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Visual Arts

General Program Info

The visual arts program is dedicated to providing degree seeking entry–level students with foundational skills in drawing and design. Intermediate study and experimentation with various additional disciplines is also encouraged: ceramics, painting, photography, and printmaking. Professional development courses augment studio practice and relay business fundamentals in support of careers in the arts.
A variety of art history courses enhances the appreciation of art and culture from the prehistoric era to the present day. Dynamic extra–curricular activities such as those orchestrated by the student–run art club “Partners In Art” present opportunities to build friendships and engage with the local art community. Students enjoy exhibiting their artwork in a state-of-the-art gallery on campus and in a prestigious district–wide exhibit. Merit scholarships partially fund tuition and are available through competition for intermediate students.
Faculty members are accomplished professionals who actively exhibit their work.

Recommended two–year curriculum for the Associate’s Degree in Art

Associates Degree in Fine Arts.

Total Credits required:  

63

General education credits:

35

Art credits:

28 (foundations: 16; electives: 12)

This program is designed for student transfer to a four-year college/university or
art school in application towards the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree.
For information on articulation at the Arizona public universities see: aztransfer.com


Recommended 2-year curriculum

First Year Program

Fall 
1st-year composition (ENG 101), 3 credits
Survey of computer info systems (CIS 105), 3 credits
Drawing I (ART 111), 3 credits
2-dimensional Design, (ART 112) 3 credits
Art history survey I (ARH 101), 3 credits
College Success (AAA 115), 1 credit

Spring
1st-year composition (ENG 102), 3 credits
Public Speaking (COM 225), 3 credits
Drawing II (ART 122), 3 credits 
3-dimensional Design (ART 115), 3 credits
Art history survey II (ARH 102), 3 credits

Summer
Fundamental Chemistry I and lab (CHM 130, 130LL), 4 credits
Math (MAT 142), 3 credits

 

Second Year Program

Fall
American Jazz and Pop Music (MHL 145), 3 credits
Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 160), 4 credits
Life drawing (ART 116), 3 credits
Color (ART 113), 3 credits
Ceramics I (ART 161), 3 credits

Spring
Intro to Psychology (PSY 101), 3 credits 
Anthropology (ASB 102), 3 credits
The Portfolio (ART 255ab), 1 credit
Watercolor I (ART 165) or Painting I (Art 167), 3 credits

 

 

 

First year credit hours:

38

 

Second year credit hours:

26

 

Total credit hours: 

64

 

Information on the Associate’s Degree in Art

2009-2010 Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) – Art
 

Description

The Maricopa County Community College District Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree requires a minimum of 63 semester credits for the program of study. The degree includes the following components:

I. General Education:

Arizona General Education Curriculum for Arts (AGEC-A)

MCCCD Additional Requirements

II. Fine Arts Requirements – Art
 

Purpose of the Degree

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree is designed for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In general, the components of the degree meet requirements for majors in the Fine Arts. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs such as the Bachelor of Fine Arts, which may require a portfolio or performance requirement.

The semester credits used to satisfy the MCCCD Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree may apply to university graduation requirements of the university major for which the degree is designed. Information regarding the articulation of the degree with majors at the Arizona public universities can be accessed via the following website:www.aztransfer.com
 

Academic Policies that Govern the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts – Art Degree

· Completion of the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree or the AGEC-A provides for exemption from Arizona public university admission requirements for Arizona residents who have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 on a 4.0=A scale and a minimum 2.5 on a 4.0=A scale for non-residents.

· The graduation policies within the general catalog must be satisfied for completion of the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree.

· A minimum of 63 semester credits in courses numbered 100 and above to be completed with a grade of “C”or better. Credit units transferred from outside of the district need to be at a grade of “C” or better. A grade of “C” equals 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent. On an exception basis, P-grades may be allowed in the AGEC for credit transferred if documentation collected by the community college indicates that the P-grade issued was the only option for the student and the P-grade is a “C” or better. The P-grade exception does not apply to credits awarded by AGEC granting/receiving institutions.

