Visual Arts (VAT)

This program will provide an option for students who are interested in pursuing an associate degree in the Visual Arts with a goal of transferring to a baccalaureate institution. This program will provide a strong foundation in art while offering opportunities to pursue areas of particular interest (drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, graphic design and mixed media). Students may select courses from an area of interest (drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, graphic design, mixed media) or may elect courses in a variety of studio areas. Potential post-transfer careers include textile and fashion design, interior design, product and industrial design, museum and gallery work, art restoration, arts administration, art therapy, display design, motion graphics and animation, graphic design for print, web and other applications, photography and studio art. This degree will satisfy the state-mandated General Education requirements and emphasizes the importance of liberal arts studies in preparation for the BA or BFA degree.

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Visual Arts (VAT) will be able to:

  • Create a portfolio of work in one or more art area of choice, including graphic design, ceramics, photography, calligraphy, and mixed media at DCC for review by transfer institutions;
  • Create basic drawing, two-dimensional, and three dimensional art projects that incorporate research, visual idea development, and communication of visual concepts to synthesize structure of composition, form, and space by using tools, materials and the various elements of line, shape, volume, value, texture, and color to achieve balance and unity;
  • Show proficiency in creating works of art incorporating thinking (researching, creating), doing (designing, working, building), and communication (presenting and analyzing);
  • Analyze their and others’ artwork in terms of description, comparison and evaluation of design elements, principles, methods, goals, content, meaning, relevance, and perspective.



Course No. Descriptive Title  Credit Hours
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
MAT 109 or higher (b)   3
ART 100 Visual Art Introductory Seminar 1
ART 110 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 112 Drawing I 3
  TOTAL 16


Course No. Descriptive Title  Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
ART 101 History of Art 3
ART 120 Color Theory and Painting 3
Art Studio Course (a)    3
Art Studio Course (a)   3
  TOTAL 15


Course No. Descriptive Title  Credit Hours
American History (Appendix D)   3
Science (c)   4
ART 102 History of Modern Art 3
ART Studio Course (a)   3
ART Studio Course (a)   3
  TOTAL 16


Course No. Descriptive Title  Credit Hours
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
Other World Civilizations (e)   3
Free Elective (d)   3
ART Studio Course (a)   3
ART Studio Course (a)   3
  TOTAL 15


a. Art Studio: Students must select a minimum of six courses* from the list of Art courses below. At least one course must be a 200-level course. Students should be aware of pre-requisite course requirements of the institutions to which they intend to transfer, therefore, consult with their academic advisors and the DCC transfer counselor when selecting courses listed below.

ART 111, 113, 140, 141, 145, 147, 150, 151, 153, 157, 161, 172;

ART 209, 222, 226, 227, 241, 242, 254, 257, 260, 264, 275

*Note: The following Art Studio classes are recommended to be taken in the order listed below from First Semester through Fourth Semester.

For students interested in Fine Art/Drawing and Painting:

2nd Semester: ART 111 & 113; 3rd Semester: ART 226 & 141;

4th Semester: choice of ART 222 or 209, & choice of ART 227 or 241.

For students interested in Fine Art/Ceramics:

2nd Semester: ART 111 & 172; 3rd Semester: ART 274 & choice of ART 141 or 226; 4th Semester: choice of ART 113 or 209, & ART 275.

For students interested in Digital Media/Graphics and Design:

2nd Semester: ART 140 & 157; 3rd Semester: ART 145 & choice of ART 147 or 161; 4th Semester: ART 242 & choice of ART 209 or 260 or ART 264 or COM 103.

For students interested in Photography:

2nd Semester: ART 150 & 157; 3rd Semester: choice of ART 151 or 153, & choice of ART 161 or 257; 4th Semester: ART 254 & choice of ART 209 or 260 or 264 or COM 103.

b. Math: Some transfer colleges require MAT 110 or higher.

c. Science course: select one applicable 4-credit course in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical sciences, physics. See Courses Applicable in All Programs.

d. Free Elective: See a full description of the free elective requirement. The subject area for ART includes all courses labeled ART. Students transferring in Art History should take a Foreign Language course. For all other students transferring in this program, please consult with your advisor.

e. Students are urged to speak with their transfer institution for possible further requirements. Select a course from SUNY General Education Other World Civilizations courses (Appendix F). ART 103 is recommended, especially for students transferring in Art History. However, if HIS 108 has already been taken, thereby already satisfying the Other World Civilizations SUNY General Education course, please instead select an American History course (Appendix D), or a Foreign Language course (Appendix I).