Art Transfer Degree Program

Interior View of Painting StudioThe two-year transfer Art program is designed to give students a strong foundation in the visual arts. Student trips are scheduled throughout the year to view exhibits of recognized artists.  A student’s class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements.

Most students who decide to major in Art at a four-year institution will plan a course of study that will lead to an Associate in Arts Degree.

Activity scholarships are offered in Art

Outside View of Orscheln Hall From the Southwest
The CCC Art Program is located in Orscheln Hall, two blocks north of the main campus on Eighth Street

Recommended Courses for students planning to major in Art

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs.
ARTS-140 Art History and Appreciation I 3
ARTS-141 Art History and Appreciation II 3
ARTS-150 Ceramics I 3
ARTS-250 Ceramics II 3
ARTS-147 Drawing I 3
ARTS-247 Drawing II 3
ARTS-142 Introduction to Design I 3
ARTS-144 Painting I 3
ARTS-207 Sculpture I 3
ARTS-110 Photography I 3
ARTS-210 Photography II 3

To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.

Art Course Descriptions

ARTS-110.  Photography I.  3 Hours.  This is an introductory course designed to acquaint the beginning student with the materials and techniques of 35mm black and white photography.  The course entails instruction in the use of the camera and use of the darkroom facilities for developing and printing.  Ownership of, or ready access to, a 35mm hand camera is required of each student.  Emphasis in this course is placed on photography as a means of artistic expression.

ARTS-140.  Art History and Appreciation I.  3 Hours.  This is a survey lecture course covering the development of art and architecture in Western culture from prehistoric times to the 18th century.  It includes a study of the basic principles and problems of the visual arts along with major historical trends and periods.  The relationship between artistic development and cultural changes are also discussed.

ARTS-141.  Art History and Appreciation II.  3 Hours.  This is a survey lecture course covering the development of art and architecture in Western culture from the 18th century to contemporary times.  Emphasis is on the development of Modern Art and its relationship to the cultural movements of the time in addition to its influence on the present culture.  Prerequisite:  Art History and Appreciation I or consent of instructor.

ARTS-142.  Introduction to Design I.  3 Hours.  A basic studio art class introducing the fundamental principles of two-dimensional composition.  Emphasis will be on the creative and expressive use of these principles as a means of visual communication.

ARTS-144.  Painting I.  3 Hours.  A basic studio course examining the fundamentals of painting with oil paints.  The history and basic techniques are explored.  The making of a pallet and use of the pallet are stressed.  Emphasis on understanding these principles will be applied throughout the course using the still-life.  Color theory and composition are emphasized.

ARTS-145.  Crafts.  3 Hours.  A basic studio course which introduces various studio techniques commonly used by artists in expressing an idea.  The basic fundamentals are explored in two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums.  Painting, drawing, ceramics, print making and various crafts are explored.  Emphasis will be on craftsmanship and use of the studio.

ARTS-147.  Drawing I.  3 Hours.  An introductory studio course examining the basic fundamentals of drawing:  line, value, form, gesture and spatial illusions.  Emphasis will be on understanding and applying these basic principles through a variety of projects and exercises using charcoal, conte crayon and ebony pencil.

ARTS-150.  Ceramics I.  3 Hours.  An introductory studio course emphasizing three hand-built pottery techniques:  pinch, slab and coil.  Basic surface, glaze and firing techniques are covered along with a brief introduction to the history of ceramics.

ARTS-152.  Elementary Art.  3 Hours.  This course provides a survey of concepts, theories and experiences for appreciating teaching art.  It will enable the future elementary art teacher to develop educational art units and lesson plans for the classroom.  This is accomplished by imparting theoretical knowledge and experiencing practical applications.

ARTS-207.  Sculpture I.  3 Hours.  An introductory studio course focusing on the creative development and use of three-dimensional visual activity.  Emphasis will be on the basic principles of three-dimensional composition and the expressive possibilities of sculptural form and space. 

ARTS-210.  Photography II.  3 Hours.  This is an advanced photography course designed to encourage and help the student to gain and develop further insight toward what a photograph potentially is.  35 mm black and white photography will be the base format of the class using a single lens reflex camera.  However, a pin hole camera and photograms will be explored as well.  Emphasis in this course is placed on photography as a means of artistic expression.  Ownership of, or ready access to, a 35 mm manual camera is required of each student.  Prerequisite:  Photography I.

ARTS-244.  Painting II.  3 Hours.  This is an advanced course in painting addressing issues of the still-life, portrait, landscape and abstraction using oil paints.  Students will focus on developing content and personal expression.  Note: This course is a continuation of the concepts approached in Painting I.  Prerequisite: Painting I or consent of the instructor. 

ARTS-247.  Drawing II.  3 Hours.  This is an advanced and continuation course of Drawing I.  During the semester the student will be required to work on both more "finished work" and experimental drawings.  The student will be required to turn in a certain number of drawings three times during the semester for individual critique.  This is a studio course, and instruction will occur both on an individual basis and as a group.  Strong emphasis will be placed on the experimental and life drawing.  Prerequisite:  Drawing I or permission of the instructor.

ARTS-250.  Ceramics II.  3 Hours.   A continuation of Ceramics I with the introduction of the potter's wheel as a clay forming tool.  Clay and glaze formulation will be explored.  Emphasis will be on the creative development of surface and form using an earthenware clay body.