Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Academic Division of Liberal Arts

The focus of the Liberal Arts Program is to provide the student with a breadth of program offerings in a chosen field of study.

Liberal Arts students may focus their program in the following concentration areas: Behavioral Science, English, History/Government, Humanities, Mathematics, Psychology, Social Science or Sociology. All concentration electives must be selected in the chosen area of study.

Download the Fine Arts: Visual Arts Associate in Arts Degree overview sheet.

Degrees

Liberal Arts students may focus their program in the following concentration areas: Behavioral Science, English, History/Government, Humanities, Mathematics, Psychology, Social Science or Sociology. All concentration electives must be selected in the chosen area of study.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the program the student should be able to:

  • Think critically
  • Think quantitatively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use logic to acquire, assess, and integrate new information
  • Explain the nature and societal implications of global relationships among diverse cultures
  • Apply ethical criteria to a variety of intellectual, social, and personal situations
  • Apply aesthetic criteria to a variety of intellectual, natural, artistic, and social phenomena
  • Demonstrate a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of one field of study from among the liberal arts and science concentrations
Fine Arts: Visual Arts Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • ART 101
    • Basic Drawing
    • 3
    An introduction to the basics of drawing stressing learning to see, using negative space and measuring relationships to achieve a better drawing using pencil, ink, charcoal, and watercolor for those who prefer using more than black and white. Students purchase their own materials.
    • ART 102
    • Advanced Drawing
    • 3
    For those who have completed Basic Drawing or the equivalent. Students are encouraged to explore further the picture-making process. The emphasis is on mixing media, abstracting images, and developing creativity. Students purchase their own materials. Prerequisite: ART 101.
    • ART 103
    • Line, Color & Design
    • 3
    This course explores the principles underlying effective design. Students study the dynamics of line, shape, color, texture, and pattern by experimenting with black and white and colored media. Students purchase their own materials.
    • ART 115
    • Basic Painting
    • 3
    An introduction to the overview of painting using acrylic or watercolor. The course covers color mixing, techniques of application, and composition. Students will paint from life and other sources and from imagination. Students purchase their own materials.
    • ART 116
    • Advanced Painting
    • 3
    A course for those who have completed Basic Painting or the equivalent. Students are encouraged to explore further the picture-making process using acrylic paints. This is a studio workshop course. Students are expected to be self-motivated and resourceful and able to work independently. Students purchase their own materials. Prerequisite: ART 115.
    • ART 119
    • Photography I
    • 3
    This course is an introduction to photography as an art of visual communication. Topics discussed are camera basics, exposure, lenses, lighting and composition. Image editing using Photoshop covers the sequence for an optimal workflow. Additional topics include file management, retouching and creating composite images. Photo assignments require the student to have access to a camera, preferably a single-lens reflex.
    • ART 120
    • Photography II-Photojournalism
    • 3
    This course explores the visual communication skills necessary to produce an in-depth photo story with an emphasis on the photojournalism and documentary traditions of photography. Students refine their skills through shooting assignments within the context of historical and contemporary examples. This course expands and advances the digital techniques and Photoshop skills mastered in Digital Photography I. Photo assignments require the student to have access to a camera, preferably a single-lens reflex. Prerequisite: ART 119.
    • ART 201
    • Survey of Fine Arts I
    • 3
    Emphasis is on developing an appreciation of the fundamental principles that are basic to all forms of fine arts. Consideration is given to pictorial art, music, sculpture, and architecture. Visual and audio-visual aids are used. Field trips are taken to nearby museums.
    • ART 202
    • Survey of Fine Arts II
    • 3
    Beginning with the fourteenth century, this course examines the technical, social, historical, and stylistic development of visual arts and architecture from the Renaissance through the Modern Era. Museum trips may be included.
    • ART 229
    • American Film
    • 3
    This course will trace cinema in America from the era of the silent film and the studio system to the world of wide screen & “auteur” productions. It will demonstrate how movies began, grew, and changed through the interaction of inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and audiences.

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