Associate in Arts in Fine Arts

The rigorous nature of the creative process in visual
arts – conception, creation, critique, revision and exhibition – shapes the intellectual foundation for any individual to become an independent and critical thinker. The Fine Arts curriculum develops the capabilities of emerging artists because it is centered in liberal arts studies and combined with applied studio courses. The course sequence builds core skills and knowledge in a variety of media, provides historical and contemporary perspectives, fosters aesthetic sophistication and passion for the arts, and sets emerging artists on the path to becoming practitioners in the creative economy. Students may select from concentrations in Painting and Drawing, Ceramics, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Sculpture, Art History, Book Arts, Printmaking and Intermedia Studies. Each concentration features the possibility of integrating other courses across the School of Arts and Design. The program emphasizes the development of a high quality portfolio of artwork to help students be accepted into the 4-year program of their choice.

 

This degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art or Art History degree. It includes the general studies core curriculum as well as the basic fine arts courses recommended by most four-year institutions. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate effective communication based on the elements and principals of design.
  • Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and/or problem solving in analysis or creation of art.
  • Demonstrate the use of conceptual thinking in the development of ideas and/or the critique of art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of contemporary and historical perspectives in art.
  • Demonstrate safe and sustainable studio practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to professionally present creative work.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate level of craftsmanship.
  • Express an individual creative voice.

Class Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (36 HRS. MIN.)

Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3)

[or]

MATH 121       College Algebra (4) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (9 hrs.)

AHST 201         Art History I (3) þ

AHST 202         Art History II (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (15 HRS. MIN.)

ARTS 113L      Two-Dimensional Design (3)

[or]

ARTS 125L      Art Practices I (3)

ARTS 116L      Three-Dimensional Design (3)

DRPT 118L      Drawing I (3)

Choose from the following:

ARTS 296         Fine Arts Portfolio Development (3)

CLAY 280L      Ceramics: Integrative Projects 93)

GLRY 161        Gallery Practices (3)

JEWL 275L      Jewelry/Metal Arts III (3)

MART 119L     Digital Skills (3)

PHOT 195         Photographing Artwork (3)

 

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION: (14-17 HRS. MIN. EACH)

Students will choose an area of concentration from
the following:

 

ART HISTORY CONCENTRATION (15 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0703

Core Requirements: (6 hrs.)

AHST 204         Modern Art (3)

AHST 207         Contemporary Art (3)

Related Requirements: (6 hrs.)

Any AHST courses (6)

Elective: (3 hrs.)

Any Arts and Design course (3)

 

BOOK ARTS CONCENTRATION: (15 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0706

Core Requirements: (9 hrs.)

BART 165L      Book Arts (3)

BART 167L      Introduction to Papermaking (3)

PRNT 174L      Introduction to Printmaking (3)

Related Requirements: (3 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

Any BART course

ARTS 295         Studio Practice (3)

MART 180       Photoshop I (3)

MART 223       Typography (3)

Electives: (3 hrs.)

Any Arts and Design course (3)

 

CERAMICS CONCENTRATION: (17 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0711

Core Requirements: (15 hrs. min.)

CLAY 128L      Clay Hand Building I (3)

CLAY 129L      Ceramics: Wheel Throwing I (3)

CLAY 136L      Ceramic Color on Form (3)

CLAY 214L      Clay Hand-Building II (3)

CLAY 216L      Ceramics: Wheel Throwing II (3)

Electives: (2 hrs. min.)

Any Arts and Design course (2)

DRAWING AND PAINTING CONCENTRATION:

(15 HRS. MIN.) CIP: 50.0702

Core Requirements: (9 hrs.)

DRPT 121L      Painting I (3)

DRPT 219L      Drawing II (3)

DRPT 221L      Figure Drawing (3)

[or]

DRPT 225L      Painting II (3)

Related Requirements: (3 hrs.)

Any approved DRPT course

[or]

ARTS 120L      Color Theory (3)

Electives: (3 hrs.)

Any Arts and Design course (3)

Recommended:

GLRY 161        Gallery Practices (3)

PHOT 195         Photographing Artwork (3)

 

INTERMEDIA STUDIES CONCENTRATION: (15 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0706

Any School of Arts and Design courses from at least three different programs.

JEWELRY / METAL ARTS CONCENTRATION: (15 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0713

Core Requirements: (12 hrs.)

JEWL 114L      Jewelry/Metal Arts I (3)

JEWL 158L      Silversmithing I (3)

JEWL 159L      Wax Carving (3)

[or]

JEWL 220L      Casting for Jewelry (3)

JEWL 217L      Jewelry/Metal Arts II (3)

Electives: (3 hrs.)

Any Arts and Design course (3)

 

PRINTMAKING CONCENTRATION: (15 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0710

Core Requirements: (9 hrs. min.)

PRNT 174L      Introduction to Printmaking (3)

PRNT 175L      Monotype Printmaking (Oil) (3)

Any PRNT course (3)

Related Requirements: (3 hrs. min.)

Choose from the following:

Any Printmaking studio course

ARTS 295         Studio Practice (3)

BART 166L      Introduction to Papermaking (3)

MART 180       Photoshop I (3)

MART 223       Typography (3)

Elective: (3 hrs. min.)

Any Arts and Design course (3)

 

SCULPTURE CONCENTRATION: (14 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0709

Core Requirements: (11 hrs. min.)

SCUL 115L      Basic Fabrication and Safety (2)

SCUL 213L      Sculpture I (3)

SCUL 263L      Sculpture II (3)

SCUL 264L      Mixed Media Sculpture (3)

Electives: (3 hrs. min.)

Any Arts and Design course (3)

 

Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.

TOTAL 65 CREDITS MIN.