Creative Arts Division

Division Chair: John Owens
Email: john.owens@centralaz.edu
Office: O124, Signal Peak Campus
Phone: 520-494-5396
Fax: 520-494-5259

Art Department

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.

Music Department

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.

Entertainment Industry Technology

Recording EngineerIf you're looking for a career in the music industry, look no further! The Entertainment Industry Technology (EIT) program at Central Arizona College will prepare you for an exciting career in the music business. A literal "School of Rock," the EIT program is your chance to rock out and embed yourself in the technology and business of making music - for a living! This new, dynamic, hands-on program is designed to give students comprehensive training in the modern popular music entertainment industry.

Learn how to manage bands, record hit records in a recording studio, write and record hit songs, publish your original music, perform high-energy shows in front of live audiences, manage concert venues, run live sound and lighting at concerts, write contracts, get your music licensed in TV shows and movies, mix and master commercial-quality recordings, and so much more! Areas covered within each degree track include learning the current technology that is used in the industry, as well as modern business standards and practices.

Theater Department

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.

Mass Communications

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.


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