Art—Professional Track Degree (RTP)

This program’s focus is studio art. Students gain a solid foundation in fine art and design to prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue fields such as fine arts, graphic design, art education, animation or architectural, industrial, landscape, or fashion design. MWCC art students are taught primarily in small groups in a one-on-one learning environment, with close attention to individual creative development and basic skill mastery. Faculty members actively participate in the preparation of student art portfolios, which are necessary for successful transfer.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ART109 Art History I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ART252 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ART259 Ceramics I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ART263 Drawing I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ART110 Art History II

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ART251 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement; ART263 (strongly recommended)
ART264 Drawing II

3

ART263 or permission of division dean
ENG102 English Composition II

3

ENG101
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, & Wellness Elective

2/3

Prerequisites:FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placementNote: PER130 is recommended for transfer
Art Elective

3

Electives: ART241, 242, 257, 260, 269, 270, 273, 284, 285, 286, 287, 291
ART253 Painting I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement;ART251, ART264, or permission of division dean
ART271 Sculpture I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement;ART252 or permission of division dean
ART269 Drawing III

3

ART264
Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, ssc
Art Elective

3

Note: See above Art Electives
ART254 Painting II

3

ART253 or permission of division dean
Literature Elective

3

Electives: ENG201, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 259, 260, 261
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

MAT096 or placement
Science Elective

3/4

Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
General Elective

3

Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
ART211 Portfolio Preparation (Capstone Course)

1

ART263, 264, 269; or permission of division dean
                                               Total: 63/65 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: Students should work hard to develop a sense of confidence in their ability and judgment; realize that talent alone does not guarantee success–diligence and commitment are necessary; resist the urge to package themselves up to a specific style too soon and familiarize themselves with the art world—what exists in art museums as well as commercial art galleries.

Transfer options: The MWCC Art program is renowned for graduating students who are well-prepared to transfer; many successfully compete for admission to well-established art colleges and universities. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: After completing this program and earning a bachelor’s degree in a related field, students can pursue careers in fine arts, design, or teaching. In fine arts, students can pursue painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, or film. In design, students can pursue graphic design or architectural, industrial, landscape, or fashion design. In teaching, students with additional education can become elementary or high school teachers or college professors.

Earning potential: Varies according to industry.

Program Competencies for RTP and RT

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Show the skills and knowledge necessary to transfer to an art program at a four-year college or university.
  • Obtain the understanding of the creative process.
  • Know the language of visual design (i.e., basic design theory, design elements, composition, etc.).
  • Understand the properties of various media (i.e., clay, oils, watercolor, inks, charcoal, etc.).
  • Demonstrate the awareness and understanding of the sources, history, and development of art.
  • Acknowledge the understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of the studio arts.
  • Develop a professional portfolio for transferring to a four-year institution, as well as individual portfolios for each art course.
  • Analyze career/transfer opportunities and assess their own skills and abilities in relation to their future.
  • Perform critical thinking.

Technical Standards* for RT and RTP

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand, stoop and walk for a minimum of four hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Lift 25 pounds to waist high, shoulder high, and above the head.
  • Comprehend the spoken word.
  • Function cooperatively in a studio learning environment where limited space, equipment, and tools are shared.