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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.

 

FIRST SEMESTER

Course No.

Descriptive Title

 Credit Hours

ART 100

Visual Arts Introductory Seminar

1

ENG 101

Composition 1

3

SPE 101 / THE 120

Oral Communication Course

3

ART 110

Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 111

Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 112

Drawing I

3

 

TOTAL

16


SECOND SEMESTER

Course No.

Descriptive Title

 Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

ART 101

History of Art

3

ART 113

Drawing II

3

ART 120

Color Theory and Painting

3

1 Art Studio Course (a) 

 

3

 

TOTAL

15


THIRD SEMESTER

Course No.

Descriptive Title

 Credit Hours

American History (Appendix D)

 

3

Science (c)

 

4

ART 102

History of Modern Art

3

ART 262

Visual Arts Portfolio Course 

2

2 Art Studio Courses (a)

 

6

 

TOTAL

18


FOURTH SEMESTER

Course No.

Descriptive Title

 Credit Hours

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

MAT 109 (b)

Survey of Mathematics 

3

Other World Civilization (d)
Appendix F

 

3

1 Art Studio Course (a)

 

3

Free Elective (e)

 

3

 

TOTAL

15

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

64

 

a. Art Studio: Students must select a minimum of four courses. At least one course must be a 200-level course. Advisors/students should take note that there are multiple offerings in painting, ceramics, photography, and digital media.

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, or physics. See SUNY General Education Appendix B.

d. 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 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).

e. Free Elective: See a full description of the free elective requirement. The subject area for Visual Arts includes all courses labeled ART.