Communication & Fine Arts

The Communication and Fine Arts Department at the Quad-Cities Campus offers students an opportunity to develop a strong liberal arts background with an emphasis in verbal and written communication, the field of music performance, therapy or the music industry, or learn real world skills in a creative, hands-on environment while developing a professional art portfolio. Many BHC alumni also have gone on to teach art or music in the community at the middle or high school level.

The department offers a number of programs such as the new one-year Music Industry Certificate Program to help get your foot in the door of the music-related business. We have dedicated labs where you can collaborate with faculty members in electronic music, ceramics, website design or graphic design. Some programs offer multiple tracks or options to the field of study. Options allow you to focus on a specific area that more appropriately suits your individual interest or employment needs.

Scholarship opportunities
Majors and non-music majors can audition for an Achievement Award in music which can significantly reduce cost of attendance by earning up to 12 credit waivers each semester. Competitive tuition waivers also are offered through the Art Achievement Awards or other scholarships specifically set aside through the BHC Quad-Cities Foundation for fine arts students.

Endless opportunities to get involved for majors and non-majors
From choir ensembles, orchestra and jazz band to monthly art receptions, a student art show and the ArtFusion magazine that is entirely designed and composed by students, there is something for any student no matter what the skill level or interest.

ArtSpace GalleryArtSpace Reception
Black Hawk College hosts monthly exhibits in its ArtSpace Gallery in Building 4. Local, regional and national artists are invited to submit exhibition proposals for the academic year. During the last month of the academic year, ArtSpace is reserved for our Student Art Show. BHC students submit artworks that are judged by a local professional artist. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Extracurricular Activities

Student clubs:
A wide variety of clubs cater to many interests and are free to join and take part in. Participating is a great way to enhance your academic experience and meet new friends! If you have a new club idea, stop by the Student Life Office in Building 4 to find out how to get started.

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Special events on campus:
• Monthly art receptions
• ESL Conversation Café
• Student Art Show
• Trips to Chicago museums and art galleries every fall and spring semester.
• Dozens of concerts, recitals and festivals throughout the year by students and visiting artists.

ArtFusion 2018 Cover ArtFusion Magazine
ArtFusion is produced every other year by and for the students of Black Hawk College. From essays to digital drawing to photography and painting, student works are featured throughout a professionally formatted and published magazine.

View the magazine as a flipbook.

Click here to download the most recent ArtFusion magazine.


The Visual Communication Associate in Applied Science program is rooted in a strong foundation of basic drawing and design skills, with classroom exercises providing practical and theoretical experience. Students develop strong skills and technical knowledge using a variety of software programs, as well as experience with digital cameras, downloading images, scanning, printers and digital prepress considerations. Courses also develop skills for working in a team-based environment, as well as communication skills with supervisors, clients, writers, and other marketing and advertising professionals.

The Art Technology Certificate is a one-year program that emphasizes the technical aspects of visual communication, focusing in particular on the development of graphic design skills. The curriculum is rooted in a strong foundation of basic drawing and design skills.

The Music Industry Certificate is primarily designed to provide the basic tool set required for local, regional or national entry-level employment in a variety of music-industry related settings. Students completing the certificate may find entry-level positions with music marketing and sales companies, record companies, arts management firms, music publishing companies, music festival promoters, music recording studios or music production companies.

Transfer programs
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn one of three associate degrees: Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts or Associate in Science.

Explore Transfer Programs

Career programs
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Music Industry Certificate 5124 Certificate 29 Music Career Programs Communication & Fine Arts
Visual Communication (AAS) 5457 AAS Degree 66 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer & Engineering TechnologyCommunication & Fine Arts
Art Technology Certificate 5967 Certificate 36 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer & Engineering TechnologyCommunication & Fine Arts