· Credit received through prior learning assessment or credit by evaluation is transferable within the Maricopa Community Colleges but is not necessarily transferable to other colleges and universities. No more than 20 semester credit hours may be applied toward AGEC.

· The General Education Requirements for AGEC-A may be completed in 35 semester credits with the following stipulations

o Courses can satisfy a Core Area and one or two Awareness Areas simultaneously

o A course cannot be used to satisfy more than one Core Area

· General Education Courses can satisfy multiple areas within the degree simultaneously (AGEC-A Core Area, AGEC Awareness Area, MCCCD Additional Requirements, or lower-division courses applicable to the major).

· Effective Fall 2000, the course evaluation and/or general education designation as listed in the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) within the Arizona Course Applicability System (AZCAS), is valid for the term in which the student is awarded credit on the transcript. A course evaluation and/or general education designation may be subject to change. Students do have the option to petition for general education evaluations and/or general education designations upon transfer.

· Courses completed at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to meet AGEC-A requirements must be listed in the Course Equivalency Guide within the Arizona Course Applicability System as an equivalent course, departmental elective credit (XXXXDEC), or general elective credit (Elective) at all Arizona public universities. The course’s evaluation and/or general education designation is valid for the term in which the student is awarded credit on the transcript. See the list titled MCCCD Courses That Can Be used to Satisfy MCCCD AGEC-A, AGEC-B, and/or AGEC-S for specific course information via the following website: www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/

· Courses completed at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to meet the General Electives requirement must be listed in the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) within the Arizona Course Applicability System (AZCAS) as an equivalent course, departmental elective credit (XXXDEC), or general elective credit (Elective) at all Arizona public universities. For appropriate course selection, students should consult with an advisor.

· Courses transferred from another regionally accredited institution to one of the Maricopa Community Colleges will be evaluated by the college for inclusion in the AGEC-A or Associate in Arts, Fine - Arts Degree.

· Courses and their modular equivalents will satisfy AGEC-A and Associate in Arts, Fine Arts – Art requirements.

· If a course is cross-referenced with one or more other courses, then only one of the cross-referenced courses will be accepted to meet requirements.
 

Degree Requirements

The 63 semester credits required for the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree follow. See the list titled MCCCD Courses That Can Be used to Satisfy MCCCD AGEC-A, AGEC-B, and/or AGEC-S for specific course information via the following website: www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/ This list identifies the courses in alpha-order by prefix as well as the Core Areas and Awareness Areas where the course will apply. For purposes of clarifying requirements in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences areas on the list and the AGEC requirements, an A, B, and/or S character may follow the [MA], [SQ], [SG] general education designations and refers to the specific AGEC.
 

I.MCCCD General Education

The MCCCD General Education includes two areas: MCCCD AGEC-A and MCCCD Additional Requirements.

MCCCD AGEC-A

1. Core Areas: Credits: 35

a. First-Year Composition (FYC): Credits: 6

b. Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]: Credits: 3

c. Mathematical Studies [MA/CS]: Credits: 6

To complete the Mathematical Studies requirement, select one

course to satisfy Mathematics [MA] A and a second course from Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS].

1) Mathematics [MA] A (3 credits)

Select a course in college mathematics or college algebra

or pre-calculus or any other mathematics course for which college

algebra is a prerequisite.

AND

2) Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] (3 credits)

d. Humanities and Fine Arts [HU]: Credits: 6

Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than

one discipline for a total of six semester credits.

Select the following:

Credit  ARH101 Prehistoric Through Gothic Art 3

e. Social and Behavioral Sciences [SB]: Credits: 6

Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than

one discipline for a total of six semester credits.

f. Natural Sciences [SQ/SG]: Credits: 8

To complete the Natural Sciences requirement: Select four (4)

semester credits of [SQ] and four (4) semester credits of [SG]

for a total of eight (8) semester credits, OR eight (8) semester

credits of [SQ]. Students can not take eight (8) semester credits

of [SG] to meet the Natural Sciences requirement.

