Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Art + Design at Delaware County Community College

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Mission Statement

The Associate in Fine Arts degree programs at Delaware County Community College in Graphic Design, Photography and Studio Art, strive to educate, motivate and inspire our students to succeed creatively and personally as artists, designers and photographers. Our programs correspond to the first two years of study at four-year institutions enabling our students to attain the necessary tools, knowledge and critical thinking skills to transfer successfully to the institution of their choice or to seek employment opportunities. Upon completion of the A.F.A. Degree Programs, the student will have produced a strong visual arts portfolio and also achieve a general education core that will prepare them to become an educated member of the greater society.

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Foundation Year

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The purpose of the foundation year is to prepare visual art students for a seamless transition into higher-level course work. Art students interested in pursuing an associate degree in Studio Art, Graphic Design, or Photography are required to complete a common core of foundation art courses designed to provide art students with studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design.

Foundation Student Work >> | Course Sequence (Foundation Year) >>

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Why choose Delaware County Community College?

Financial savings  
Community colleges offer a financial head start. Students save a considerable amount of money compared to public and private schools. Students may also be eligible to save additional money if they live in a sponsoring school district. View tuition and fees.  

In 2010‑11, about 57 percent of public four‑year college students graduated with debt. They had borrowed an average of $23,800 (in 2011 dollars). About two‑thirds of those earning bachelor’s degrees from private nonprofit institutions had debt averaging $29,900 (Source: College Board).

Develop a portfolio for transfer in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Photography
Every art student takes core foundation courses comparable to four-year art programs including drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and color design. Once students complete the foundation courses they can move onto their concentration and add to their portfolio. Students are expected to digitally document work from each course for their transfer portfolio. 

Cultivate skills necessary for success at a four-year school
Whether you are college ready or not, Delaware County Community College is an option to prepare and excel at higher learning. Studies show students who earn a two-year associate degree and transfer onto a four-year program have a higher chance of graduating than students starting out at a four-year school. Delaware County Community College is an excellent place to develop your skills and evolve as an art student in preparation for transferring onto a four year program. Many students find the College a comforting place to learn. 

My experience at Delaware County Community College changed my life. An extremely community oriented college with an ideal support system has helped me find my passion and has revealed unlimited opportunities. The faculty is very encouraging on an individual level. At times I doubted myself and thought I would fail, the faculty went above and beyond with words of wisdom; if it were not for the college I would not have had the confidence to move forward”  

-Jermaine Ollivierre, 2013 graduate

Full-Time Faculty

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Professor Bertha Gutman 
Professor of Painting & Studio Art
MFA:Painting; SUNY at Stony Brook
MFA:CUNY, Brooklyn College
BA:CUNY; Queens College

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Dr. Olivia Gruber Florek

Assistant Professor of Art History
PhD, Art History, Rutgers University
MA, Art History, Rutgers University
BA, Art History, Swarthmore College

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Professor Robert (Bob) Jones
Professor of Art, Coordinator of Graphic Design
BFA Kutztown University
MFA Syracuse, 1984


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Professor David Yox
Professor of Art, Photography and Graphic Design,
Coordinator of Photography
BFA: University of Arizona
MFA: The School of the Art institute of Chicago

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Professor Jaime Treadwell 
Associate Professor of Art + Design
Coordinator of Foundations & Studio Art
MFA: University of Pennsylvania
BA: SUNY at Cortland

Edem Norgah
Studio Assistant for Graphic Design and Studio Art
Tyler School of Art
Delaware County Community College, 2010
Office phone: 610-359-5042
Office number: 2318

Part-Time Faculty

Foundations, Studio Art Program and Design Coursework  
Barbara Augusta MFA, Painting, University of Michigan
BFA, Painting and Drawing, Rhode Island School of Design
Jeremy S. McGirl MFA, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Post-Baccalaureate
Certificate, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
BFA, Drawing, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Nathan Durnin MFA, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Certificate, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Jeremy Jirsa MFA, University of Pennsylvania
MAT, Maryland Institute College of Art
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art
Lisa Learner MFA, Painting, The University of Pennsylvania
BFA, Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Randy Gilmore MFA, Washington University
BA, Rollins College
Sarah Hayward MFA, Painting and Drawing, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
BFA, Painting, Sonoma State University, CA
BA, French, Sonoma State University, CA
Heidi Nam MFA, Interdisciplinary Studio Art, University of Pennsylvania
BFA, Drawing, California College of the Arts
James Smull MFA Cornell University
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University Rome Program, Temple University
Sarah Tortora  MFA, Interdisciplinary Fine Art, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Studio Art, Southern Connecticut State University
Photography Program, Dark Room and Digital Coursework  
Patricia Swanson MFA, Photography, Tyler school of Art, Temple University
BA, Studio Arts and English Literature, Western Washington University
Robert Szatmari MFA, Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology
BFA, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Art History  
Chryssa Moyer MA, George Washington University Museum Studies, American University
BA, Art History and Pre-Museum Studies, Religious Studies, Western Maryland College
Rachel McCay BA, Art History, La Salle University
MA, Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University Woodmere Art Museum, Assistant Curator
Alysha Meloche MA Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
James Smull MFA Cornell University
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Rome Program, Temple University
Graphic Design Program, Digital Coursework  
Janice Cave BFA, Communication Design, Kutztown University
Jeff Cohen MS, Digital Media, Westphal School of Digital Media and Design, Drexel University
BS, Occupational Therapy, Temple University
Sandra Buytn-Todd BFA, Graphic Design, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Mike Wroblewski BS, Graphic Design, Westphal School of Digital Media and Design, Drexel University
Brian Yetzer M.Ed. Career and Technology Education, Bowling Green State University
BFA, Computer Art, Graphic Design, Bowling Green State University Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum, The Ohio State University