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Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 Course Catalog 
Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art and Design A.S.

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School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Arts and Communications
HEGIS: 5610



Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. 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.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined

The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers.  Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more  about the differences among award types.

Program Description

The Art and Design A.S. 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 successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate skill in the use of drawing media and ability to translate observation to image.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on two-and three-dimensional design.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply color theory in the creation of successful color compositions.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to create self-directed/concept-driven works that communicate meaning/personal voice.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to 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.

Program Requirements

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 from all courses with prefix ART. Students may also take FILM 130 – Digital Storytelling .

Minimum Total Credits - 63

Career Path Opportunities

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Transfer Opportunities (non-SUNY)

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit for additional transfer resources and contacts.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors!  Go to to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.

Getting Started

Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.

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