|Creative Arts Division|
Division Chair: John Owens
Office: O124, Signal Peak Campus
Central’s art department prepares students with the foundation courses needed to enroll in universities as an art major. Art department courses include two- and three-dimensional design, drawing, and art history. Students interested in studio art can develop their skills in painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and metalsmithing.
Many students enroll in art appreciation courses to fulfill the humanities requirement. These classes are designed for optimum student involvement with several hands-on activities taught by working artists. Our Signal Peak Campus houses the Visual Arts Gallery that displays seven exhibits per year, including an annual student show and the work of many contemporary artists.
Central’s music department offers a variety of performance groups to enhance learning in the arts, and private instruction is offered in brass, percussion, guitar, bass, piano keyboard, voice and woodwinds. Work study programs and performing arts scholarships are available for qualified students.
Jazz choir is an auditioned group that performs jazz and popular music in a show choir setting and involves some choreography. The study of madrigal and ensemble art song singing is incorporated into this class. The choir offers many performances through the surrounding communities, as well as competitive vocal festivals and a performance in the college’s Performing Arts Series.
College choir is a choir of student singers that perform choral music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. Theory and musicianship are incorporated into the class to hone sight-reading skills, and two concerts are performed each year in addition to a graduation performance.
In the instrumental music department, the Central Jazz Ensemble performs standard and progressive jazz with an emphasis on learning and developing improvisational skills. Membership is contingent on director approval.
The college’s Wind Ensemble consists of approximately 50 members that perform a wide range of concert band literature as well as lighter works.
In Central's theater department, opportunities abound for students in acting, directing, cinema, stage combat, playwriting, theater history, design, and technical theater. Central offers a beautiful 735-seat auditorium that serves as the cultural center for Pinal County. Unlike university departments where students are required to specialize in one aspect, Central offers a chance to explore all aspects of theater.
Students take part in acting in productions, working behind the scenes and helping with concerts, variety shows, musical reviews, and touring Broadway musicals. Work study programs and performing scholarships are available for qualified students.
For those interested in technical theater, students will use state-of-the-art equipment such as a computerized lighting system, a comprehensive sound system and modern video equipment.
Students interested in mass communications and digital imaging can select from several classes in writing, editing, publication production, photography and graphic design. The campus newspaper, The Cactus, is produced by students in the Mass Communications Department.