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The Associate in Arts in Fine Arts provides students with an introduction to the discipline of the visual arts as a means of self-expression and communication.聽 The curriculum provides a solid foundation in a wide range of media, methods, and materials. These develop the skills and experiences that lead to transfer to a four-year institution, and eventually to a career in the visual arts.聽 The educated artist balances artistic and practical training with a liberalizing background of general studies, art history, and cultural trends.聽 The graduate with an A.A. in Fine Arts is at the beginning of an exciting and dynamic career in the visual arts.

The curriculum presents students with a thorough exploration of a variety of art fundamentals, beginning with first year courses in Drawing, Design, and the History of Art.聽 Building on these foundation experiences, the second year of the program continues these studies and extends them into the disciplines of Painting and Printmaking.聽 In addition, a number of courses are available as art electives. The Senior Portfolio Project gives the student the practical skills to develop a professional portfolio for eventual transfer to a four-year institution of higher education, or for pursuit of a career in the visual arts, such as a studio apprentice, assistant to an artist or craftsperson, art gallery associate, or creating their own fine art business.

Students intending to transfer to a four-year program of study work closely with their advisor to identify the programs of interest to them.聽 Students may then develop a course of study and a focused portfolio for admissions review by the selected four-year programs. To become eligible for transfer to a variety of four-year programs, students must successfully complete all general education coursework in addition to their Fine Arts program of study. Poor academic performance will affect transferability whether it is after one semester or upon completion of all degree requirements.

Fine Arts Graduates will have the ability to;

  • Translate the 3D world onto a 2D surface through drawing and painting,
  • Utilize the elements of composition, 2D design, 3D design and color theory,
  • Realize and create a cohesive body of work, photograph and organize this work into an online portfolio and layout and hang this work in a professional manner,
  • Understand and discuss current trends in the art world,
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as through artistic communications,
  • Explore diverse ideas and emotions, as expressed through art history, to evaluate the effect of historical trends, events, institutions, and social systems as applied to the Fine Arts,
  • Perform mathematical operations basic to functioning in present and future disciplines or occupations and to prepare for further education,
  • Demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human and technical problems.


Required Courses

Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ARTS111L Introduction to Drawing 2 3 3
ARTS116L Drawing: Personal Voice 2 3 3
ARTS120L 2-D Design 2 3 3
ARTS125L 3-D Design 2 3 3
ARTS131L Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic 3 0 3
ARTS136L Art History: Renaissance to Modernism 3 0 3
ARTS216L Drawing: Figure in Value 2 3 3
ARTS221L Drawing: Figure in Color 2 3 3
ARTS240L Painting I 2 3 3
ARTS251L Issues in Contemporary Art 1 0 1
ARTS266L Portfolio 2 0 2
ENGL100L English Composition 4 0 4
ESNT120L College Essentials 1 0 1
Science Elective 2 2 3
English Elective 3 0 3
Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Science Elective 3 2 4
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Art Elective 2 3 3
Total 53 28 63

Total Credits for A.A. Degree: 63



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