Associate of Arts in Art

Division of Humanities — Curriculum Code: 0401

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


Why major in Art?

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

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

Under the articulation and joint enrollment agreements with area institutions, all the college credits earned at ECC will be accepted by these four-year institutions upon transfer. ECC has such agreements with the institutions our students most frequently attend including the following: NJIT, Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, Kean University, Montclair State University, Bloomfield College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and others. ECC Art graduates have also transferred to and completed baccalaureate degrees at Pratt Institute, the Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the School of Visual Arts.

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.

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

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 16 credits per semester, you can complete the program in two years. You may shorten the time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Art Coordinator (973)877-3151.

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.



(45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 109 (three 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: 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)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 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 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 – HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 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)


(21 credits)

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)

Total Credits Required for Degree: 66




First Semester
ART 101 Art History I OR ART 102  Art History II (3 credits)
ART 103 Fundamentals of Art I (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ART 104 Fundamentals of Art II (3 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ART 107 Drawing I (3 credits)
ART 205 Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)

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 (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Diversity requirement (3 credits)


(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, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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