Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Art and Design


Program Description


The Art and Design curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional art schools after study at Community College of Philadelphia. This curriculum prepares students for either a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) program.

The curriculum has been designed to be consistent with the foundation program of art schools and art programs at four-year colleges.

Because transferability is most important, students will develop skills accordingly and also prepare a comprehensive transfer portfolio.

This foundation program will allow students to continue their studies leading to careers in the fine arts, a range of design fields (such as graphic and media arts, industrial and product design, fashion/textile design), crafts, art education and art therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic foundation level 2D and 3D design concepts, including perceptual drawing.
  • Utilize learned technical studio and/or computer-based skills to realize and test visual ideas and concepts.
  • Use a wide range of materials and means of expression to communicate visual ideas.
  • Critically interpret and analyze visual concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arts through associated terminology, historical practices and contemporary developments.

Program Entry Requirements:

Applicants to the program must submit a portfolio with 8 to 10 pieces of original art work to demonstrate ability, talent and originality, though potential rather than competence is the primary measure for admission.

Students are required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A. degree in Art and Design, a student must complete a minimum of 63 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better and no grade below "C" in any program core and directed elective course.

Art and Design Course Sequence

First Semester

  • ART 105 - Drawing I
  • ART 125 - Design I (black and white)
  • ART 111 - 3-D Design I
  • ART 150 - Intro to Computer Art/Graphics
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition I

Second Semester

  • ART 106 - Drawing II
  • ART 126 - Design II
  • ART 112 - 3-D Design II
  • ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance
  • CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology

Third Semester

  • ENGL 102 - The Research Paper
  • FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)
  • ART 290 - Portfolio Prep
  • ART 207 - Drawing III
  • ART 104 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern
  • Directed Elective

Fourth Semester

  • Social Science Elective
  • ART 208 - Drawing IV
  • Directed Elective
  • Natural Science Elective

Directed Electives (3 ARE NEEDED)

  • ART 109 - Ceramics I
  • ART 115 - Painting I
  • ART 151 - Graphic Design I
  • ART 205 - Modern American Art
  • ART 209 - Ceramics II
  • ART 215 - Painting II
  • ART 251 - Graphic Design II
  • PHOT 101 - Basic Photography
  • PHOT 151 - Digital Imaging

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive. The same course may be used to fulfill both requirements.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

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Welcome to Community College of Philadelphia, where more than 685,000 individuals have embarked on their path to possibilities since 1965. We serve a diverse population of students, from recent high school graduates starting here on their path to a bachelor's degree, to adults looking to change careers. Read less