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Art History and Museum Studies - Visual Arts Transfer (A.A.)

Official Title of Major: Visual Arts Transfer - Art History and Museum Studies, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.

Code: AA.VSL.ART-HIS-ME      

Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Department of Visual Arts and Humanities

Purpose: Prepares students for transfer to a four-year program in art history, museum studies or education. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students with teaching certification will be eligible for a job as an art history teacher at a secondary institution (middle or high school). Those who wish to teach at a post-secondary institution (college or university) or work at a museum should pursue at minimum a master’s degree after graduation from the four year school.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Visual Arts Transfer Program Core Courses

The program core for this degree consists of ART 100  (satisfied through the Arts & Humanities General Education Requirement as listed below); ART 106  (satisfied through the Technology Requirement as listed below); and ART 125  (satisfied through the Studio Art requirement as listed below).

Students must complete all of these courses with a grade of C or better.

General Education Requirements: 31 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Must select two different disciplines. See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Additional General Education Requirements: 3 credits

Area of Concentration: 29 credits

Studio Art Courses: 9 credits

Technology Requirement: 3 credits

Electives: 5 credits

Recommend students check on transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credit hours of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Diversity Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective. 

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by ART 106 .

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Art History & Museum Studies Concentration, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution of art over time.
  2. Analyze the ways that culture and technology impact art.
  3. Compare and contrast different ways that art is virtually and physically presented.
  4. Apply principles of art curation and criticism in written and verbal formats.
  5. Create original works of art analysis.
  6. Apply aesthetic theories in the evolution of art.
  7. Describe the role of Art Historians in society today.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

Transferring Credits to Maryland Public Four-Year Schools

Maryland public four-year colleges and universities accept a minimum of 60 and as many as 70 credits earned toward an associate degree from a Maryland public community college. Students planning to transfer should consult with an AACC academic and transfer advisor; and are advised to obtain permission from the four-year college or university when planning to transfer credits beyond the minimum degree requirements at AACC. More than 70 credits earned at AACC may be transferred if outlined within an established transfer agreement. Current transfer agreements can be found on the AACC Transfer Partners webpage.

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