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About The Programs

In the over 80 years of its existence, Pasadena City College has provided both outstanding service to its community and has served as a model for community college education throughout the state and nation. As the "crown jewel" in the California Community College system ranked at the very top in 4 of the 6 criteria utilized to judge performance the College continues to provide exemplary education and community service.

Of particular note are its large and varied programs in Visual Arts and Media Studies and Performing and Communication Arts.

Visual Arts offers programs as varied as studio arts (painting, printmaking), photography, art history, journalism and others. These programs attract hundreds of students and community members to their offerings.

The Artist in Residence program, in its third decade, is an extraordinary example of the vision, dedication and ambition of the division to remain the best program of its kind in the nation, and, with its participation to city-wide festivals of arts and ideas, adds a rich and resonant dimension to the city's life.

The institution, with the establishment of the George Boone Sculpture Garden, has recognized the importance of cultural experiences in the lives of its students and community and has created this educational and aesthetic forum to facilitate the discourse on issues surrounding art in public places. Equally, the community, via the support of individual citizens and art organizations, has recognized the significance of the project and has consistently supported its objectives.

Performing and Communication Arts includes programs in Music, Theater and Dance, among others. The Music Department engages students and community members in choirs, bands, orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, guitar, jazz and the world famous Tournament of Roses Honor Band. The Theater Department presents six major productions a year along with smaller one-act productions.

Students in these programs have transferred successfully to renowned four-year institutions of their choice with significant scholarships and to careers as varied as the offerings of the programs. For example, over the past 10 years, over 650 students have transferred to the Art Center College of Design.

History of the Divisions

Read about the long and colorful history behind the Center for the Arts divisions.

Performing and Communication Arts

Visual Arts and Media Studies