Liberal & Fine Arts


If you enjoy expressing yourself in an artistic or creative way and consider yourself a good writer, speaker or designer, this pathway is for you. You can expect a small student-to-teacher ratio, easy transfer opportunities to four-year schools and professors who are experts in their field.

Some highlights include:

  • Courses in literature, philosophy, journalism, communication, foreign languages, library science, theatre, music, art, interior design, graphic design, humanities and more
  • State-of-the-art facilities including the JJC Black Box Theatre, a professional recording studio, art studios, the 2,055 square-foot Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery and more
  • Opportunities to participate in JJC music ensembles, theatrical productions, art gallery exhibits and more

Fine Arts

JJC fine arts students can expect foundational classes taught by expert instructors with experience from around the world.

Fine Arts Virtual Events

  • Art

    Art Exhibit

    Sticks and Stones by Christian Arrecis
    Feb. 8 to March 27

    These unique works (including photograms, rubbings, impressions, embossed paper, photographs and drawings) represent the artist's continued interest in the natural world as well as a search for the unintended and accidental in his own art-making.

    View the Virtual Gallery

    Artist Talk

    Wednesday, March 3, 2 p.m.
    The visiting artist talk with Christian Arrecis in conjunction with the exhibit is free and open to the public in a virtual setting. The Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery and Fine Arts Department invite you to join us and meet the artist in a social distanced setting.

    Please attend on Wednesday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

    Join the Artist Talk via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 817 9450 6654
    Passcode: 694404

  • Music

    Musica Viva Faculty Recital: Yukiko Fujimura, piano

    Sunday, March 7, 3 p.m.
    JJC invites you to its first virtual Musica Viva Concert series of spring 2021, featuring pianist Yukiko Fujimura. Dr. Fujimura is a JJC adjunct professor of music and an assistant professor of music at Union College in Kentucky. A native of Japan, she holds a doctorate in piano performance from Ball State University and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, and in Japan. Her program will include works by Satie, Ravel, Chopin, Debussy and Fleisher. This exciting free online recital will be available on Zoom. 

    JJC's Musica Viva concert series has been the only entirely professional, completely free-of-charge college concert series in the Chicagoland area for more than 20 years.

    Attend the Concert

    Musica Viva Faculty Recital: Adam Roth, guitar

    Sunday, March 28, 3 p.m.
    JJC invites you to its second virtual Musica Viva Concert series of spring 2021, featuring guitarist Adam Roth. Roth is an adjunct music faculty member at JJC, where he teaches applied guitar, music history and directs the guitar ensemble. With a master of music degree from Northern Illinois University, Roth studied classical guitar with Fareed Haque. His program will include works by Narvaez, Bach, Giuliani, Jugy and Rivera. This exciting free online recital will be available on Zoom. 

    JJC's Musica Viva concert series has been the only entirely professional, completely free-of-charge college concert series in the Chicagoland area for more than 20 years.

    Attend the Concert

  • Theatre

    Register to Attend JJC's Audio-Only Production of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    April 23-24, 7:30 p.m.
    April 24-25, 2 p.m.

    This performance is free and open to the public.

    Synopsis
    George and Lennie have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. When a tragedy strikes at their workplace, George is faced with a moral dilemma he will never forget.

    Register to Attend Of Mice and Men

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English, Philosophy & World Languages

A variety of courses in English, journalism, literature, film, philosophy and world languages are offered.

  • About Us | Contact Information

    English, Philosophy & World Languages

    Dr. Michael Thune
    English, Philosophy and World Languages Department Chair
    Office: C-1049
    Phone: 815.280.6663
    Email: mthune@jjc.edu

  • Journalism

    At JJC, you'll learn the latest trends in the journalism field. We offer classes in news reporting, photography, editing, public relations and more!

    Want hands-on experience? JJC's student newspaper, The Blazer, offers students the opportunity to write articles and opinion pieces, take photos, design newspaper pages and learn web and social media strategy.

    See Journalism Classes
    Get Started with a Concentration in Journalism
    Check out our student newspaper, The Blazer

    Journalism

    Bob Marcink
    Professor & Journalism Adviser
    Phone: 815.280.2607
    Email: rmarcink@jjc.edu

Web Design, Development & Social Media

JJC's Web Design, Development & Social Media program provides students with the foundation they need to land a job after graduation or transfer to a four-year school.

Game Design & Development

Students will train for careers using professional software needed for this rapidly growing field.

Transfer to a Four-Year School

You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.

Study Abroad

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!

  • How to Study Abroad

    At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.

    • Spring Program: October 15
    • Summer Program: February 15
    • Fall Program: May 15
       

    More on Study Abroad

Careers

  • Public Relations Specialists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Public Relations Specialists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 30,029 3,354
    2021 30,564
    2022 31,009
    2023 31,366
    2024 31,682

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Public Relations Specialists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $35,603.40 $66,224.24
    25 $48,321.75
    50 $66,224.24
    75 $94,785.28
    90 $133,758.30

    Education Attainment Levels - Public Relations Specialists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 0.00
    A Bachelor's Degree 91.67
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 8.33
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Multimedia Artists and Animators

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 16,255 2,005
    2021 16,498
    2022 16,683
    2023 16,832
    2024 16,967

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Multimedia Artists and Animators

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $35,341.31 $72,854.64
    25 $50,725.24
    50 $72,854.64
    75 $104,617.40
    90 $150,017.27

    Education Attainment Levels - Multimedia Artists and Animators

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 5.53
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 39.68
    An Associate Degree 1.70
    A Bachelor's Degree 52.75
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.34
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Graphic Designers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Graphic Designers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 41,572 4,422
    2021 41,904
    2022 42,169
    2023 42,348
    2024 42,533

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Graphic Designers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $26,820.08 $55,479.00
    25 $38,069.19
    50 $55,479.00
    75 $78,967.60
    90 $118,661.71

    Education Attainment Levels - Graphic Designers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 3.85
    A Certificate 7.69
    Some College 7.69
    An Associate Degree 15.38
    A Bachelor's Degree 61.54
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 3.85
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Interior Designers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Interior Designers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 13,740 1,498
    2021 13,914
    2022 14,052
    2023 14,157
    2024 14,263

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Interior Designers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $29,437.00 $58,158.61
    25 $42,210.84
    50 $58,158.61
    75 $84,897.30
    90 $130,611.23

    Education Attainment Levels - Interior Designers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 9.52
    A Bachelor's Degree 90.47
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Sound Engineering Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Sound Engineering Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 5,516 662
    2021 5,529
    2022 5,536
    2023 5,535
    2024 5,526

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Sound Engineering Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $23,821.87 $62,932.38
    25 $35,497.43
    50 $62,932.38
    75 $99,900.57
    90 $158,749.69

    Education Attainment Levels - Sound Engineering Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 37.04
    A Certificate 11.11
    Some College 7.41
    An Associate Degree 22.22
    A Bachelor's Degree 22.22
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00