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Art, Design & Performing Arts

Art LogoPreparing for a career in a creativity-driven field will not only open your eyes to how many products, markets and jobs rely on imagination, but will help you become more inventive yourself. By studying the arts, you will learn about new cultures, different forms of expression and using different methods to communicate ideas to an audience.

Harper College provides easily transferable credit courses that combine creative courses and first-hand learning opportunities. Programs include Art and Design, Architecture Studies, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Arts Design and Technology, Interior Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Web Design and Development.

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Share your talents through Harper’s numerous performance and exhibit spaces, events, publications, and contests.

Learn from highly trained faculty in a supportive, constructive environment. Our student to teacher ratio is 19:1.

 

Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of art, design, and performing arts career and transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study an art-related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.


To get started in taking art, design and performing arts courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Find out what's happening in the arts, design and performing arts at Harper College.

Shelley Gilchrist Artist Statement Small WOrks

Shelley Gilchrist Artist Statement Small WOrks

Small Works show brings art tradition back to campus

After a year off, the annual Harper National Juried Exhibition returns to spotlight pieces by artists from around the country while supporting the arts at the college.... Read More

Detail from cover of Point of View

Detail from cover of Point of View

Read Point of View, Harper's arts and literary magazine

Check out poetry, short stories and visual arts submitted by Harper students in the 2020-21 edition of Point of View, Harper College's award-winning arts and literary magazine.... Read More

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson

Harper's new VP of DEI blends background in psychology, inclusive excellence framework

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, reflects on the common threads of her career as she prepares to enhance Harper College initiatives to serve underrepresented populations.... Read More

Ten questions jesus molina homepage

Ten questions jesus molina homepage

Ten Questions with Jesus Molina

Jesus Molina, Veterans Center Coordinator at Harper College, on rescue dogs, becoming a U.S. Marine and the importance of leading by example. ... Read More

Harper 2021 graduates hold diplomas

Harper 2021 graduates hold diplomas

MacKenzie Scott gift helps launch Igniting Paths to Success Scholarship

The two-year Igniting Paths to Success Scholarship will award full tuition, fees and books to 1,000 students beginning this fall.... Read More

student using sewing machine

student using sewing machine

Behind the Scenes: Unmasked

Go behind the scenes of Harper's 2021 Student Fashion Show, Unmasked, with these images.... Read More

portrait of Konstantina Tsonis

portrait of Konstantina Tsonis

Ten Questions with 'Unmasked' poster designer Konstantina Tsonis

Harper Graphic Arts student Konstantina Tsonis designed the poster for Harper's 2021 fashion show, “Unmasked: Spirit of the Times.” Here are ten questions with Konstantina.... Read More

Harper College student Karla Bautista sews a garment for the upcoming fashion show

Harper College student Karla Bautista sews a garment for the upcoming fashion show

Virtual Fashion Show a creative collaboration

Influences from a variety of fashion legends and artists will be on display when Harper College's virtual fashion show goes live at 7 p.m. Friday, May 28.... Read More

ten questions rob holysz homepage

ten questions rob holysz homepage

Ten Questions with Rob Holysz

Rob “Wobby Wob” Holysz, Harper alum and producer of the podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, on his time at Harper, the empathy of younger generations and the best advice he ever received.... Read More


To get started in taking art, design and performing arts courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Last Updated: 8/23/21