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Fine Arts

Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 60-62

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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. 

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. 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. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

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. 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
Category Three Elective* (math) 3/4 credits
* Category Three Electives include: MATH130, MATH135, MATH155, and MATH160

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

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
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
VISC 122
Web Design
In this course, students will learn how to use digital tools for designing web pages. Emphasis will be on how to design effective websites for a specific user in mind. Usability guidelines, tips, and examples of effective and ineffective web sites will be discussed. Students will create a web site in class using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Prerequisite: VISC115 or FINE115 2-2-3
Category Four Elective * (science - 3/4 credits)
* Category Four Electives include: BIOL101, BIOL102, BIOL201, BIOL202, CHEM101, CHEM102, PHYS101, and PHYS102
Fine Arts Elective

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
Fine Arts Elective or Internship (3 credits)
Category Five Elective * (social science/history - 3 credits)
* Category Five electives include: ANTH101, BUSM255, BUSM256, HIST101, HIST102, HIST111, HIST112, POLS101, PYSC101, PYSC106, PYSC205, PSYC210, SOCI101, and SOCI210
Category Six Elective* (non-FINE/VISC - 3 credits)
*Category Six Electives include: FREN101, FREN102, LITR207, LITR210, LITR260, MUSI101, PHIL101, PHIL110, SPAN101, and SPAN102
Category Five or Six Elective (3 credits)