An Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Graphics or Studio Art will prepare students for transfer to a university program to continue with their studies. The Graphics program provides a foundation in art and technology as it relates to graphic design, and the Studio Art program provides foundational opportunities for the study of visual art.

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Graduates of the Graphics program will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify stylistic characteristics of cultural/historical periods studied
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between purpose and form in art and architecture
  • Analyze the relationship between 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional form and space
  • Demonstrate foundational technique methods
  • Demonstrate use of the elements and principles of design
  • Demonstrate technical/conceptual skills at an appropriate level

Graduates of the Studio Art program will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe 3-dimensional form in space utilizing 2-dimensional media
  • Demonstrate critical skills used in analyzing the relationship between form and content in the visual art movements of the past
  • Demonstrate a hands-on and conceptual understanding of the process of design
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize in three-dimensional space

Programs

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AA in Art (Graphics)

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation.   (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester (Fall)

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101
or
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1 3 Major Requirement
ART 101 Basic Design/2 Dimensional Major Requirement
GRA 101 Graphic Communication 1 4 Major Requirement
SSC 101 Student Success Course (recommended) 1 General Elective
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Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester (Spring)

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102 
or
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
ARH 142 Survey of World Art 2 3 Major Requirement
ART 102 Basic Design/3 Dimensional 3 Major Requirement
ART 111 Drawing 1 3 Major Requirement
GRA 102 Graphic Communications 2 4 Major Requirement
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Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ART/GRA Choose a course from ART/GRA Departmental Requirements 3-4 Departmental Requirement
HIS 110 World History to 1500 (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
Physical & Biological Choose a course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Course
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Milestones:

  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
GRA 206 Portfolio & Career Management 3 Departmental Requirement
Social & Behavioral Choose a course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
Physical & Biological Choose a course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Courses
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Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

AA in Art (Studio Art)

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation.   (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101
or
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1 3 Major Requirement
ART 101 Basic Design/2 Dimensional Major Requirement
ART 111 Drawing 1 3 Major Requirement
SSC 101 Student Success Course (recommended) 1 General Elective
    16  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102
or
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
ARH 142 Survey of World Art 2 3 Major Requirement
ART 102 Basic Design/3 Dimensional 3 Major Requirement
ART elective Choose a course from approved ART electives 3 Departmental Requirement
Social & Behavioral Choose a course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ART elective Choose a course from approved ART electives 3 Departmental Requirement
ART elective Choose a course from approved ART electives 3 Departmental Requirement
HIS 110 World History to 1500 (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
Physical & Biological Choose a course from Physical & Biological Sciences 3 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Course
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Milestones:

  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ART elective Choose a course from approved ART electives 3 Departmental Requirement
ART elective  Choose a course from approved ART electives 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
Physical & Biological Choose a course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences 
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Course
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Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

Transfer Paths and Requirements

UNIVERSITY / LOCATION DEGREE MAJOR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Arizona State University  BFA, BA Art (multiple program options)
Fashion
None
Northern Arizona University  BFA, BSED Studio Art (multiple program options)
Visual Communication (multiple program options)
None
University of Arizona  BFA, BA Art & Visual Culture Education (multiple program options)
Studio Art
2nd or 4th Semester Proficiency (depends on program)

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.  

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Craft Artists
Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
$32,330
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists. 
$38,760
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.
$40,590
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
$47,050
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
$50,430
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects. 
$59,530
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.
$80,560
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
$91,690

Contact Information

Brad Pease
Division Chair, Fine Arts
Professor of Computer Graphics and Fine Arts
(928) 344-7707
Office: AB 101
Vanessa Lopez
Administrative Secretary
(928) 344-7708
Office: LR 067
Alexis Gorman
Senior Secretary
(928) 344-7591
Office: LR 068
William Blomquist
Professor of Fine Arts
(928) 317-6060
Office: AB 103
Julie Floss
Professor of Fine Arts
(928) 314-9434
Office: San Luis Learning Center
Angel Luna
Professor of Fine Arts
(928) 344-7756
Office: AB 102