Program Overview

Becoming a good artist or designer on a technical level requires learning how to be a keen observer - of light, color, form, balance, design. But becoming a great artist or designer requires one to be a keen observer of the world, of its inhabitants, of one's self.

Beyond this, the most successful artists come to understand context: how their art fits into the world and contributes to it. Any school can provide skill sets, but a deep liberal arts education provides broader vision, creative problem solving skills, adaptability, confidence, tolerance, perspective. LCAD's Liberal Arts curriculum will elevate you from an artist with great technical skills to a complete artist whose great art matters - an artist who is an active citizen of the world, with the power to affect positive change through one's creative work.

LCAD liberal arts studies are augmented each semester with special guests who interact one-on-one with our students. For example, our World Cinema class has hosted Barbara Schock (Academy Award-winning writer/director/actress), Mary Iannelli (TV costume designer), and Michael Schiffer (writer/producer of Colors, Lean on Me, Crimson Tide, Very Bad Things, and the video games Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Call of Duty 2).

Our History of Graphic Design class recently showcased pioneering designers Michael Worthington and Mark Branton. Students in History of Illustration met with James Gurney (author and Illustrator of Dinotopia), while our Surf Culture class has featured guests like Joe Knoernschild (co-founder of Billabong, USA), Ron Colby (writer/director/producer of the acclaimed documentary Pirate for the Sea), Craig Lockwood (author/lecturer/surf historian), Michael Oblowitz (director, Sea of Darkness), and Greg MacGillivray (Academy Award nominated filmmaker/cinematographer and inventor of IMAX technologies).

Our Liberal Arts faculty includes widely published experts and world-renowned Art History scholars.

Published LCAD faculty lead panels on the writing process - from research and writing to submitting work for publication. Students can apply their studies toward a minor in Art History or Creative Writing. Outside of the classroom, our newly expanded, state-of-the-art library hosts regular open mic nights, along with special reading events featuring LCAD students and faculty.

Extend your learning experience with a Minor in Art History or Minor in Creative Writing

There is no end to the benefits of the college experience and earning one's degree. Topping the list would be the education itself and the relevance of the things learned to one's life-the development of both a depth and breadth of knowledge, the diversity of experience, the broadening of perspective-and, of course, the resulting competitive advantage that you gain in your employment search because of these things.

You can make sure that you accomplish all of this by adding a Minor in Art History or Minor in Creative Writing to your degree.

Just 12 units beyond your BFA major requirements are necessary to complete a minor in the Liberal Arts. That's four additional classes in Art History or in Creative Writing.

It is recommended that you declare a minor by the end of your second semester. Contact the Registrar for an appointment to file a "Declaration of Minor" form.

Writing Lab

All undergraduate students can get free help with writing assignments in our Writing Lab, just off our main campus courtyard. Our Writing Lab Director and other English writing faculty will work one-on-one with you to look over your drafts and help you become a better self-editor. Personalized tutors may be assigned to work beyond lab hours, depending on need. There is no charge for any of these services. Bring in any writing, for any class, and visit the lab as often as you like. In fact we encourage it! Several LCAD students have credited the Writing Lab for helping them grow from poor writers (who hated writing) to good writers (who actually enjoyed the art and craft of the written word). Yes, writing is an art form-one that can inform your other artwork, as well as deepen your vision and experience as an artist overall.