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Art + Design

ACC Art + Design

ACC Evening with the Arts 2022

The Art & Design Program within the Olin H. Joynton Fine Arts Center offers three degrees that allow for a variety of creative career paths. The Associate of Arts in Fine Arts degree prepares a student to transfer to a 4-year institution. The Associate of Arts in Graphic Design degree also prepares a student to transfer to a 4-year institution. The Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design degree prepares a student to begin a professional career upon graduation. In addition to preparing for a 4-year institution or entering the workforce, each of the degree programs also offer the opportunity to simply enrich one’s life with a greater appreciation of art & design.

ACC Art Student painting a sculpture

Students work one-on-one with faculty in two-hour class sessions that include lecture, critique, technical demonstrations, and hands-on studio time. At the end of each semester, students experience the process of displaying their work in a grand exhibition called “An Evening With the Arts.” Open to the public, this event has a long history of sharing ACC student work with the community.


  • Associate in Arts -- Fine Arts
  • Associate in Arts -- Graphic Design
  • Associate in Applied Science -- Graphic Design

Creativity is consistently ranked among the top skills businesses need to thrive in the future. Below is a diverse list of categories for creative-based careers.

  • Fine Art
    • Fine Artist, Art Conservationist, Mural Artist, Tattoo Artist, Special FX Makeup Artist, Book Illustrator
  • Graphic Design
    • Design Director, Logo Designer, Book Designer, Magazine Designer, Typographer
  • Web Design
    • Web Designer, User Interface Designer, User Experience Designer
  • 3-D Product Design
    • Industrial Designer, Model Designer, Jeweler, Weaver, Glass Artist, Ceramicist
  • Organization/People Management
    • Art Teacher, College Professor, Private Art Instructor, Art Therapist, Art Dealer, Art Dealer
  • Writing/Analytical
    • Art Historian, Arts Administrator, Arts Blogger, Graphic Novel Author
  • Fashion/Textiles
    • Fiber Artist, Dressmaker, Embroiderer, Fashion Designer, Costume Designer, Textile Designer, T-Shirt Designer
  • Spatial Design
    • Architect, Urban Designer, Interior Designer, Theater Set Designer
  • Digital/Multi-Media
    • Animator, Concept Artist, Digital Illustrator, App Designer, Video Editor, Video Game Designer, YouTube Video Creator
  • Photography
    • Fine Art Photographer, Advertising Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Photo Journalist, Director of Photography
  • Display/Arrangement
    • Gallery Owner, Exhibition Preparator, Museum Curator, Personal Stylist, Floral Arranger, Exhibition Planner

Follow the ACC Art + Design program on Art + Design Facebook and Art + Design Instagram to see student artwork, program updates, and find out about the latest news and information! 

Art + Design Faculty

Brian Schorn
Brian Schorn - Art + Design Instructor

Born and raised in Alpena, Brian has earned degrees from all across the country including a BFA in Photography, a MFA in Photography, a MFA in Creative Writing, a MFA in Graphic Design, and a MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media. 

His art & design have appeared in over 100 solo and group exhibitions with publication in numerous books and journals. As owner and gallerist at Studio Rubedo, he curated contemporary art exhibitions with artists from across the nation. Brian also curated “Modern Art at the Besser,” an exhibition with works from the Besser Museum’s permanent collection. 

He has taught art & design at the University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, and Interlochen Art Academy

Joe Donna
Joseph Donna - Art + Design Instructor

Born in New York, Joe grew up in the Detroit area. In 1985, he received a MFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University. Shortly thereafter, he secured a teaching position at Kirtland  Community College where he taught for the next 27 years. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at Alpena Community College where he has taught art for the past 30 years.

Joe works in all mediums, but favors the photographic image. His subject matter ranges from whimsical portrayals of current culture to the deadly seriousness of religious dogma.

Joe’s works have been in many national exhibitions with several in private collections. He has participated in exhibitions at the Besser Museum and has been a six-year participant in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

Art+Design Student Expo

The ACC Art+Design Program in the Fine Arts Center cordially invites you to attend the Art+Design Student Expo
Friday, May 3  |  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • This event is free and open to the public
  • Refreshments will be served
  • Live music

Apply today!
Fine Arts Program Advisor Brian Schorn