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Studio Arts Option

Associate in Science -  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
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College writing I ENG 111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement.
College Writing II ENG 112 3 ENG 111
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
CONCENTRATION COURSES
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
Elements of Form VMA103 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Drawing from Observation VMA104 3 ENG095 or placement
Introduction to Mass Media VMA 111 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Arts History Prehistoric to Medieval VMA 112 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Arts History Renaissance to Contemporary VMA 113 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Elements of Time VMA118 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Inventive Drawing VMA205 3 VMA104
Figure Drawing VMA 207 3 VMA 104
Multimedia Paint and Theory VMA 221 3 VMA104
Painting Concepts VMA 225 3 VMA 221
Studio Portfolio VMA 227 3 VMA207 or VMA221
Career Elective 3
Career Elective 3
Total Credits 61
Last Modified Date: July 9, 2018

Program Description

The program offers foundation training for artists, photographers, media-creators and studio designers by providing traditional/ digital based art instruction and conceptual ideation towards individual expression. Gaining technical mastery over the foundational basic elements of art and principles of design provides them the flexibility to produce compelling artwork in any medium; skills with obvious, translatable commercial value. Graduates of this option may qualify to transfer using benefits of Mass Transfer Pathways to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this option qualify to transfer to bachelor’s degree-granting colleges or universities. Potential entry level careers in the visual arts, which vary according to the chosen major, which may include: Fine Arts, Commercial Arts, Graphic/Visual Design, Photography, Sculpture/3-D Designer, Illustration, Animation, Filmmaker, Videography, Architecture/Interior Architecture, Fashion Designer, Art Therapy, Art Education, Art Criticism and Theory, Art Historian, Art Critic, Curator, Gallerist/Art Dealer, Video Game Designer, Audio/Visual Artist, Audio Technician, Web Designer, Display Designer,Product Designer et cetera. Students of all these tracks receive the same foundational curriculum within a typical Four-Year Art College.

Program Objectives

  • Develop a portfolio in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Adapt the fundamental elements and principles of design to individual aesthetic.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Drawing, painting, and creating works in traditional as well as digital technologies and experimental forms.
  • Apply the basic principles of color theory.
  • Combine conceptual and critical thinking skills as applied to Studio Art