Art—Traditional Program Degree (RT)

This program is for students who wish to gain a strong foundation in studio art to pursue fields where an art background is necessary but not the sole focus, such as art administration, education, or design. By integrating studio art courses with electives in other disciplines (math, science, and social sciences), this program will prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to concentrate in fields such as art history, art conservation, museum studies, arts administration, or education. Students could also pursue programs in architecture or industrial design.

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
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness

Elective

2/3

    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

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
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
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

  Lab Science Elective

4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
  Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective

3

    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC

 

ART254 Painting II

3

    ART253 or permission of division dean
MAT163 Pre-Calculus (or higher)

4

    MAT134 or placement
  Literature Elective

3

    Electives: ENG201, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 259, 260, 261
  Social Science Elective (Behavioral

or Non-behavioral)

3

    Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Science Elective

3/4

    Electives: See above Science Electives
ART211 Portfolio Preparation (Capstone Course)

1

    ART263, 264, 269; or permission of division dean
                                                Total: 65/67 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 and realize that talent alone does not guarantee success. Diligence and commitment are necessary. They should 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. This program qualifies for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). 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, students can pursue careers in fields that require an art background such as: art history, art conservation, museum administration, curating, or education. They can also pursue architecture or industrial design.

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.