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


Official Title of Major: Visual Arts Transfer - Art History and Museum Studies, A.A.
(Note: Program is currently pending MHEC approval.)

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.

Code: AA.VSL.ART-HIS-ME      

Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Visual Arts and Humanities Department

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.

Graduation Requirements


Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements  for college-wide graduation requirements.

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.).

Online Degrees and Credit Certificates


This program can be completed fully online. Some online courses may require proctored exams or on-campus assessments at a testing center.

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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


Students must complete ART 100- Two-Dimensional Design and a course in a second discipline to fufill this requirement. Refer to Arts and Humanities General Education Courses for a list of approved courses. Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one elementary or intermediate World Language course.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits


At least one lab science required. Refer to 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


Students must select courses from two different disciplines to fulfill this requirement. Refer to General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Additional General Education Requirements: 3 credits


Area of Concentration: 29 credits


Technology Requirement: 3 credits


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

Satisfied by ART 106 .

Electives: 14 credits


One of the electives must include ART 125 - Drawing 1  to fulfill the program core. For the remaining credit hours, students are encouraged to check their transfer institution’s requirements or to contact the Art History and Museum Studies Program Coordinator before selecting electives. 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. 

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 art historical knowledge across a range of chronological, cultural, and geographic areas using disciplinary vocabulary

  2. Identify and distinguish between various art historical and architectural styles 

  3. Identify and distinguish between artistic and architectural media and methods of construction

  4. Situate artworks, monuments, and buildings within their socio-historical contexts

  5. Use historical tools ranging from visual and material artifacts, primary and secondary source material, and other online resources to construct arguments about art and the built environment

  6. Summarize and critically appraise art historical sources, research methods and interpretations

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 a Maryland Public Four-Year School


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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