Associate in Arts Degree

Visual Arts

The Associate in Arts degree in Visual Arts provides first- and second-year art and general education courses leading to the bachelor of arts degree. It is intended for students planning a career in art education, museum or gallery work, reporting and writing about art, and the numerous careers supplying services by and for artists such as art dealer, art consultant, art insurance agent or lawyer, commercial printer, typographer, and art therapist. Students enrolling in this curriculum are urged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to review course selections and transfer plans.

Learn more about a career in Visual Arts

Learn more: Email advising@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8500.

Visual Arts Major (8 courses)
Credit hours: 24

Complete all three sub-requirements:

1. Art - 18 credit hours

  • ARTS 1503 - Basic Drawing
  • ARTS 1513 - Two-Dimensional Design
  • ARTS 1603 - Drawing II
  • ARTS 1813 - Three-Dimensional Design
  • * ARTS 1623 - Survey of Art (Renaissance - Rococo)1
  • * ARTS 1633 - Survey of Art (1800 - Present)1

2. Art Elective - 3 credit hours

    CHOOSE ONE course from the following 10 options. In addition, a portfolio review is generally required by transfer institutions for studio courses in individual media.

  • ARTS 2513 - Painting
  • * ARTS 2523 - Painting II
  • ARTS 2533 - Ceramics I
  • ARTS 2553 - Photography
  • * ARTS 2563 - Photography II
  • ARTS 2573 - Introduction to Printmaking
  • * ARTS 2583 - Color Photography
  • * ARTS 2613 - Figure Drawing
  • * ARTS 2623 - Figure Drawing II
  • * ARTS 2643 - Computer Art
  • ARTS 2713 - Introduction to Sculpture

3. IAI Humanities Elective - 3 credit hours

    CHOOSE ONE IAI humanities course.

Communications General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

A minimum grade of C is required in *ENGL 1613 and *ENGL 1623.

  • * ENGL 1613 - English I
  • * ENGL 1623 - English II
  • * SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech

Social and Behavioral Science General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

  • * PLSC 1513 - American Government

In addition, CHOOSE TWO IAI social and behavioral science courses. PLSC can be the prefix for one - but not both - courses.

Laboratory Science General Education (2 courses)
Credit hours: 8

CHOOSE TWO IAI courses, one from the life sciences and one from the physical sciences.

Mathematics General Education (1 course)
Credit hours: 3

CHOOSE ONE IAI mathematics courses from the following five options:

  • * MATH 1704 - Contemporary Mathematics
  • * MATH 1713 - Finite Mathematics
  • * MATH 1774 - Statistics
  • * MATH 1833 - Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
  • * MATH 2515 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Humanities General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

  • * HUMS 1513 - Introduction to Humanities
  • * ARTS 1613 - Survey of Art (Caves - Cathedrals)1,2

In addition, CHOOSE ONE of the following two courses:

  • * HIST 1513 - History of Western Civilization to 1648)2
  • * HIST 1533 - History of Western Civilization (1648 to present)2

Electives (1 course)
Credit hours: 2

CHOOSE ONE course (2 credit hours) from any transfer-level elective area. Art Education majors should take PHED 1512 - Health Education, and two additional elective hours.

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION – 64

*Course has prerequisite.

1Because colleges divide historical periods differently, completing the entire Survey of Art sequence at one college is strongly recommended.

2May not also be used to meet general education requirements at some institutions.

Visual Arts A.A.—Suggested course sequence

Fall
ARTS 1503 3 cr. hrs.
ARTS 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* ARTS 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory Science course 4 cr. hrs.

Spring
ARTS 1603 3 cr. hrs.
ARTS 1813 3 cr. hrs.
* ARTS 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* Social and Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.

Fall
* ARTS 1633 3 cr. hrs.
* PLSC 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* HUMS 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Social and Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.
* Mathematics course 3-5 cr. hrs.

Spring
* SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory Science course 4 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
Art elective 3 cr. hrs.
* Elective 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

This curriculum includes more of the required general education courses than the Associate in Fine Arts degree. It should be pursued by those who are interested in an art education major and those who are undecided as to the direction they want to pursue within the field of art.

The Associate in Arts in Visual Arts fulfills the IAI lower-division General Education Core, but students entering certain fine arts fields may be required to take two or more additional studio courses to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

KCC also offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree in Art.

Use The Transfer Guide

To see how your courses transfer, log on to U.Select at http://www.transfer.org/. U.Select is an online tool that will help you view program requirements, course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to another college or university.