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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Associate in Science
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science

Why Study Fine Arts?

The study of art prepares students for a wide variety of careers that produce the images and objects that infuse our daily lives. The Art Department offers courses to all degree and non-degree students and three Associate degrees in the practice of Art, each with a distinct focus: Fine Arts; Graphic Design and Computer Graphics; and Photography. In addition, there is the Visual Studies in Art History Honors Program, an integral part of the Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Student Honors Program, the Ivy League and Tier One College Transfer concept. This offering is for Honors students who have a passion for art and art history and an interest in pursuing one of the many art related careers outside of the actual production of art works. Five honors art history courses provide a foundation for further study of art history in preparation for work in museums, colleges, architecture, law, business and the commercial world of art.

Occupational Objectives:

Fine Arts students can transfer for further study in painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Their courses can also be a foundation for such diverse fields as illustration, animation, scenic design, industrial design, art restoration, art education and art therapy. The degree provides students with a wide variety of careers, most of which will require additional study at the Bachelor’s Degree level.

Sample Courses:

  • Figure Drawing
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Color Theory
  • Digital Art and Design
  • Painting I
  • Sculpture I


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

All three degrees, as well as the option for combining art courses with other programs, aim to afford talented and motivated young artists with knowledge and skills that will help them shape a future that best employs their abilities and fulfills their passions. The foundation program will give them a solid experience of working in two- and three-dimensional design, photography, computer art, drawing, and art history. A course in Careers in Art will help them understand how many fields are open to them. More advanced courses will develop their abilities but will also help them sort out what media and conceptual challenges best suit their talents.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the history of art and how ideas and practice merge
  • Develop the ability to interpret contemporary theory and form
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of art in the contemporary world
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and evaluate examples of art
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