Studio Art (AFA)

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The Art Department offers this specialized degree primarily for students intending to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at a baccalaureate institution with competitive portfolio entry.  The program also provides a suggested framework of study for those who, although they may not wish to transfer, still want a well-rounded educational experience in studio art for personal enrichment or to develop their skills as a commercial or fine artist.  The degree places emphasis on fine art foundations courses and also requires the student to specialize in a particular studio area (painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, or metals).  Students will document a body of artwork in the culminating ART  215 Portfolio class and create related written materials to demonstrate their skills and to carry them to the next step on their pathway within the fine arts.

Completion of the following recommended courses does not guarantee admission as an art major with junior standing at the transfer institution.  A competitive GPA and a quality portfolio are also essential.  Due to the AFA degree’s heavy emphasis on studio art and art foundation courses, upon acceptance, the AFA student should expect to complete further general education courses at the baccalaureate institution in additions to upper-level course work in their major area.  Students are strongly advised to select and plan courses in collaboration with their Art Department advisor and to contact the intended transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible.  

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
Subtotal5
Quantitative Skills
Course Options5
Subtotal5
Social Sciences
Course Options5
Subtotal5
Humanities
Select five credits/units from the AA distribution list of Humanities A-list classes 15
Subtotal5
Natural Sciences
Course Options 25
Subtotal5
Health & Physical Education
Course Options3
Subtotal3
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART  103DRAWING I3
ART  110CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT3
ART  115TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN4
ART  116COLOR THEORY AND DESIGN4
ART  117THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN4
ART  118TIME-BASED ART AND DESIGN4
ART  104OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING4
or ART  203 THE HUMAN FIGURE I
ART  215PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT3
Art History
Select two from List A and one more from either list A or B:15
List A:
ART HISTORY: ANCIENT TO LATE ANTIQUE (5 credits/units)
ART HISTORY: MEDIEVAL-RENAISSANCE (5 credits/units)
ART HISTORY: BAROQUE-MODERN (5 credits/units)
ART IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (5 credits/units)
List B:
ART HISTORY: ASIAN ART (5 credits/units)
SURVEY OF NON-WESTERN ART (5 credits/units)
WOMEN ARTISTS THROUGH HISTORY (5 credits/units)
GRAPHIC DESIGN HISTORY (5 credits/units)
Studio Concentration
Select a minimum of 11 credits/units from one of the following studio concentration areas: 311
Metal Arts
Photography
Ceramics
Drawing/Painting
General Electives7
Any additional courses of 100 level or higher may apply. Physical Education activity credits are limited to a maximum of three (3) credits regardless of distribution area in the DTA degree.
Total Credits/Units90

Studio Concentrations

Metal Arts

ART  189METAL ARTS I4
ART  190METAL ARTS II4
ART  191METAL ARTS III4
ART  295WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY I 11
ART  296WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY II 11
ART  297WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY III 11

Photography

ART  140DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY4
ART  141PHOTOGRAPHY II4
ART  142PHOTOGRAPHY III4
ART  145DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I3
ART  146DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II4

Ceramics

ART  180CERAMICS I: POTTERY4
ART  181CERAMICS II: POTTERY4
ART  182CERAMICS III: POTTERY4

Drawing/Painting

ART  104OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING4
ART  105CONTEMPORARY DRAWING PRACTICES4
ART  120INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING3
ART  121PRINTMAKING II3
ART  122PRINTMAKING III3
ART  203THE HUMAN FIGURE I4
ART  204THE HUMAN FIGURE II4
ART  257PAINTING I4
ART  258PAINTING II4
ART  259PAINTING III4
ART  260WATERCOLOR I4
ART  261WATERCOLOR II4
ART  262WATERCOLOR III4

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and utilize the elements and principles of design in works of art.
  • Analyze works and ideas in the visual arts within appropriate historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
  • Demonstrate technical skill, care in handling of materials, awareness of process, and purposeful execution appropriate to discipline.
  • Use discipline appropriate vocabulary.
  • Synthesize design skills, contextual awareness, technique and craftsmanship to create innovative, coherent works.
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)