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Spring 2016 Course Catalog 
Spring 2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Arts A.A.S.

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Division: Arts, Humanities and Learning Resources
Academic Dept: Arts
HEGIS: 5610
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Matt Ferranto
Office: HAAB-403D
Telephone: 914-606-6621
Email: matt.ferranto@sunywcc.edu

A Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

The Visual Arts Program at Westchester Community College is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year BFA or Liberal Arts program or to obtain entry-level positions in an arts-related career. Modeled on the “foundation” year taught at most four-year art schools, the curriculum provides a strong foundation in history, theory, and studio practice, establishing a basis for more concentrated study in selected areas of interest. The program encourages both breadth and depth, with a focus on preparing students for the rigorous demands of BFA degree programs and continued growth as professional artists and designers.

Program Goal

To provide students with the foundation level knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an avocation or career in the visual arts, and/or to prepare students for successful transfer to a four-year BFA or Liberal Arts program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:

  1. Demonstrate skill in the use of drawing media and ability to translate observation to image
  2. Apply basic elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on two-and three-dimensional design
  3. Apply color theory in the creation of successful color compositions
  4. Create self-directed/concept-driven works that communicate meaning/personal voice
  5. Speak and write critically about personal and peer artworks using art vocabulary
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of art historical and contemporary periods, movements, and styles, and familiarity with art historical terminology.
  7. Assemble a portfolio of work suitable for academic transfer in digital and hard copy formats.

General Education Requirements - 22 Credits

Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .

Basic Communication (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (4 credits)

Social Sciences (3 credits)

The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)

Select ONE from the following:

American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History - see SUNY General Education Courses   
                    Western Civilization - see SUNY General Education Courses   

Art Electives

Select 15 credits from the following:

Art/Design Electives

Select ONE of the following courses:

Minimum Total Credits - 63

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

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