Arts (A.A.)

Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 0401

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

ECC’s Art degree program majors take courses that ensure a strong technical and artistic foundation. The curriculum parallels the first two years of a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Art at a four-year college or university and also serves as preparation for careers such as a freelance artist, graphic designer, interior decorator, advertising designer, museum assistant, curator, or art teacher.

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About this A.A. in Arts degree

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. The Art studio courses may generally be taken at any time.

If I major in Art, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The Liberal Arts. AA Art degree program prepares students to transfer to institutions offering a B.A. degree in Art as well as many other Humanities and Liberal Arts B.A. degree programs. Typically, your AA credits will be applied to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree program. While studying at ECC, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the degree requirements of any bachelor’s program you wish to transfer to upon graduation.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 15 credits per semester, you can complete the program in two years. You may shorten the time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of art through time and diverse cultures;
  • Research and analyze a particular artist, period, style, work, or trend in art in order to prepare an MLA-formatted research paper which uses information technology in its preparation;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing and using a variety of drawing, design, and painting techniques, materials, and styles; and
  • Produce a personal portfolio of two- and three-dimensional works of art.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Art Program Coordinator (973)877-3151 or the Humanities Department (973)877-3285

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)
ENG 109 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:
Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221 or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)
AND
Lab Science: BIO 101BIO 102, BIO 103BIO 104, BIO 121BIO 122, CHM 101CHM 102, CHM 103CHM 104, PHY 101PHY 102, PHY 103PHY 104 or PHY 113PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219, SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)
Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263 or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)
AND
Choose one of the following art courses: ART 101 or ART 102 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101HST 102, HST 111HST 112, HST 121HST 122, HST 131HST 132, HST 134HST 135, HST 136HST 137 or HST 161HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)
Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105, ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200, CIN 103, ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264, HST 121, HST 122, HST 137, MUS 117, PSY 232, REL 105, SOC 108, SOC 205 or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)

Major Course Requirements

ART 103 Fundamentals of Art I (3 credits)
ART 104 Fundamentals of Art II (3 credits)
ART 107 Drawing I (3 credits)
ART 111 Fundamentals of Painting I (3 credits)
ART 205 Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ART 206 Three-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ART 161 Computer Enhanced Layout and Design, ART 167 Introduction to Computer Art, or ART 168 Desktop Publishing/Presentation Graphics (one 3-credit course)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 66

First Semester
ART 101 Art History I or ART 102 Art History II (one 3-credit course)
ART 103 Fundamentals of Art I (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

Second Semester
ART 104 Fundamentals of Art II (3 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

Third Semester
ART 107 Drawing I (3 credits)
ART 205 Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)

Fourth Semester
ART 111 Fundamentals of Painting I (3 credits)
ART 206 Three-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ART 161 Computer Enhanced Layout and Design, ART 167 Introduction to Computer Art, or ART 168 Desktop Publishing/Presentation Graphics (one 3-credit course)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity requirement (one 3-credit course)

NOTES: 

(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.