The Art Program offers beginning and advanced level courses for the student seeking to fulfill general education requirements, skills development, and/or cultural enrichment.  General education requirements can be met through art history and art appreciation courses, as well as through hands-on studio practice in design, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and illustration.  Core courses emphasize abstract reasoning, problem solving, creative and critical thinking skills that are applicable to all areas of study.   Additionally, studio courses develop technical skills and a portfolio of artwork that prepares students for transfer to prestigious four-year universities and art schools.  Art History and Art Appreciation courses emphasize critical analysis of artworks within their cultural and historical context in both traditional and online formats.

Art students gain practical experience by presenting their work in campus exhibitions, as well as competitions, art festivals and workshops.   The vocational skills acquired in the program additionally prepare students for professional level activities.

The Moorpark College Art Gallery maintains an active exhibition schedule, where professional artists are invited to exhibit and lecture about their work.  The gallery also serves as a public face for the College.  The Moorpark College Art Department faculty are practicing artists who exhibit their work both nationally and internationally.

Department Administration and Staff

Office: AA-101
Phone: (805) 553-4121

  • Priscilla Mora, Dean
  • Rain Matheke, Administrative Assistant

Full-time Faculty

  • Lydia Etman
  • Erika Lizée
  • Cynthia Minet
  • Gerardo Zucca


  • Jodi Dickey
  • Kellie Porto-Garcia
  • Wendy Berg
  • Courtney Swink
  • Cassandra Cowen

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