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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

Being an artist is about more than making the world a more beautiful place. It’s about communicating ideas, connecting with others, and evoking emotion. In this modern global society, art has a farther reach than ever, whether your medium is painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, or design. 

MCC’s coursework in fine arts focuses on creating effective art and innovative design through diverse studio work in traditional and nontraditional media. You’ll gain technical and conceptual knowledge while realizing your greatest creative potential and sharpening your artistic skill set.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Art (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8105
Total Credits Required
60-69
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Fine Arts program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Fine Arts  
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Fine Arts  
University of Arizona Bachelor of Fine Arts  

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational skills in the use of art process and media to enable effective visual communication and personal expression.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills, the creative process, and aesthetic/perceptual literacy to solve visual, technical and conceptual problems in various media.
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively while recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
  4. Interpret the social, cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts that influence the production and interpretation of art.
  5. Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, with an awareness of copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field.
  6. Use the critique process to present and develop fine art portfolios for transfer, career development, or personal use.

Career Opportunities

The critical thinking and communication skills you’ll gain with a degree in fine arts combined with your natural talent as an artist will make you desirable to a number of employers in various industries. 

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$66,397

Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, and Other Fine Artists

$17,656

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART111 Drawing I Critical course Gateway course 3
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design Critical course 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 Color Critical course 3
ART115 Three-Dimensional Design Critical course 3
ARH101 or
ARH102
Prehistoric through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art H, HU 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
L Any Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course If testing out of CRE101, complete any course that meets the L requirement 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART255AB or
ART255
The Portfolio or Art Marketing 1–3
ARH101 or
ARH102
Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art H, HU 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences (SQ) Course 4
Create Portfolio for transfer program

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SQ/SG Any Natural Sciences (SQ or SG) Course 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART111 or
ART112
Drawing I or Two-Dimensional Design Critical course Gateway course 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART111 or
ART112
Drawing I or Two-Dimensional Design 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 or
ART115
Color or Three-Dimensional Design Critical course 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
L Any Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course If testing out of CRE101, complete any course that meets the L requirement 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 or
ART115
Color or Three-Dimensional Design 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARH101 or
ARH102
Prehistoric through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art H, HU 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARH101 or
ARH102
Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art H, HU 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART255AB or
ART255
The Portfolio or Art Marketing 1–3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Art (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135241).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Fine Arts program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019