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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies A.A. with Area of Concentration in Art

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Associate of Arts | ARTS.AA | Transfer Program
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Program Description

The Art Concentration prepares students to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in fine or digital/graphic arts. The program introduces students to the theories, history and practices associated with the visual arts through its foundation courses and stresses critical thinking and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. The program allows students to concentrate in the areas of traditional studio media and/or digital/graphics media. A primary goal of the program is to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of how art impacts and enriches their everyday lives. As a result, both art and non-art majors benefit from the professional art instruction and creative learning environment provided in the studio courses. Prior art experience is not necessary.

Graduates of the Art Concentration will be able to:

  • Use the vocabulary of visual art and design correctly
  • Create original two-dimensional or three-dimensional works of art using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design
  • Apply traditional and/or digital materials, media, techniques, and equipment to the creation of art and design
  • Create works of art using various conceptual and perceptual sources
  • Explain the significance of art within historical, cultural, social, and economic contexts
  • Evaluate works of art doing formal analysis

General Education Courses (31 Credits)

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

  • English Composition

  • 3 Credits
  • Any General Education English Composition II course 3 Credits
  • Humanities

  • Any General Education Humanities Speech course 3 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • Mathematics

  • 3 Credits
  • Social Sciences

  • Any General Education Social Science History course 3 Credits
  • Any one General Education Social Science course 3 Credits in any of the following disciplines:
    Anthropology (ANT), Economics (ECN), Geography (GEO), Political Science (POS), Sociology (SOC), Women’s Studies (WMS)
  • Science with a Lab

  • Any General Education Science course with a Lab 4 Credits:
    Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Geography (GEO), Physics (PHY), Physical Science (PSC)
  • Science

  • Any General Education Science course without a Lab 3 Credits:
    Biology (BIO), Geography (GEO), Nutrition (NTR), Physics (PHY), Physical Science (PSC)
  • Institutional Requirement Computer Literacy

  • 3 Credits

Area of Concentration (16 Credits)

General Electives (13 Credits)

A mix of fine art and digital/graphic art is possible if desired by an art major.

  • Any ART courses not already taken
  • 1-credit course (if needed)

Choose 13 credits from the following lists (6 credits must be at the 2000 level).

Sequence of Study - Art Concentration A.A.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

1st Semester

Total: 13 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

3rd Semester

  • General Education Social Sciences course other than History 3 Credits (Social Science) * 1
  • General Education Lab Science course 4 Credits (Science with a Lab) *
  • 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
  • 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
  • Choose from “General Electives” 3 Credits (Program Elective) 1

Total: 16 Credits

4th Semester

  • 3 Credits (Humanities) *
  • General Education Science course 3 Credits (Science) *
  • General Education History course 3 credits (Social Science) * 1
  • 2000-level course from “General Electives” 3 Credits (Program Elective)
  • 2000-level course from “General Electives” 3 Credits (Program Elective)
  • 1-credit course (if needed to reach a minimum of 60 credits) 1 Credit (Elective)

Total: 16 Credits

Program Total: 60 Credits

1 Either the General Education history course, the General Education social science course, or the unspecified program elective
must be at the 2000-level to reach a minimum of 18 credits of 2000-level courses.

Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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