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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

This studio-oriented Fine Arts degree focuses on visual and technical skills as well as professional practice. Students are encouraged to use the building blocks of historical and contemporary art investigation, as well as personal experience as the catalyst for their artistic pursuit. Active collaboration beyond the traditional classroom walls will expand the experience on a local and global perspective. Exposure to career opportunities and educational options is an integral part of the program as students have the flexibility to transfer to other college programs.

A thorough exploration of a variety of visual art fundamentals will be provided. Students will expand their ability to use verbal, written and visual language effectively while using critical thinking skills. The program fosters learning, demonstration and civic engagement.

The curriculum requirements for the Associate of Arts in Fine Arts Degree offer the equivalent of the first two years of a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. The Associate of Arts Fine Arts Degree program meets the needs of our transfer students by preparing them to pursue a four-year bachelor degree in Studio Arts, Arts, Fine Arts, Photography, Art History, Art Therapy and Art Education.

Program Goal

The Fine Arts degree program offers students a strong foundation in the fine arts and includes the general education requirements to transfer to a four-year college. The program provides an educational background that is broad enough for the student to continue their education and training according to society’s changing needs and provides an educational experience ensuring flexibility of occupational choice.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Have a working knowledge and the appropriate vocabulary of art terms and techniques including the principles and elements of art
  • Display a competency in both technical and conceptual aspects of art
  • Develop professional practices through attending gallery exhibitions, displaying work, attending visiting artist lectures and demonstrations, individual and group critiques, and a portfolio review
  • Develop a professional portfolio for transfer to a four-year college

Admission Requirements

In addition to college-wide admission requirements, applicants must have:

  • A grade of "C" or better in high school level algebra, English, reading and writing.

Transfer Credit Policy

Appropriate transfer credits for courses within the major may be accepted within a 10-year time frame. The Department Chair, on an individual basis, will evaluate transfer of courses more than 10 years old.

Employment Opportunities

Though most graduates of the Fine Arts program transfer into a four-year college, MCC Fine Arts program graduates will possess the skills and knowledge to obtain entry-level positions in art management.

Transfer Opportunities

Students who graduate from MCC’s Fine Arts program will have the opportunity to transfer to several four-year colleges including: University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Colby-Sawyer College, New England College, Massachusetts College of Art, Maine College of Art, Franklin Pierce University, Endicott College, Art Institute of Boston, The New England Institute of Art and University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Fine Arts Degree

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS123M Drawing I 2 3 3
ARTS210M Painting I 2 3 3
ARTS130M Introduction of Art 3 0 3
ENGL109M or
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Total 15 6 17
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS117M Art History I 3 0 3
ARTS223M Drawing II 2 2 3
ENGL214M Creative Nonfiction 3 0 3
  Art & Design Elective - Choose one: (All ARTS courses, GDES115M, GDES122M, GDES155M, GDES211M, or GDES221M) 3 0 3
  Lab Science Elective 3 3 4
  Total 14 6 16

Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS120M Digital Photography 2 3 3
ARTS125M Watercolors I 2 3 3
ARTS217M Art History II 2 3 3
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 13 6 15
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS212M Painting II 2 3 3
ARTS226M Portfolio Prep for Fine Arts 2 3 3
  Art & Design Elective - Choose one: (All ARTS courses, GDES115M, GDES122M, GDES155M, GDES211M, or GDES221M) 3 0 3
  Lab Science Elective 3 3 4
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 13 9 16
Total Credits - 64