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Studio Arts - Visual Arts Transfer (A.A.)

Official Title of Major: Visual Arts Transfer - Studio Arts, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Studio Arts Program

Purpose: Provides the fundamental foundation in the visual arts to prepare students for transferring to a 4-year college, university or art school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the visual arts. In addition to the ability to transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year school students would have the skills to pursue entry-level positions in art galleries, community arts education and apprenticeships or internships with professional artists.

Students’ options after completing their transfer degree are dependent on the educational pathway and degree or certificate program that the student selected. The options are many. Some options might include working as an independent studio artist, teaching in the studio arts field and working in a gallery or museum.

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 and Humanities general education requirement as listed below); ART 106  (satisfied through the technology requirement as listed below); and ART 125  (satisfied through the area of concentration 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 Requirement: 3 credits

Area of Concentration: 29 credits

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

Required Courses: 13 credits

Technology Requirement: 3 credits

Electives: 4 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 Studio Arts Concentration, students will be able to:

1.     Apply the principles of design to the creation of works of art.
2.     Use different media to solve design problems and express a personal point of view. 
3.     Use industry standard technologies to create and present works of art.
4.     Describe the primary historical periods and cultural trends in art. 
5.     Apply critical thinking skills to written and verbal communication about art. 
6.     Develop a personal portfolio of artwork that demonstrates a cohesive vision.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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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