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

    Upcoming virtual exhibitions are as follows:

    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.

     

  • Music

    Brian Fruits, JJC TheatreWinter Concert

    Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

    The JJC Fine Arts Department proudly presents the 2020 Winter Music Concert. This virtual concert will feature all of our ensembles including the JJC Community Band, JJC Chorale, JJC Chamber Singers, JJC Jazz Band, JJC Jazz Ensemble, JJC Percussion Ensemble and JJC Guitar Ensemble. 

    Reserve Your Virtual Seat Now

  • Theatre

    Auditions Open for Good Fortune: A Cautionary Tale

    Students and community members can now audition for Good Fortune: A Cautionary Tale, directed by Brian Fruits with Julie Giampaolo as designer coordinator and collaborating faculty member.

    Synopsis
    Let go from her job in the middle of the pandemic, Tarin spends her last $150 to be "certified" online as a fortune teller specializing as a "Finder," thinking she can scam money out of people who have it to burn. One day, a desperate father contacts her to find his missing daughter. Tarin makes up a vision and three days later, the daughter is found, alive and unharmed. News of the find spreads and Tarin, figuring she got lucky, leans into the new interest. Soon, many parents are clamoring for her guidance. One by one, she makes up stories and one by one, the children are found. Tarin begins to wonder if she really does have a gift - until she meets one mother whose child never turns up. 

    To Audition
    Please follow the steps below to audition.

    1. Fill out our audition form
    2. Record a 45-60 second video of a monologue. Please film from the knees up.
    3. By Jan. 26, 2021, send your monologue and a photo/headshot of yourself to bfruits@jjc.edu.

    Questions? Email bfruits@jjc.edu.

    First Rehearsal
    Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.

    Rehearsals will take place Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with some possible Sunday rehearsals. 

    Technical Design Opportunities
    Information will be distributed at a later date. Please contact Julie Giampaolo at jgiampao@jjc.edu with questions.

    Live Virtual Performances

    • Feb. 25 to 27, 7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 28, 2 p.m.

  • Sign Up for Event Notifications

    Want to keep tabs on the latest virtual fine arts events? Sign up to get notified.

     

English, Philosophy & World Languages

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

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