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Studio Arts, Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts

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Studio Arts, an option of the Associate of Arts degree program in Liberal Arts, offers students the core program for studio art. Students take core studio art requirements, art history and general education courses. This degree will transfer to four-year colleges for students interested in studying art education or receiving a Bachelor of Arts.

Throughout the year, art lectures, workshops, seminars and bus trips to New York museums and galleries supplement the program. Studio art majors may participate in a first-year review. RVCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Department offers six spacious, well-equipped studios, which include the sculpture and painting studio, drawing studio, ceramics studio, photography studio and darkroom, printmaking studio and a computer arts studio. The annual Student Art Exhibition in the College Gallery highlights the successes of the art students in all media.

This program is intended for students who desire a beginning-level experience in the visual arts. Students wishing to pursue a more intense undergraduate education in visual art or graphic design leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts are advised to major in the Associate of Fine Arts Degree offered at RVCC.

Graduates are able to:

  • understand the role of a visual artist
  • apply basic formal and conceptual skills in the creation of two- and three-dimensional art work
  • identify major artists and art movements in an historic, cultural and social perspective
  • analyze visual art concepts and theories on a beginner level
  • demonstrate basic technical and artistic development through a portfolio of Foundation Core coursework
  • transfer into Bachelor of Arts visual art programs


Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in

NOTE: Students considering transfer to Rutgers University should choose a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) General Education course not replicated elsewhere in their curriculum.  Students who have already fulfilled the GCA requirement for their Associates of Arts (AA) degree should select an additional Social Sciences or Humanities General Education course.   


Curriculum – A.A. Degree

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 61 - 62

1 Mathematics by official placement. Students may not take courses below placement level. Exceptions by permission of Department Chair.

2 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list. Humanities may not have the designations of ARTS or ARTH.

3 ARTS 132 Color Theory  is recommended. 

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