries The NCC Art Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the East Campus, focuses on exhibiting regional and nationally recognized artists. The West Campus Community Gallery, located on the first floor of the West Campus, features exhibitions on local organizations and issues. Each gallery schedules approximately five exhibitions a year, including the Student Art and Architecture Exhibition and High School Art Invitational. During most exhibition openings, which are free and open to the public, the featured artist will present and discuss their work.
The gallery hours are:
Monday–Thursday: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
NCC Art Collection The NCC Art Collection is housed throughout the NCC campus. More than 600 national and internationally known artists can be seen in classrooms, corridors, offices and community spaces throughout the East and West campus buildings. The collection focuses on contemporary art which has been acquired primarily through generous donations and annual allocations from the college.
For further information contact Susan Hardesty, Director of the NCC Art Gallery and Art Collection, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857.7197.