Art/Visual Arts (MassTransfer)

  • Overview

Focuses on the development of critical, philosophical, visual, and technical skills in the visual arts. Students may concentration in photography, video, computer arts, painting, drawing, and interdisciplinary arts. The program includes studio foundation experiences in diverse media and required courses in liberal arts and art history. This version of the Visual Arts program is designed to meet the specific requirements of the MassTransfer General Education Foundation.

What You'll StudyCourse Sequencing
AVC
Curriculum Documents

To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

This is just one way you might complete the Art/Visual Arts (MassTransfer) program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Art/Visual Arts (MassTransfer) program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

ART 121
ART 131
ART 151
ENG Comp. I
Gen. Education elective

ART 123
ART 132
AHS 101
ENG Comp. II
Gen. Education elective

ART 155
ART 161
AHS 107
Gen. Education elective
Gen. Education elective

ART elective
ART elective
ART elective
AHS 102
Gen. Education elective
Gen. Education elective

Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

ART 121
ART 131
ENG Comp. I

ART 123
ART 132
ENG Comp. II

ART 151
ART 155
AHS 101

ART 161
ART elective
AHS 102

Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4

ART elective
Gen. Education elective

ART elective
Gen. Education elective

AHS 107
Gen. Education elective
Gen. Education elective

Gen. Education elective
Gen. Education elective

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:
  • Work hard, in depth, and take risks in relation to new concepts, content, techniques, and processes.
  • Produce a strong thematic body of work.
  • Be able to extend investigative work on projects over a period of time.
  • Display growth in the understanding of the visual language, issues, and concepts.
  • Develop competence in the manipulation of materials and media (craft).
  • Be able to discuss their own work and the work of others within the context of art discourse and visual literacy.
  • Develop a critical way of seeing, understanding, and interpreting space.
  • Understand the place and role of the artist in society and culture.
  • Develop a level of critical thinking that will enable them to continue to develop their ideas.
  • Develop a level of independence and self-motivation to continue working outside of the academic environment.

The level to which students develop in these areas will be determined by the art program they complete and individual commitment to that program of study.

Art programs providing a concentration within a specific medium (AVA, AVC) enable students to achieve a higher level of mastery in that medium. In addition, programs including study in the Liberal Arts (LAA, AVA, AVC) provide students with a set of experiences designed to strengthen their general education abilities.

April 8, 2014

What’s next

Transfer to a four-year university or liberal arts college or seek entry-level employment. Your future career could include work in photography, video, design, computer graphics, illustration, art education, museum/gallery curatorship, and arts administration.