Studio Arts (SD)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This major prepares students to transfer to institutions offering specialized fine arts majors and related fields. Students develop skills in the production of various art forms and in proper use of tools, equipment and materials.

Career Opportunities

Possible programs students could transfer into at a four-year institution include the following: Studio Art (e.g., painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics); Art Education; Art Therapy; Studio Assistant; Art History; Graphic Design; Industrial Design.

Recommended High School Subjects

Course work with strong emphasis on communication, analytical skills and aesthetics; geometry and training in art (desirable).

Special Equipment Needs

Students enrolled in this major will be required to purchase a Freshman Art Kit

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see ).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate conceptual and hand skills in the visual arts.
  • describe and apply a variety of techniques using varied media.
  • communicate clearly, visually and verbally.
  • identify models and theoretical concepts consistent with historical and art-related ideas and apply precepts to current trends within the discipline.
  • demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, problem solving abilities, and self-reliance.
  • apply lateral thinking techniques and interdisciplinary practices to project development.
  • define the relationship of objective design criteria to a variety of content areas within the visual arts (i.e., drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture).
  • interpret and describe narrative and design characteristics in artwork.
  • analyze design and color attributes related to the visual arts.
  • contribute to intellectual and artistic development through critical analysis.
  • produce quality work based on established time-tested, formal standards.
  • demonstrate skills and academic performance relative to the promise of successful transfer for further study in an institution that offers specialized fine arts majors.

Performance Standards

Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses with an ART and PHO course designator to receive credit for their completion. Students earning a 'D' or below must retake courses in which they are deficient before those courses can be considered as meeting the prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course, after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major in which the course is required.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ART102Two-Dimensional Design 3 
ART180Drawing 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MMMMath Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Second SemesterCredits
ART109Design and Color 3 
ART202Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
PHO101Black-and-White Photography 3 
MNSMath Elective (MTH153 or Higher) 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
ART122Painting 3 
ART280Drawing II 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
ART125Art History: Ancient through 15th Century 3 
ART135Art History: 16th through 20th Centuries 3 
SDEDirected Elective - Art or Photography 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 

A student must take a Cultural Diversity course to satisfy either the Social Science, Humanities or open elective.