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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Art, A.A. (General Transfer)

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Academic Program Code:  201

Every artist and designer must be, to some extent, a viewer, creator, communicator, theorist, and historian.  For this reason, certain subject matter areas and learning processes are common to all art/design/photography majors.  Undergraduate studies in art/design should prepare students to function in a variety of artistic roles.  This program serves students interested in any of the following two academic tracks:  

1.  Instruction in art/design as a component of a liberal education, keeping a broad perspective, and instilling appreciation for the arts.  

2.  Preparatory training to facilitate transferability to liberal arts or professional baccalaureate programs in art/design.

General Education Courses

English Composition

Select two of the following courses.


Select one Humanities Elective from a discipline other than AT.

Social Sciences

Select one Social Science Elective from a discipline other than PS.

Natural Science & Mathematics

Select one math course and two science courses from two different disciplines (subjects).  One of the science courses must be a lab science.

Program Elective Courses

Select a minimum of nine General Electives from outside of the Visual Arts area.

  • General Elective - (min. of 3)
  • General Elective - (min. of 3)

Total Credit Hours


Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

  1. Essential judgment skills to include: ability to identify, assess, and comprehend visual and conceptual situations for the purpose of problem solving around themes, subjects and technical/process challenges to elicit appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions. Critical and creative thinking are expected cornerstones of all work assigned in this program.
  1. Essential physical/neurological functions to include: ability to use the senses of seeing, hearing, and touch to make correct judgments regarding  visual and conceptual situations (which could include still-life and model arrangements) and meet  required physical expectations to perform interventions for the purpose of demonstrating competence to safely engage in the processes of this program. Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations. In addition, students should possess the following abilities:
  1. Ability to see still-life, life-model, and other subjects from a minimum of 8 feet distance.
  2. Ability to see color
  3. Ability to measure visually using a sighting stick.
  4. Ability to stand for 30 minutes or more while working on some processes.
  1. Essential communication skills to include: ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, and all members of the Visual Arts programs. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication.

Written and verbal critiques are expected and essential to success in this program.

  1. Essential emotional coping skills: ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the processes of this program as determined by professional standards of practice.

This program requires students to critically evaluate own artworks, and those of others, to enhance the learning process.  Students are expected to cope with critique and apply the learning from it to the completion of artworks.

  1. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the processes of this program. Students should exhibit the following abilities:
  1. Ability to measure with sighting stick
  2. Ability to calculate proportions
  3. Ability to work with perspective principles/calculations
  4. Ability to synthesize multiple concepts and visuals within artworks
  5. Ability to visualize, imagine, and synthesize ideas into artworks
  6. Ability to analyze connections, correlations, spatial considerations, etc… and their effects on conceptual aspects of artworks
  7. Ability to analyze concepts, readings, and research relevant to visual arts
  1. Other essential behavioral attributes: ability to engage in activities consistent with safe program practices without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Visual Arts Department and as a developing professional in the visual arts, consistent with accepted standards of practice.

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