Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Associate of Arts | ARTS.AA | Transfer Program
CIP Code: 24.0102
Visit Marlboro Hall, Room 1034 or call 301-546-0926 for your faculty advisor

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.

Program Outcomes

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

Sequence of Study - Art Concentration A.A.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in the required sequence, which can be altered after discussion with the student’s advisor. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Program Electives: There are program electives suited to a Studio Art emphasis and a Digital/Graphic Design emphasis. Other art courses may be substituted with permission of the department chair.

Studio Art Emphasis

Required Courses

(in expected order)

Digital Graphic Design Emphasis

Required Courses

(in expected order)

Program Totals: 60 Credits each

Studio Art Emphasis - Program Total: 60 Credits

Digital/Graphic Design Emphasis - Program Total: 60 Credits


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 artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

Need Help?

For help selecting an academic program or courses, consider using Career Coach, available at www.pgcc.edu/go/careercoach.