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Visual Arts Concentration A.A.

Program Advisor: Lisa Griffith, (413) 236-4712.

The Visual Arts concentration in the Fine Arts degree program offers courses comparable to those taken during the first two years at typ­ical professional art schools and in college or university art depart­ments. The program's flexible design permits students to transfer to both kinds of institutions. There is a strong emphasis on foundation courses, and each student is encouraged in the development of a portfolio.

Related majors at the baccalaureate level: art education, art history, art therapy, arts management, commercial art, fashion design, film making, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, painting, photography, sculpture, textile design.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the visual vocabulary of art forms and techniques;
  • demonstrate with confidence an ability to solve artistic problems during the process of creating art;
  • develop an artistic style that demonstrates creativity and the personality of the artist;
  • demonstrate an ability to articulate and write about art projects that they are executing;
  • demonstrate a general knowledge of contemporary art history, both at a conceptual level and in the context of creating one's own art work.

Graduation Requirements
To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 66 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below. 

Program 31 Credits
 
FAS 111 Drawing I 3
FAS 120 Drawing II 3
FAS 123 Two-Dimensional Design I 3
FAS 124 Three-Dimensional Design I 3
FAS 163 Two-Dimensional Design II 3
FAS 210 Fundamentals of Painting 3
FAS 222  Advanced Studio Art 
FAS 225 Figure Drawing OR  
FAS 227 Figure Painting 3
FAS Specialized Elective (see footnote 1)
 

 

General Education 35 Credits
 
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG  Literature 
FAS  Art History (see footnote 2) 3
  Behavioral and Social Sciences 3
  Environmental Studies (see footnote 3) 1
  History (HI) 
Mathematics 3
  Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 7
 

 

Additional As Shown  
 
  Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
  Forum 12 Units
  Health/Fitness 30 Hours
  Minimum Cumulative Averages:   
-Overall 2.000
  -Area of specialization   
   All required FAS courses 2.000 
 

Suggested block for program completion
The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester______________________________________ 15 Credits

FAS 111 Drawing I.......................................................................................3

FAS 123 Two-Dimensional Design I................................................................3

FAS 124 Three-Dimensional Design I..............................................................3

ENG English Composition/Writing...................................................................3

FAS Art History (see footnote 2)....................................................................3

Second Semester_____________________________________18 Credits

FAS 120 Drawing II.......................................................................................3

FAS 163 Two-Dimensional Design I.................................................................3

FAS Specialized Elective (see footnote 1...........................................................3

COM Communication......................................................................................3

ENG English Composition/Writing....................................................................3

Behavioral or Social Science............................................................................3

Third Semester______________________________________17 Credits

FAS 210 Fundamentals of Painting..................................................................3

FAS Specialized Elective (see footnote 1).........................................................3

ENG Literature..............................................................................................3

Environmental Studies (see footnote 3).................................................1

History (HI)........................................................................................3

Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3)...........................................4

Fourth Semester_____________________________________16 Credits

FAS 222 Advanced Studio Art........................................................................4

FAS 225 Figure Drawing OR

FAS 227 Figure Painting.................................................................................3

History (HI)..................................................................................................3

Mathematics.................................................................................................3

Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) ....................................................3

Footnotes:
1. Specialized electives are a two course sequence that creates a focus for the capstone course, FAS 222. One of the following sequences can be chosen:
-FAS 114 Landscape Painting and FAS 240 Intermediate Painting;
-FAS 103 Printmaking I and FAS 113 Printmaking II;
-FAS 245 Watercolor Painting and FAS 246 Watercolor Painting II;
-FAX 144 Digital Imagery and FAS 242
Illustration

2. Art History chosen from FAS 156, FAS 171, FAS 172, FAS 173.

3. The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by one 4-credit laboratory science and one 3-credit non-laboratory science or by two 4-credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science course, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101 and ENV 102, fulfills both the Natural/Physical science requirement and the Environmental Studies requirement.