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2022-2023 Catalog 
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Visual Arts, Associate of Fine Arts

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The Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts prepares students for transfer into Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) programs at four-year institutions and professional schools of art. In an A.F.A. program, students pursue rigorous training and art education to prepare them to continue their studies through the baccalaureate level. Throughout the year, art lectures, workshops, seminars and bus trips to New York museums and galleries supplement the program. Visual art majors participate in a First-Year review and are given individual help with preparing their portfolios for transferring to a four-year art program in the Portfolio Development course.

There are eight spacious, well-equipped studios, which include studios in sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, design and digital graphic design. Two student art exhibitions are held in the College Art Gallery during the year: a Juried Art Exhibition in the fall semester and a Student Art Exhibition curated by the faculty in the spring semester.

This degree is intended for students who desire careers as professional studio artists or college teachers. It is also recommended for students planning a career in K- 12 art education who obtain certification after graduating with a B.F.A. or B.A. in Art.

Graduates are able to:

  • understand the role of the visual artist
  • apply basic formal and conceptual artistic skills in the creation of two- and three-dimensional artwork
  • identify major artists and art movements from a historic, cultural, and social perspective
  • analyze visual art concepts and theories
  • demonstrate technical and artistic development through a portfolio of artwork
  • investigate careers in the visual arts

Curriculum – A.F.A. Degree

Third Semester

  • 3 Credits
  • Beginning Studio Elective 3 Credits

  • Beginning Studio Elective 3 Credits 1 or
  • Advanced Studio Elective 3 Credits 2

  • Social Science 3 Credits 3
  • Technological Competency 3 Credits 4

Fourth Semester

  • Advanced Studio Elective 3 Credits 2
  • Advanced Studio Elective 3 Credits 2
  • Humanities 3 Credits 3
  • Art History Elective 3 Credits 5

Total Credits 60


1 Beginning Studio Electives:

ARTS 112 Introduction to Digital Photography 
ARTS 121 Watercolor I 
ARTS 210 Acrylic & Oil Painting I 
ARTS 212 Still Photography I 
ARTS 215 Ceramics I 
ARTS 218 Sculpture I 
ARTS 229 Printmaking: Monoprint and Relief 
ARTS 246 Visual Design I  
ARTS 253 Introduction to Contemporary Printmaking 
ARTS 266 Introduction to Video Production-Aesthetics  

2 Advanced Studio Electives:

ARTS 113 Audio Production  
ARTS 131 Watercolor II  
ARTS 205 Drawing III  
ARTS 211 Acrylic & Oil Painting II 

ARTS 235 Acrylic & Oil Painting III ,
ARTS 236 Acrylic & Oil Painting IV  
ARTS 216 Ceramics II  

ARTS 222 Ceramics III  
ARTS 234 Ceramics IV  
ARTS 219 Sculpture II 
ARTS 220 Advanced Photography 
ARTS 223 Advanced Glazing for the Studio Potter 
ARTS 225 Raku 
ARTS 227 Alternative Photographic Processes 
ARTS 228 Contemporary Landscape Painting 
ARTS 243 Figure Drawing II 
ARTS 247 Visual Design II  
ARTS 248 Designing Motion Graphics 
ARTS 249 Digital Artmaking 
ARTS 250 Printmaking: Silkscreen 
ARTS 254 Art of the Book 
ARTS 271 Illustration 
ARTS 273 Commercial Photography 
ARTS 274 Visual Design for the Web 
ARTS 276 Typography 

3 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list. ARTH courses cannot count as Humanities in this degree.

Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list.  Students who pass the Technological Competency test (no credit) should select a Mathematics or Science course from the General Education list.  

5 Art History Electives:

ARTH 203 Modern & Contemporary Art  
ARTH 206 Impressionism and Post-Impressionism  
ARTH 208 Art Beyond the Western World   
ARTH 210 Introduction to Contemporary Art 
ARTH 223 History of Photography      

6 Students who plan to transfer should take ARTS 252 Portfolio Development: Studio Arts  earlier in the semester sequence.

NOTE:  Mathematics Proficiency - This degree requires a minimum math proficiency through MATH 020 Elementary Algebra .  

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