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Turn your creativity into a career with an Associate of Art transfer major degree in Studio Art or Art History from Arapahoe Community College.

ACC art student painting

Humanity has appreciated beauty since before the ancient Greeks philosophized about its nature. Over the course of history, cultures have created ways to express their interpretation of what was beautiful at the time through drawing, painting, sculpting, and metalworking. Turn your passion and creativity into a career in art with your Associate of Arts degree in Art History or Studio Art. Start with at ACC and transfer almost anywhere to continue your education and path to your goals.

Angela Faris Belt
Program Chair
Art and Design Center
angela.belt [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Art History

While you are in the Art History AA program, you’ll learn:

  • Critical thinking 
  • Creative thinking and original thought
  • Understanding of context, multi-cultural perspectives, and assumptions
  • Analyze and evaluate evidence
  • Written communication and presentation

CIP 240101 (ATHD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31-33 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways -approved CO3 course (GTCO3)
Mathematics (3 or 4 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1),
  • prefer MAT 120 : Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) EXCEPT the courses listed in the Additional Required Courses section below
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-H1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 or 8 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2). One of these courses must have the required Laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Electives (9-11 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Note(s):

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

CIP 240101 (SARD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways -approved CO3 course (GTCO3)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Math course (GT-MA1)
  • prefer MAT 120 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4). No GT-AH1 courses.
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-H1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1,GT-SC2). One of these must have the required Lab (GT-SC1).
Additional Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

3 Credits OR
  • Any 3-credit Studio Art course
Electives (8 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
    ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Note(s):

Students planning to transfer to CSU-FC for completion of the BA in Studio Art must complete 2 semesters of one foreign language for their electives OR be able to pass the CSU-FC Foreign Language placement exam at the sophomore level. It may not be possible to complete the BA in Studio Art in two years without this prior foreign language competency.

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Studio Art

While you are in the Studio Art AA program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create original artwork using thoughtful content and subject matter that supports it
  • Apply interdisciplinary research or conceptual synthesis to provide meaning to your creative work
  • Create holistic compositions using strategies of visual arrangement
  • Use technique while performing effective studio practices using your chosen medium’s tools, materials, and equipment
  • Use professional presentation standards for finishing and signing / documenting artwork
  • Critically analyze creative work (your own and others’) in verbal and / or written critique, using appropriate vocabulary.

Job Potential

Having an eye for beauty and being able to create something that is pleasing to the eye can lead to a number of artistic careers. With your AA transfer degree in Studio Art or Art History, you could be on a path to a career as a(n):

Art History

By studying art history, you will learn of the great works of art and the artists behind them, while learning how to create your own artwork. Our classes cover subjects from ancient to medieval, and the Renaissance to current art. You can then transfer your credits and knowledge to a four-year institution in Colorado to earn your Bachelor’s degree. We have close affiliations with the Denver Art Museum and other galleries in the region, so you can get connected and make your dreams a reality.

Studio Art

The Studio Art program is geared towards those who want to be fine artists using their medium of choice. Develop your artistic skills with Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, and Jewelry & Metals, so that you can create your own work to display and sell. We have small studio class sizes to provide individual instruction, and flexible scheduling including day, night, weekend, accelerated, hybrid, and online classes. Our professional, accessible faculty are on hand to help you achieve success in school and beyond, and there are opportunities for socializing and networking through club activities, Colorado Gallery of the Arts presentations, and even study abroad opportunities in Spain, France, Italy, and Turkey.

Ceramics

Get a little messy and indulge in your creative side in ceramics courses. You'll learn to throw pottery on the wheel, hand build and sculpt clay, and understand the properties of clay and glazes in a variety of environments, including various atmospheres. Learn to create works of beauty and functional pieces for every day living. You will also learn how to load and fire electric and fuel burning kilns, create a solid portfolio of your work and, most importantly, develop a strong foundation in designing and creating practical and fine art clay objects.

ACC ceramics student with mug

Drawing & Painting

Express your creativity through art with ACC's drawing & painting courses. Explore drawing, design, figure drawing, figure painting, oil painting, landscape painting, watercolor and mixed media. Our instructors are artists and bring their own experience and unique style of teaching to their classes to inspire and encourage your talents. Develop a strong art foundation and self-expression, experimentation and professionalism. Aside from traditional classes at ACC, you'll also be able to go off-campus for courses and workshops in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.

ACC students painting in class

Jewelry & Metals

Create wearable works of art in ACC's jewelry & metals courses. ACC has one of the best-equipped jewelry instructional studios in the Denver area providing basic jewelry construction, soldering, casting, small forging and stone setting techniques. Build your skills in jewelry construction, forging, wax work, casting and surface textures. Our advanced classes give you the chance to explore your personal interests in metalsmithing. Classes are conducted in a hands-on workshop style, so you'll get as much hands-on attention as you need.

bracelet and torch

Photography

Do you dream of taking photos of some of the most breathtaking, unique, and captivating places and people in the world? If you do, start at ACC with your Studio Arts AA with a focus on photography. We offer black-and-white, color and digital courses so you can learn basic and advanced skills. You'll have access to our studio space to hone your skills. This option is for you if you want transfer after ACC. Check out our Commercial Photography AAS degree if you want to start your career after your graduate.

 

Woman photographing mountains