Associate of Arts

Visual And Performing Arts-Visual Art Option

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Program Overview

Program Overview

When you enroll in the art option, you'll have the opportunity to develop your passion for art in a college setting alongside people who love designing and creating art as much as you do. Whether you are seasoned, up-and-coming or an artist on the side, there is a pathway for you to explore your creative skills, enhance your technique or learn a different style. Earn a degree in visual and performing arts while focusing on what you love. As part of your art education, you will learn:

  • art history
  • painting, drawing and design
  • sculpture and ceramics
  • computerized graphic design
  • take courses just for fun


Earn a degree

  •  Upon graduating, career-oriented students can seek professional entry level positions in galleries, museums and theater productions.
  • Through the CSCU Pathway Transfer Art Studies program, students may transfer to the CSCU four-year school of their choice to pursue a bachelor's degree in art.

Earn a certificate 

A certificate program in Visual Arts is available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

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NVCC art students have been accepted to competitive art schools across the country.

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NVCC art students have opportunities to participate in art exhibitions at NVCC and across the state.

Build a Strong Foundation and Specialize
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The art curriculum starts with foundation courses exploring Drawing and Design, and moves to more specialized class such as Ceramics and Printmaking.

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Prepare for a variety of careers in the arts or to transfer to a 4-year program

Develop your passion for art in a college setting alongside people who love designing and creating art as much as you do. Whether you are a seasoned professional, up-and-coming or an artist on the side, there is a pathway for you to explore your creative skills, enhance your technique or learn a different style.

Students in the NVCC Art program prepare for a variety of careers in the arts or for transferring to a bachelor’s program by starting with foundations classes of Drawing, Design and Art History. Students then are able to explore more specialized mediums like Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture and Painting while building their portfolios. Classes are open for those who want to pursue a career in art or those who would like to pick up a new creative skill. 


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Program Requirements

Visual and Performing Arts Visual Arts Option A.A.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Program Requirement ART*H111 Drawing I 3
Program Requirement ART*H121 Two Dimensional Design 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications ART*H101 Art History I 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement ART*H112 Drawing II 3
Program Requirement ART*H122 Three Dimensional Design 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement ART*H102 Art History II 3
Program Requirement ART*H131 Sculpture 3
Program Requirement ART*H151 Painting I 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Program Requirement ART*H161 Ceramics I 3
Program Requirement ART*H167 Printmaking I 3
Program Requirement Visual Art Elective◊◊◊ 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

◊◊◊Students should choose ART*H132, *H152, *H162, *H168, *H250, or GRA*H150. See catalogue for course descriptions..

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Execute skills and techniques necessary for studio art, and demonstrate manipulative skills including dexterity with tools and equipment specific to various media.
  2. Compile a portfolio of work reflecting the breadth of his/her study.
  3. Demonstrate desirable attitudes and work habits — creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, good artistic judgment, industriousness, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance.
  4. Describe a knowledge of the relationship among various components of art including design, drawing and painting, and understand the contributions that each makes to the final product.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of mounting an exhibition of work and presenting it to the public.
  6. Communicate clearly using specific art vocabulary .

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Art Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Creativity ART*H111 Drawing I 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Program Requirement Unrestricted Electives◊◊ - See advisor 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Quantitative Reasoning Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H200 Advanced Composition 3
Program Requirement ART*H101 Art History I 3
Program Requirement ART*H121 2-D Design 2
THIRD SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Program Requirement ART*H102 Art History II 3
Program Requirement ART*H122 3-D Design or ART*H131 Sculpture I 3
Program Requirement Unrestricted Electives1 - See advisor 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Program Requirement Select 3 courses, with no more than one course from each group 1-6:

  1. ART*H112 Drawing II
  2. ART*H151 Painting I
  3. ART*H167 Printmaking
  4. ART*H131 Sculpture I or
    ART*H161 Ceramics
  5. GRA*H111 Computer Graphics or
    GRA*H150 Introduction
    to Computer Graphics
  6. ART*H250 Digital Photography
6-9
Program Requirement Unrestricted Electives◊◊ - See advisor 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Students should consider beginning or completing work on foreign language requirements for CCSU, WCSU, ECSU & Charter Oak.

Certificate in Visual Arts/Studio Arts

Course No. Title Credits
ART*H111 Drawing I 3
ART*H151 Painting I 3
ART*H101 Art History I
or
ART*H102 Art History II 3
ART*H112 Drawing II 3
ART*H152 Painting II 3
ART*H121 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART*H131 Sculpture I 3
Electives Art 6
Total Credit Hours 27

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of skills and techniques necessary for studio art.
  2. Assemble a comprehensive portfolio of artwork.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

 

Earning a certificate in Visual Arts/Studio Arts will reinforce your knowledge of two-dimensional studio art and art appreciation. These courses are designed to help ease you into college level credited art courses or to continue your study in a more finite direction. When you're done, you will: 

  • have a strong understanding of technique 
  • demonstrate skillful application of technique to various projects 
  • leave with a comprehensive portfolio of your artwork.

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Academic & Transfer

Through the CSCU Pathway Transfer Art Studies program, students may transfer to the CSCU four-year school of their choice to pursue a bachelor's degree in art.

Career Paths

Upon graduating, you will be set academically to transfer to a four-year program or seek professional entry level positions in galleries, museums and theater productions.

  • Art Educator
  • Designer
  • Practicing Artist
  • Museum and Gallery Careers
  • Art Therapist

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