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Fine Arts Concentration

Associate in Arts -  Visual and Media Arts Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual/Society From Area 2 3
World View Area 3 satisfied by program
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Scientific View of the World From Area 5 4
Humanities Area 6 satisfied by program
VMA Freshman Seminar VMA100 satisfies learning communities requirement 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design: Composition and Color VMA102 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Drawing I VMA104 3 ENG095 or placement
Figure Drawing VMA207 3 VMA104
Introduction to Mass Media VMA111 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Art History Prehistoric to Medieval or Art History Renaissance to Contemporary VMA112 or VMA113 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design: Form and Time VMA103 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Painting I for Fine Arts VMA221 3 VMA104
Painting II for Fine Arts VMA225 3 VMA221
Career Elective see note* 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Lab Science Elective 4
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Total Credits 65
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Visual and Media Arts

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

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*Note: Select the career elective from VMA courses.


Concentration Overview

This concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities offering fine arts degrees. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration qualify to transfer to bachelor’s degree-granting colleges or universities. Potential careers in the visual arts, which vary according to the chosen major, include teaching, museum work, illustration, medical and scientific illustration, advertising and printing, photography, and merchandise display.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for entry into these fields. Graduate work may be necessary, as well.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop a portfolio in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the techniques of drawing and painting. 
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of color theory.


Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis Certification simultaneously.