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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 - Art (AA-Art) (AA-Art)
Academic Plan Code
8105
Total Credits Required
62–66
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway 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:

  • Demonstrate foundational skills in the use of art process and media to enable effective visual communication and personal expression.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and the creative process to solve visual and technical problems in various media.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively while recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
  • Interpret works of art within historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Generate ideas, creations, or models that express the human condition and our relationship to the world.
  • Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, in accordance with copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field.
  • 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. 

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Craft Artists $27,360
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators $54,960
Multimedia Artists and Animators $58,940
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
ART111 Drawing I Critical course Gateway course 3
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design Critical course 3
ARH101 Prehistoric through Gothic Art Meets both the HU and H Values 3
SB Any Social-Behavioral Sciences Course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-18
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meet the SB and COM Value 3
ART113 Color Critical course 3
ART115 Three-Dimensional Design Critical course 3
ARH102 Renaissance through Contemporary Art Meets the HU Value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
C Any Cultural Diversity in the U.S. Course 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–4
SQ Any Natural Sciences (SQ) Course 4
Restricted Electives Select 2 Courses from Restricted Electives Restricted Electives: ART116, ART122, ART131, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250 6
CRE101 or
L
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Any Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course If testing out of CRE101, complete any course that meets the L requirement 3
Meet with ASU transfer Specialist.

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
ART255 Art Marketing 3
Restricted Electives Select 2 Courses from Restricted Electives Restricted Electives: ART116, ART122, ART131, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250 6
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SQ/SG Any Natural Sciences (SQ or SG) Course 4
Apply for Admission to ASU

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
ART111 Drawing I Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design Critical course 3
ARH101 Prehistoric through Gothic Art Meets both the HU and H Values 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SB Any Social-Behavioral Sciences Course 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets both SB and COM values 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ART113 Color Critical course 3
ART115 Three-Dimensional Design Critical course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ARH102 Renaissance through Contemporary Art Meets the HU Value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–4
SQ Any Natural Sciences (SQ) Course 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
C Any Cultural Diversity in the U.S. Course 0–3
Restricted Electives Select 2 Courses from Restricted Electives Restricted Electives: ART116, ART122, ART131, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250 6

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CRE101 or
L
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Any Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course If testing out of CRE101, complete any course that meets the L requirement 3
ART255 Art Marketing 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
Restricted Electives Select 2 Courses from Restricted Electives Restricted Electives: ART116, ART122, ART131, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250 6

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SQ/SG Any Natural Sciences (SQ or SG) Course 4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art in Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art (AA-Art) (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aafa1819art.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.