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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Visual Arts, A.A.

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(60 semester hours minimum)

The Visual Arts Degree provides both a strong basic foundation in art combined with a broad background in general education. Many students who earn this degree transfer their credits to a four-year art school, college or university. Students have also used the knowledge and skills gained in this program to launch an art career.

Students follow a traditional core program track centered on Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Art History and Computer Graphics. Elective courses include Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Advanced Computer Graphics, Ceramics, Photography, Painting and Printmaking. The Visual Arts program track requires a strong General Education core which is required for transfer to a four-year school.

In addition to General Education Outcomes, learners who complete the Visual Arts degree will:

  • Effectively utilize the fundamental elements of design, such as color, composition, line, form, texture, pattern, value, and space
  • Demonstrate a competency in skills, procedures and techniques necessary, including dexterity with both manual and/or digital tools to complete their projects
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize their ideas into a visual representation
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow a creative project from conception to completion
  • Demonstrate desirable work habits, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems
  • Effectively critique one’s own work and the work of others
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the relationships of works of art in relation to culture and human experience
  • Demonstrate an ability to address art and design in an interdisciplinary context
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop complex and sophisticated ideas through independent research.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Jessica Porzuczek.

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General Education Core - Visual Arts

Communication Skills: 6 Credits

Humanities: 6 Credits

  • Humanities Elective 1
  • Humanities Elective 1

Liberal Arts and Sciences: 6 Credits (No ART*, DGA*, or GRA* for Art Majors)

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 2
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 2

Math/Science: 6 or 7 Credits

  • Math Elective
  • Science Elective

Social Sciences: 9 Credits

  • Social Science Elective 3
  • Social Science Elective 3
  • History Elective

Visual Arts Core: 15 Credits

Visual Arts Electives: Select from ART, DGA, or GRA - 12 Credits

Total Program Credits: 60

 Please see the Associate Degree and Certificate Programs  page ​for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.

1 Courses must be selected from the following disciplines: communication, English, foreign languages, humanities, sign language, music, philosophy, theater.
2 Choose from the following disciplines: American sign language, anthropology, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, education, English, foreign languages, history, humanities, mathematics, music, philosophy, physical sciences, political science, psychology, science, sociology, theater.
3 Courses must be selected from at least two of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, social science, sociology.

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