Fine Art
Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Prof. Heidi Neff Chuffo, 443-412-2276,; Prof. James McFarland, 443-412-2247,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Art + Design program offers students an Associate of Arts degree and preparation to transfer to a B.A. or B.F.A. Art + Design program. This program challenges students with an intensive, hands-on, studio-based curriculum that emphasizes art-making skills and critical thinking. Classes are taught by professional, exhibiting artists who have expertise in their disciplines. This program also provides the community with the opportunity to study for personal enrichment.

The Fine Art concentration gives students the opportunity to study a variety of traditional art-making disciplines while building a strong artistic foundation. Students are taught fundamental art techniques and principles, and are encouraged to realize their individual artistic visions. The Fine Art concentration prepares students for continued studies in specific Fine Art disciplines such as Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Illustration, Painting, or Sculpture. The Fine Art concentration will also prepare students for further study in Art Education, Arts Administration, Decorative Painting, Display Design, Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Medical Illustration, and Museum Studies.

Students planning to transfer to a private art college, or who need more intensive development of their portfolios for transfer to any institution, should enroll in the Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is well-suited for those transferring to a state institution. Please consult with an advisor.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Art + Designdegree students will be able to:
  1. Create works with proper use of design elements.
  2. Create works with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of materials, tools, techniques, and processes.
  3. Clearly communicate and demonstrate critical thinking to articulate ideas in visual, verbal, and written forms.
  4. Demonstrate good habits and behaviors of self-reflection, motivation, confidence, and work ethic.
  5. Create work that shows the clear evolution of concept development.
  6. Successfully transfer to a four-year institution.

# Advanced Studio Course Check catalog for prerequisites.
 ART 213Studio Drawing II: Contemporary Practice  *3
 ART 214Painting II 3
 ART 219Sculpture II 3
 ART 220Ceramics II 3
 ART 233Portfolio Workshop 3

* ART 213: Drawing II: Contemporary Practice is a recommended transfer class to many state schools. Students should check the requirements of their preferred transfer institution.

HCC graduates have successfully transferred to art schools and universities, both in and out of Maryland. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance. Some art schools require portfolios for admission and financial aid consideration. The HCC faculty is well-versed in these requirements and assist students in portfolio preparation.

Approximately 588,000 Americans work in the art and design industries. It should be noted that artists with fine art degrees not only continue to become fine artists but are also well prepared to work in art-related fields. Opportunities for employment may also be found in arts administration, art criticism, art therapy, industrial design, theater set design, and public relations, among others. Employment is usually secured by the presentation of a portfolio that shows evidence of appropriate skills and talent.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
ART 101Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 111Studio Drawing I: Observation 3
ART 120Digital Foundations I 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
ART 107Fundamentals of 3-D Design 3
ART 109Sculpture I 3
ART 113Painting I 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective **3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
ART 115Ceramics I 3
ART 201History of Art-Ancient and Medieval 3
PHOT 131Digital Photography I 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
General Elective ***3
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
ART 202History of Art-Renaissance to Modern 3
Advanced Studio Courses # *3
Biological/Physical Science Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
General Elective**1
 Semester Total14

**If a four-credit course in mathematics is substituted, the one-credit General Elective in the fourth semester is not necessary.
*** Students planning on transferring into an Art Education program may want to take EDUC 101 for their general elective. Consult with an advisor.

Courses in this discipline may require field trip(s).

Students who wish to pursue further study in art may, with instructor permission, enroll in Independent Study.