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Fine Arts

Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 61/62

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Fine Arts majors should have basic knowledge and skill in two-dimensional and three-dimensional areas of study. As a student, students will: develop visual communication skills; demonstrate an understanding of technical, perceptual, and conceptual skills; use principles of design; use color theory; use current technology as it applies to the arts; analyze and render 2D forms via line, value and perspective; and use art history to develop visual arts vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

Graduates are prepared to transfer to a bachelor's degree program as a junior in a participating four-year institution. 

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Identify historically significant art movements and art works.
  2. Discuss the cultural relevance of historically significant artworks.
  3. Demonstrate a mastery of basic drawing techniques using the mediums of pencil, charcoal, ink, and conte crayon.
  4. Demonstrate a basic mastery within the fundamental drawing genres of still life, landscape, portrait and figurative representation.
  5. Demonstrate a mastery of basic two-dimensional design principles.
  6. Demonstrate a mastery of the fundamentals of painting in oils, including basic color theory.
  7. Demonstrate a mastery in the oil painting genres of still life, portrait, landscape, and abstraction.
  8. Demonstrate a mastery of basic principles in three-dimensional design.
  9. Create a digital presence by presenting artworks in a digital medium. 
  10. Actively manifest art skills into a business setting.
  11. Organize a professional showing of artworks in a cooperative manner.  


Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
FINE 101
Art History I
This survey class explores visual images and concepts from the Paleolithic Period to the Renaissance, placing special emphasis on the development of order and the use of space in Greek and Roman art and the religious application of art in the Early Christian Period as well as its influence through the Early Renaissance. 3-0-3
FINE 110
Standard drawing techniques will be studied in this studio course with emphasis on line, perspective and foreshortening; shading methods; composition; and space, using the various media of pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon, and pastel. 0-6-3
FINE 210
Two Dimensional Design
Utilizing studio practice and lecture, this course examines the visual elements and compositional principles necessary to the artist. Principles of two-dimensional design and a knowledge of historically successful design models will then be applied to solve a variety of mixed-media design problems.
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 15/16 Credits

COMM 201
Public Speaking
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3
FINE 102
Art History II
This survey course investigates the history of visual images and concepts from the revival of Greco-Roman tradition during the Renaissance, through the styles of the rising nations during the Enlightenment, to the varied and conflicting ideas of the present. 3-0-3
FINE 111
Traditional and modern skills of the painter’s craft will be the course focus with instruction and practice in color theory; the mixing and application of paint; the uses of light, shadow, and color intensity to achieve depth; and the established concepts of composition in the oil paint medium. 0-6-3
FINE 205
Three Dimensional Design
This is a survey course considering a variety of movements and techniques used in both traditional and contemporary sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on learning to think volumetrically as opposed to linearly, formal issues of balance and composition, the significance of materials, organic and inorganic forms, methods of sculptural design and the design process (from idea to drawing to Maquette to sculpture). During this course, students will create one sculpture exploring organic and inorganic forms; one assemblage sculpture made of found objects; one carved abstract sculpture (intended as a Maquette of a monumental, site-specific piece; and one Bas Relief which will be cast into any variety of cold-poured (i.e. cast stone or plaster) materials. 2-2-3
MATH 126
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4
TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 16 Credits

FINE 115
Digital Imaging
Using Adobe Photoshop, students will solve media problems by producing specific digital graphic solutions while observing the principles of good design. In order to observe how form contributes to message, the student will research how designers create the essential graphics, gather design elements from various resources, and generate designs that conform to and enhance message content. The students will also consider design variables related to various destination media like monitors, printers and other deliverables. 2-2-3
TAOC Category Four - 4 credits
TAOC Category Five - 3 credits
TAOC Category Six (LITR, MUSI, or PHIL) - 3 credits
TAOC Category Five or Six (LITR, MUSI, or PHIL) - 3 credits

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

VISC 240
Digital Portfolio
This course is designed to develop students' strategies for exploring and creating a dynamic digital portfolio. The students will explore current tactics and practices used to display their best works and showcase projects. Students will research sites, create storyboards and prototypes, packaging for portfolio, resume, and analyze the potential audiences. Concepts, cross-platform developments and issues concerning aesthetics, interface design and the use of media are addressed. Students will also explore and implement various current techniques for electronic self-promotion. This is the Visual Communications's capstone course. 2-2-3
BUSM 108
This course explores the challenges and problems of small business operations including business plans and funding, forms and records, financial problems, ordering and inventory, layout of equipment and offices, methods of improving business, and employer employee relations. 3-0-3
Elective (FINE, FILM, or VISC) or FINE Internship - 3 credits
Elective (FINE, FILM, or VISC) or FINE Internship - 3 credits
TAOC Category Six (LITR, MUSI, or PHIL) - 3 credits