Aug 18, 2022  
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
    
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic 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 2022 to Summer 2023. 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.

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 Map


The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.

 

 Semester 1

Course
(click for more information)
Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ART 100   1  
ART 101     3  
ART 112     3  
ART 108     3  
ENG 101     3  
Mathematics Gen Ed Elective     3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Semester 2

Course
(click for more information)
Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ART 102   3  
ART 126     3  
ART 107   3  
ART 109     3  
ENG 102   3  
Semester Total Credits     15  

Semester 3

Course
(click for more information)
Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ART 113     3  
ART 130     1  
Art Elective     3
Art Elective     3
ART 109A  or other Art Elective     3 ✹✹
Social Sciences Gen Ed Elective       3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Notes:

✹ Choose one: ART 103 , ART 104 , ART 105 , ART 109A , ART 110 , ART 128 , ART 129 , ART 131 , ART 147 , ART 149A , ART 170 , ART 188 , ART 201 , ART 220 , ART 265 , or ART 270  

✹✹  ART 109A  is recommend for Art & Design majors

Semester 4

Course
(click for more information)
Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
Art Elective 3
Art Elective 3
American History or Western Civilization Gen Ed Elective       3  
Natural Science with Lab Gen Ed Elective       4  
Liberal Arts Elective       3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Notes:

✹ Choose one: ART 103 , ART 104 , ART 105 , ART 109A , ART 110 , ART 128 , ART 129 , ART 131 , ART 147 , ART 149A , ART 170 , ART 188 , ART 201 , ART 220 , ART 265 , or ART 270  

Minimum Total Credits: 63

Transfer Opportunities


Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process to ensure that graduates of the college are prepared to transfer with junior status, and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer. View 4-year institutions’ transfer agreement information by program here.

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