Set your “creative” free and make a career you love!
Art is offered at Kirtland Grayling.
Median Salary (2019) in Michigan: $23,780
Employment growth trends (2018-28): -1% to 1%
Median Salary (2019) in Michigan: $47,280
Employment growth trends (2018-28): 2% to 3%
Median Salary (2019) in Michigan: $60,000
Employment growth trends (2018-28): 4% to 6%
The median salary for career opportunities from this program according to O*NET Online.
What will you learn?
You’ll learn ways to refine your natural talent. You’ll learn how to build an impressive portfolio. You’ll learn why it makes sense to earn a degree that supports your craft. You’ll learn how to make dreams come true while saving a lot of money.
I discovered that art is something I can put my time and attention into. The instructors definitely took me out of my comfort zone and I discovered I could do various types of art I never thought possible. My advice? Get out of your comfort zone!
Start now & Transfer to “that” school!
We don’t mind bragging about bigger, four-year colleges and universities having their radar up for our students. Many graduates of our Foundations in Art and Design (AAS) and Graphic Design (CC) programs wind up at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and the Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Plus, our industry-renowned instructors have helped a ton of students get great scholarships to these schools when they transfer from Kirtland.
As the world continues to demand visually-oriented and graphic-based work, people are making a lot of money creating it. From marketing and ads to designing websites, trained “creatives” are doing what they love at great jobs — they’re even starting businesses of their own. Our instructors will make sure you’re ready by working with you to focus your strengths and map a path for your future.
Our art and design instructors are nationally accredited artists with major accomplishments and powerful relationships with four-year art colleges. They know what it takes to create pieces that are perfect for portfolios and make guide you to make a career out of your creative talents.
If you’re interested in building websites, doing graphic design, animation, or want to make a living in fine arts or photography, choose an Associate in Applied Science (Art and Design) or a certificate in Graphic Design!
One (or eventually both) of these programs is for you if you:
- want to save big money
- are willing to improve in order to be worth more money
- intend to attend a four-year college or university
- would like to have your own business
- are ready to start building a portfolio!
Save money & Be ready!
Four-year colleges and universities have very much the same first 30 credit requirements for an associate degree via the Michigan Transfer Agreement. We know who requires which ones and can match your classes with us so most (if not all) of the credits you earn with us will transfer.
Although the first two years of most bachelor’s degree programs are basically the same: entry-level courses in math, science, English, social sciences and the humanities, as well as some higher-level courses in your field of interest, we offer areas of concentration.
It makes sense to earn your associate degree through us because those first 30 credits easily transfer (and we’ll help you have a seamless transfer).
It makes even more sense to choose an area of concentration if you plan to continue your education at one of the schools you’ve been hoping to attend.
If you’re looking for a fast way to add a great credential to your resume, grab the graphics certificate!
If you’re looking at transfer options, keep in mind that our tuition is one-third the cost of four-year colleges and universities. You’ll save a lot of money no matter which program (AAS or CC) you choose. You’ll save the most if you’re headed toward continuing education at one of the other two hot spots in the state. You won’t suffer the travel costs of driving to and from downstate, or the trouble of finding a room or house to rent. Get started here. You’ll be so glad you did.
Choose your area of focus!
Our Foundations in Art and Design (AAS) and Graphic Design (CC) programs, include:
Web Design and Internet Development
Three-Dimensional Product Design
What’s distinctive about our Art and Design program?
- Instructors are nationally accredited artists.
- It’s designed to help you build a powerful portfolio.
- You can easily transfer your credits (we’ll help).
- It costs one-third the rate of four-year universities and colleges and we’re here to help you capitalize on scholarships to help pay your tuition after transferring!
Ready to get started?
You have big dreams. We have a place for you to make them real. Let us help you get a job you love, so you never work a day in your life! Get started today. Our admissions, registration, advising and financial services staff are ready to help you now!
Kirtland’s Art Department is the best in northern Michigan because of the hands-on instruction we’re able to provide to our students. Our instructors are nationally known and recognized artists. This one-on-one interaction allows students to bounce creative ideas off instructors and, ultimately, develop projects and art that has never been done before.
Whether you’re looking to move directly into the art industry workforce or plan to continue your schooling to receive a BFA, we help students to put together a strong portfolio that truly highlights artistic skills and potential. Our ability to provide one-on-one instruction and our relationships with the best four year art colleges in the state definitely set students up for success, whatever their career plans and future goals may be.