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Dec 19
Associate of Fine Arts degree unique to Mid-Plains


Shekynah Hodgen and Anders Swanson, both of North Platte, act out a scene in "Rhinoceros." Students in the Associate of Fine Arts degree program at MPCC can select an emphasis in theater, art or music.

Mid-Plains Community College is home to the only Associate of Fine Arts degree program in Nebraska. 

By selecting an emphasis in art, theater or music, students can receive a comprehensive foundation for a fraction of what they would pay at a larger institution. MPCC's small classes mean students receive tailored, one-on-one instruction. The credits are fully transferable to four-year colleges and universities. 

"We are extremely proud of our fine arts program and the reputation it has earned," said Rick Johnson, art instructor. "The classes are small, allowing for a great deal of interactive assistance and individual guidance. Our instructors are all professionals in their respective fields, with extensive exhibition records, and all have in common the best interests of each individual student." 

MPCC's fine arts program examines the formal, technical and expressive qualities of fine art – from the principles and design elements to the language used to describe, analyze and critique various works and performances.  

Any students interested in music can participate in choir and band – even non-majors. Private music lessons are also available. 

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MPCC art instructor Rick Johnson discusses techniques with freshman art major Hana Brock, of Lexington.

Additionally, fine arts students have the opportunity to join an art club, theater club, or music organization. That allows them to express, experience, interpret and understand the world of artistic expression through examples of media, performances and educational field trips. 

MPCC campuses in McCook and North Platte both provide access to downtown cultural venues for educational enrichment in all disciplines. Those include theaters, art guilds and galleries. 

Many of MPCC's graduates now work as professional artists and musicians, or in art-related fields such as teaching, architecture, graphic design, museum curation and advertising. 

Additional career opportunities exist in the areas of acting, theater production, set design, stage makeup, illustration, photography, jewelry design, musical composition, music directing and videography among many other professions. 

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Maximus Wohler, of North Platte, performs a solo during a fall recital. Wohler is pursuing an Associate of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in music through MPCC.

More information about the Associate of Fine Arts program at Mid-Plains is available by calling (800) 658-4308, emailing or visiting

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​