In 2008, I wanted to take a drawing course online or through correspondence study. I couldn’t find one drawing course offered at a distance at a community college. I searched through books and on the Internet. I checked the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and no online courses were listed. However, I did discover drawing and design courses at San Francisco City College where I received my AA degree. But the courses were hybrid, meaning, they were not offered fully online.
Finally, I decided to check each college, one by one. As a result, I discovered a drawing course at Lassen College. I began the correspondence study course in August and completed it in December. In January 2009, I took an art appreciation course through Lassen College’s correspondence study program. If I had not checked each college one by one, I would have not known this program was available.
In the fall of 2009, Foothill College began offering drawing courses online, so I took Drawing 2 that fall. And in the fall of 2011, Foothill College started offering an oil painting course online. I completed the course in December.
Foothill College seems to have the most online art courses among the California public Colleges. Besides, several new art courses have been added, and some have been discontinued, at least for now. In addition to Foothill College, American River College, Coastline Community College offer two dimensional design. Pierce College offers an
advanced design course, and Cerro Coso College has a drawing course. Lassen College no longer offers a drawing course online.
Online courses at California community colleges cost $49 per semester unit for residents. Foothill college runs on a quarter unit system.
Therefore, the courses there are $32 per quarter unit. Where ever you take your online art course, be ware that not all courses are offered each semester. So ask the art department about a particular course, or check back when a new schedule is available.