The A.A. in Art degree at LRCC offers a choice of two concentrations: Art Education and Studio Art. They share a core of 4 classes in studio foundations and history. Both tracks offer a strong arts foundation for entry into the field and several options for transfer to four-year programs.

Studio Art

The Studio Art track focuses on drawing and painting and also has elective options in printmaking, ceramics, and digital media. Students will leave the program with a sense of their own creative process and a personal website to market themselves and their work to galleries, job prospects or transfer to a four-year program. With this degree a student is prepared for entry into the field or continued education.

Create a Portfolio

The curriculum presents students with a thorough exploration of a variety of art fundamentals, beginning with first year courses in Drawing, Design, and the History of Art.  Building on these foundation experiences, the second year of the program continues these studies and extends them into the disciplines of Painting and Printmaking.  In addition, a number of courses are available as art electives. The Senior Portfolio Project gives the student the practical skills to develop a professional portfolio for eventual transfer to a four-year institution of higher education, or for pursuit of a career in the visual arts, such as a studio apprentice, assistant to an artist or craftsperson, art gallery associate, or creating their own fine art business.

Transfer Opportunities

Students intending to transfer to a four-year program of study work closely with their advisor to identify the programs of interest to them.  Students may then develop a course of study and a focused portfolio for admissions review by the selected four-year programs. To become eligible for transfer to a variety of four-year programs, students must successfully complete all general education coursework in addition to their Fine Arts program of study. Poor academic performance will affect transferability whether it is after one semester or upon completion of all degree requirements.

First Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ARTS111LIntroduction to Drawing233
ARTS120L2-D Design233
ARTS131LArt History: Prehistoric to Gothic303
ENGL100LEnglish Composition404
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101
 Social Science Elective303

First Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ARTS125L3D Design233
ARTS136LArt History: Renaissance to Modernism303
 English Elective303
 Mathematics Elective303
 Social Science Elective303

Second Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ARTS116LDrawing: Personal Voice233
ARTS240LPainting I233
ARTS251LIssues in Contemporary Art101
 Art Elective303
 Science Elective303
 Social Science Elective303

Second Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ARTS216LDrawing: Figure in Value233
 Art OR Graphic Design Elective303
 Mathematics Elective403
 Science Elective234

Total Credits for First Year: 32
Total Credits for Second Year: 31
Total Credits for A.A. Degree: 63

Arts graduates will have the ability to;

  • Translate the 3D world onto a 2D surface through drawing and painting or digital media,
  • Utilize the elements of composition, 2D design, 3D design and color theory,
  • Realize and create a cohesive body of work, photograph and organize this work into an online portfolio and layout and hang this work in a professional manner,
  • Understand and discuss current trends in the art world,
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as through artistic communications,
  • Explore diverse ideas and emotions, as expressed through art history, to evaluate the effect of historical trends, events, institutions, and social systems as applied to the arts,
  • Perform mathematical operations basic to functioning in present and future disciplines or occupations and to prepare for further education,
  • Demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human and technical problems

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