Art Department


Art at North: Solid & Affordable Classical Training Plus Emphasis on Crafts

Professional Training | General Education & Enrichment

North Seattle College's Art Program provides a solid foundation in classical art, coupled with an emphasis on a range of crafts not generally taught in community colleges. The wide array of affordable courses includes ceramics, drawing, computer art, 2-D and 3-D design, metal design, printmaking, painting, jewelry-making, and sculpture — as well as art history. 

Enrollment in North’s art program requires no prior portfolio. All classes are transferable and fulfill general education requirements for an Associate of Arts degree or a specialized Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree

Art instructors are successful working artists, respected in their fields and serving as both role models and mentors. NSC art studios are well-equipped and constantly updated.

Professional Training

North is one of a handful of colleges in the country to offer a 2-year Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art, as well as a one-year Certificate of Fine Arts (CFA) in Art and a 4-quarter Certificate in Jewelry Design (through one of the few jewelry-making programs in the state).

In the Art Department, discover — or redefine — your creative focus as an artist and build your portfolio in preparation for transfer to a 4-year or professional school. North's students have fared well in transfer both in- and out-of-state — to the University of Washington, Central Washington, Western Washington and Evergreen, as well as to Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Oakland School of Art, Savannah School of Art and Design, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Classes also prepare you to be an entrepreneur as a studio artist. Art business classes help you strengthen your portfolio and equip you to market your work effectively. 

Art for General Education & Enrichment

Take art courses for general education credit in the area of Visual, Literary and Performance Arts (VLPA) — or for pleasure and personal enhancement with no degree as a goal. The many choices in the Art Department will help you to explore your artistic potential, express yourself, learn to think visually and respond to life's possibilities more creatively.

Everyone can find a place here — North's art students range in age from 16 to 85, and their art interests are equally varied. Some students with a BA pursue the AFA degree to complement their training in another discipline. An art background could be the basis for related jobs in museums or galleries, set design for theater and opera, or costume design. 

Courses can be taken for credit or on an "audit" basis. 


        I spent four years as a student in Lynne Hull's metals classes and continue to stay involved by volunteering in the metals studio. The facility is a valuable resource for any student interested in metalsmithing. Access to the tools and equipment there provided me a wonderful place to explore and develop skills, techniques and artistic voice.  

        Lynne has a wealth of knowledge about metalsmithing, life as a metalsmith, and the politics and ethical issues involved in the craft, as well as studio health and safety. Lynne is always reinforcing my desire to perform to the best of my ability at any given time, and I am very thankful for my time with her at North


        —Kristen Hummel


        I am particularly impressed with the willingness of North's art instructors to help individual students with their particular needs. I've taken mostly metal art classes with Lynne Hull, who does an amazing job of managing a wide range of student experience in class. Intermediate and advanced metal techniques classes are often expensive and hard to come by, so it’s a great opportunity to find these classes at North.


        —Jason Kwan
        Art student

        Art Department

        Kelda Martensen
        (206) 934-4535

        Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division

        IB 2407
        Division Contacts
        (206) 934-3709
        Mailing Address
        NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
        9600 College Way N
        Seattle, WA 98103

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