Requirements for the A.S. Degree

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-321 Mathematics in Contemporary Society 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
Creative Expression (Recommended: ARTH 100, ARTH 101, ARTH 202, ARTH 115, ARTH 116, ARTH 117, or ARTH 120)1
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Scientific World (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. Select one course from 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E.2 3
Subtotal 30

Major Requirements

Students select 21-23 credits in consultation with a departmental adviser as follows:

Courses Credits
Select six (6) credits from:
ARTH-100: Introductory Survey of Art 3
ARTH-101: History of Art I 3
ARTH-115: Modern Art 3
ARTH-116: American Art 3
ARTH-117: History of Photography 3
ARTH-120: Contemporary Art 3
ARTH-126: History of Asian Art 3
ARTH 128 History of African Art 3
ARTH 150 Art Administration 2
ARTH-202: History of Art II 3
ARTH 225 History of Graphic Design 3
Select 16-18 credits from:
ARTH-115: Modern Art 3
ARTH-116: American Art 3
ARTH-117: History of Photography 3
ARTH-120: Contemporary Art 3
ARTH-126: History of Asian Art 3
ARTH-128: History of African Arts 3
ARTH-150: Art Administration 2
ARTS-121: Two-Dimensional Design 3
ARTS-122: Introduction to Sculpture:Three-Dimensional Design 3
ARTS-130: Art Methods for the K-8 Curriculum I 3
ARTS-131: Art Methods for the K-8 Curriculum II 3
ARTS-132: Introduction to Art Therapy 3
ARTS-141: Introduction to Photography 3
ARTS-151: Drawing I 3
ARTS-161: Painting I 3
ARTS-182: Sculpture 3
ARTS-186: Ceramics I 3
ARTS-191: Introduction to Video Art 3
ARTS-192: Web-Animation 3
ARTH-225: History of Graphic Design 3
ARTH-251: Art Curating 3
ARTH-252: Art Institutions and the Business of Art 3
ARTS-221: Color Theory 3
ARTS-242: Advanced Photographic Skills 3
ARTS-243: Digital Photography 3
ARTS-252: Drawing II 3
ARTS-253: Illustration 3
ARTS-262: Painting II 3
ARTS-263: Painting III 3
ARTS-270: Printmaking: Relief and Stencil 3
ARTS-271: Printmaking: Intaglio 3
ARTS-272: Printmaking II 3
ARTS-286: Ceramics II 3
ARTS-290: Advertising Design and Layout 3
ARTS-291: Electronic Imaging 3
ARTS-292: Design for Desktop Publishing 3
ARTS-293: Design for Motion Graphics 3
ARTH-380: Gallery Internship I 2
ARTH-381: Gallery Internship II 2
ARTS-343: Large Format and Studio Photography 3
ARTS-344: Photography as Fine Art 3
ARTS-345: Creating The Documentary Image 3
ARTS-346: Color Photography 3
ARTS-348: Photographing People 3
ARTS-349: Illustration and Fashion Photography 3
ARTS-380: Artist Apprentice Internship I 2
ARTS-381: Artist Apprentice Internship II 2
ARTS-382: Special Problems in Studio Art I 3
ARTS-383: Special Problems in Studio Art II 3
ARTS-390: Portfolio Project in Studio Art 1
Subtotal 22-24

Additional Major Requirements

Courses Credits
SP-211: Speech Communication3 3
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education
HE-102: Health Behavior & Society
One course in PE-400 or PE-500 series or DAN-100 series 1
Laboratory Science4: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121, ET-842, PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 5-7


Courses Credits

Free electives (ARTS-390 strongly recommended)


Subtotal 0-2

Total Credits Required


1 Students taking the Art History concentration should not take ARTH 100. Rather they should take ARTH-101 and ARTH-202. Students taking the Art and Design concentration may take ARTH-100.

2 Recommended: select course from 2C in concentration discipline.

3 Students who have taken SP-211 in the Common Core are recommended to take a Foreign Language course; or HIST-110, HIST-111, HIST-112; or a Social Sciences course.

4 Students who have taken a STEM Variant course in the Common Core 1C have fulfilled this requirement.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Art: Art and Design Concentration

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a progressive understanding of the various elements and basic interrelated processes of creation, interpretation, and execution within their discipline
  2. Form and defend fundamental value judgments about works of art within the area of concentration
  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
  4. Integrate personal observation and objective criticism in the evolution of their artistic work
  5. Use the principles inherent in form, function and expression at various levels of experience to deconstruct, construct and reconstruct aesthetic product
  6. Apply increasingly sophisticated design principles to various media and visual forms
  7. Exercise a value judgment about the works of individual artists

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