• LCAD Liberal Arts

    LCAD Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

Elevate your creative and intellectual abilities


LCAD’s Liberal Arts experience sets us apart from any other college of art and design. Our Liberal Arts courses and options of minors will elevate your creative and intellectual abilities.


The word “Liberal” comes from the root word liber, which means freedom or liberation. It is the mission of all LCAD Liberal Arts courses to liberate students from old patterns of thought and stagnant definitions of success and meaning. Ultimately, those who better understand the world gain the tools to help shape culture and meaning within their own communities and globally. Whether you are an artist or a designer, the knowledge that you gain about the history and current state of culture will resonate in your work. At LCAD, your liberation from conventional classes will be reflected in your liberation from your old worldviews.


LCAD’s progressive Liberal Arts curriculum is designed to teach you diverse methods of critical and lateral thinking and to instill better habits of mind, which, in turn, prime you for more effective creative output. Our coursework combine traditional subjects with new and innovative methodologies to engage you and to make a lasting effect on the whole you.


LCAD’s Liberal Arts courses will make you better informed about the history of culture, literature, and art.


Through a variety of interesting subjects and readings, you will develop as a creative problem solver and broaden your worldview. You will grow to understand the metrics of happiness and success while opening new pathways for original thought. You will gain a better understanding of the human experience, increase your capacity for empathy, and better develop your own voice. Keeping the artist in mind, our courses will also help you to understand your place within the artistic continuum and to articulate your unique aesthetic point of view. Your connections between creative work and the world beyond the classroom will be enhanced.

Liberal Arts Instructors  

 All LCAD Liberal Arts instructors are experienced educators, many of whom are world-class scholars, poets, authors, and working artists in their own fields.


As such, they bring unique assets to the classroom, including guests who are Academy Award®-winning storytellers and songwriters, and prize-winning authors and publishers. From these great minds, you will learn the foundations of storytelling techniques, the histories of civilizations, the history of all art making, and the specialized history of your chosen major. And to further elevate your learning experience, you may choose to minor in Art History or Creative Writing.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Written Communication: Students develop writing skills to communicate through a variety of written mediums to deliver information with varying styles and purposes to diverse audiences.
  • Information Literacy: Students develop literacy skills to access, analyze, and use information in the construction and advancement of their own knowledge through written language.
  • Oral Communication: Students demonstrate oral communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic, and social relationships.
  • Critical Thinking: Students use critical thinking to make informed judgements and analysis.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to utilize quantitative information in written and visual forms to draw conclusions and solve problems.


Laguna College of Art + Design
Sol Smith
Chair of Liberal Arts

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It was always such a big part of my life, that it was like background music-I never knew it was there. I majored in Music, at first, but a chance encounter with Moby Dick changed everything for me. Mark Twain and Ray Bradbury had made the soil fertile, but it was Melville who forced me out of the ground and made me want to study and write books. I read an average of 50 books a year, and that's not bad for someone with dyslexia. I have seven books in publication, ranging from a travel memoir to children's horror stories.