The TC Visual Arts Department offers a high-quality education that gives students an excellent foundation in the visual arts. Our instructors are highly regarded both regionally and nationally for their work as practicing artists, educators and writers.

DSC_8049-reducedLocated in the Visual Arts Complex at 2101 S. 5th St., the program is just a short distance from Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco.

The 17,000 square-foot facility houses an art gallery, computer lab, photography lab, audio/visual lecture room, drawing/printmaking studio, ceramic/sculpture studio, painting studio, and outdoor kiln/foundry work area. Studio space and hours are flexible, enabling students to work in the facility outside of class.

Most of the classes taught at Temple College and its off-campus centers in Taylor and Hutto, are scheduled around a four-day week. This is economically attractive for our commuter population and is popular with our students. There are night classes offered each semester as well.

Classes at Temple College are generally smaller, thus giving students the individual attention they deserve. Classes also are informal, which promotes creativity. Some of the materials needed are provided by the department, but students are responsible for most of their materials.

Both studio and lecture art classes incorporate learning objectives that are required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. These learning objectives include teamwork, social responsibility, communication and critical thinking. We also believe that non-conformity and non-traditional thinking are essential elements in learning to be an artist and a creative problem-solving member of society. In a world where students will likely change jobs eight times during their lifetimes and perhaps as many as 40 percent of tomorrow’s jobs do not exist today, we believe that it is important to teach creative flexibility and multiple skills to order to maintain employment.

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Michael Donahue

Temple College Visual Arts Complex
2101 S. 5th Street, Temple Texas

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Employment Facts


Average entry-level salary for a graphic artist with a bachelor’s degree.


Average entry-level salary for a curator with a master’s degree.


Average entry-level salary for a K-12 art teacher with a bachelor’s degree.

The Temple College Visual Arts Department wants students to be successful and to transfer to four-year institutions without difficulty. The Associate of Arts in Art degree plan noted here is an effort to help with transferability and to avoid the loss of time, energy and finances. It is highly recommended that students follow these suggested guidelines. We have non-traditional students with jobs and families and these courses may be taken over a greater amount of time in those cases.

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Visual Arts Gallery

The Temple College Visual Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Complex on the Temple College main campus.

Each year the art department hangs four exhibitions in the VAC gallery. Two shows encourage and promote student art works while the other two show the work of professional artists, former students, or faculty.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or by appointment during the Fall and Spring semesters
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Recent News & Press

Spring student and faculty art exhibition runs through May 2

April 12, 2017
An exhibition featuring the work of students and faculty members in the Visual Arts Department at Temple College will be on display in the college’s Visual Arts Gallery beginning April 15. The show will feature about 50 works, including photography,... read more

Spring gallery exhibit features illustrations of insects from around the world

February 1, 2017
Greg Lewallen has been an artist all his life, but his artistic career did not really take off until he drew a moth. “I had drawn a sketch of a moth and a colleague asked me where I had gotten... read more
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Student Artwork

From the Easel – Drawing and Painting

From the Kiln – Sculpture and Ceramics

From the Darkroom – Photography