The lecture course(s) selected for Natural Sciences must include or be

accompanied by the corresponding laboratory course. The lecture

and corresponding laboratory course(s) may carry separate credit.

Students should consult with an advisor for appropriate course

selection. Students should also access the AZ Course Equivalency

Guide (CEG) within the AZ Course Applicability System (AZCAS)

for information on equivalencies.

2. Awareness Areas: Credits: 0

Students must satisfy two Awareness Areas: Cultural Diversity in the

United States [C] and either Global Awareness [G] or Historical Awareness [H].

However, it is not necessary for students to exceed thirty-five semester credits

to complete the Awareness Areas because courses can satisfy a Core Area and one

or two Awareness Areas simultaneously. Therefore no additional semester credits

are required to satisfy the two Awareness Areas.

Cultural Diversity in the United States [C]

AND

Global Awareness [G] OR

Historical Awareness [H]
 

MCCCD Additional Requirements: Credits: 0-6

Students must satisfy Oral Communication and Critical Reading areas. However, it is

not necessary for students to exceed the thirty-five semester credits required in order

to complete the MCCCD Additional Requirements because courses can satisfy a

Core Area and MCCCD Additional Requirements simultaneously. Therefore no

additional semester credits are required to satisfy Oral Communication and Critical

Reading.

a. Oral Communication: Credits: 3

A total of three (3) semester credits is required for Oral Communication.

However, if students select a communication course that satisfies both

the Oral Communication area and an area within the Core, then the Oral

Communication requirement has been satisfied and additional electives may

be taken.

Select from the following options:

COM100 [SB] (3 credits) OR

COM100AA & COM100AB & COM100AC [SB] (3 credits) OR

COM110 [SB] (3 credits) OR

COM110AA & COM110AB & COM110AC [SB] (3 credits) OR

COM225 [L] (3 credits) OR

COM230 [SB] (3 credits)
 

MCCCD General Education Requirements continued:

b. Critical Reading: Credits: 3

A total of three (3) semester credits is required for the Critical Reading area.

However, if students complete CRE 101 and apply it to AGEC-A Core

Requirements or if the students demonstrate proficiency through assessment,

then the Critical Reading requirement has been satisfied.

 

Select from the following options to complete 3 credits:

CRE101 (3 credits) OR

equivalent as indicated by assessment
 

II. Fine Arts Requirements – Art Credits: 28

A minimum of 28 credits are required to satisfy the Fine Arts Requirements – Art.

Foundations: Credits: 16

Select the following:

 

 

Credits

ADA/ART112 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ADA/ART115 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ARH102 Renaissance Through Contemporary Art

3

ART111 Drawing I

3

ART113 Color

3

ART255AB The Portfolio

1

 

 

Restricted Electives: Credits: 12

 

 

Select from the following options to complete a minimum of twelve semester credits:

 

 

 

ART116 Life Drawing I

3

ART122 Drawing and Composition II

3

ART131 Photography I

3

ART151 Sculpture I

3

ART161 Ceramics I

3

ART165 Watercolor Painting I

3

ART167 Painting I

3

 

 

Associate in Arts, Fine Arts – Art Total Credits:

63

Contact Us

Location: Building M-East

Phone: 602-787-6595

Mon-Thurs 8:00am-6:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Staff

David L. Bradley
Visual Arts Faculty/Evening Supervisor
602–787–6615
david.bradley@paradisevalley.edu

Adria Pecora
Visual Arts Faculty
602–787–7195
adria.pecora@paradisevalley.edu

Kelly Quick
Fine and Performing Arts Secretary
602–787–6809
kelly.quick@paradisevalley.edu

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