Fine Art
Award: Associate of Fine 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 Fine Arts (A.F.A) degree and preparation to transfer to a B.F.A. Art + Design program. The A.F.A degree is a pre-professional degree. In comparison with an A.A. in Art + Design, there is a higher concentration of studio classes and fewer general education courses. Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at a private art college, or who need more intensive development of their portfolios for transfer to any institution, should choose this degree. Students planning to transfer to a state institution may want to consider enrolling in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Art + Design degree. Please consult with an advisor. The B.F.A. is the best choice for students who plan on pursuing their M.F.A. and a career as an exhibiting artist or a professional illustrator.

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.

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. Students may choose to focus on two-dimensional or three-dimensional work and may include electives in other disciplines such as photography and digital arts. The wide variety of experiences in the Fine Art A.F.A. concentration prepares students to focus in any studio discipline of their choice in their B.F.A. program.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Art + Design degree 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 B.F.A. program.

# Advanced Studio Courses
Check catalog for prerequisites
 ART 214Painting II 3
 ART 219Sculpture II 3
 ART 220Ceramics II 3

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. HCC faculty are 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
Mathematics Elective *3
Biological/Physical Science Elective **3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
ART 115Ceramics I 3
ART 201History of Art-Ancient and Medieval 3
PHOT 131Digital Photography I 3
ART 213Studio Drawing II: Contemporary Practice 3
ART 233Portfolio Workshop 3
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester Credits
ART 202History of Art-Renaissance to Modern 3
Advanced Studio Courses #*6
ART 122Color: Art, Science & Culture 3
ART 192Independent Study:Art *** 
PHOT 192Independent Study: Photography ***2
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total15

* A four-credit course in mathematics may be substituted.
**A four credit Biological/Physical Science Lab course may be substituted.
*** A three credit course in ART or PHOT may be substituted, and in most cases would be a better option for transfer.

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.