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Visual Arts Concentration A.A.

A student works on a painting in a BCC Visual Arts studio

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 include art education, art history, art therapy, arts management, commercial art, fashion design, film making, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, painting, photography, sculpture, and textile design.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

 

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Program Advisor: Lisa Griffith
Email: lgriffith@berkshirecc.edu
Phone: 413–236–4712

 

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JOB GROWTH AND WAGES
*Dependent on achieving a Bachelor’s degree.
Craft and Fine Artists: $48,960/year; Job Growth: slower than average Fashion Designers: $72,720/year; Job Growth: slower than average Graphic Designers: $50,370/year; Job Growth: slower than average Interior Designers: $53,370/year; Job Growth: as fast as average Industrial Designers: $55,000/year; Job Growth: as fast as average Art Teacher: $38,000/year; Job Growth: as fast as average
POTENTIAL TRANSFER DEGREES
  • Graphics Design
  • Animation
  • Illustration
    Painting & Drawing
  • Art Education
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Designer
TRANSFER SCHOOLS
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst/ Dartmouth/ Lowell
  • Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • The School of the Art Institute Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts New York
  • Sage College New York
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
  • Pratt School of Design
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; and

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of contemporary art history, both at a conceptual level and in the context of creating one’s own art work.

 

  • Full Time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    Drawing I
    Two-Dimensional Design I
    Three-Dimensional Design
    English Composition
    Pre-Renaissance Art History
    SEMESTER 2
    Drawing II
    Two-Dimensional Design II
    Renaissance to Modern Art History
    English Composition/Writing
    Mathematics
    SEMESTER 3
    Printmaking I
    Fundamentals of Painting
    Digital Art
    History
    Figure Drawing

    SEMESTER 4
    Figure Drawing
    Fine Art Elective
    Behavioral & Social Science
    History

  • Part Time Schedule

    SEMESTER 1
    Drawing I
    Two-Dimensional Design I
    Three-Dimensional Design

    SEMESTER 2
    English Composition
    Pre-Renaissance Art History
    Drawing II
    SEMESTER 3
    Printmaking I
    Renaissance to Modern Art History
    English Composition/Writing

    SEMESTER 4
    Two-Dimensional Design II History
    Mathematics

    SEMESTER 5
    Fundamentals of Painting
    History
    Natural or Physical Science

    SEMESTER 6
    Figure Drawing
    Fine Art Elective
    Natural or Physical Science
      SEMESTER 7
    Digital Art
    Behavioral or Social Science Fitness Requirement
     

 

Students hang pieces for a gallery show