Art Transfer AA

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Last updated 4/2/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1002

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Zaiga Thorson, 309-796-5469, thorsonz@bhc.edu
Melissa Hebert-Johnson, 309-796-5465, hebertm@bhc.edu

East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu
John Hartman, 309-854-1814, hartmanj@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in art at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for an art major, students should consult with the Counseling Office at Black Hawk College for additional information.

A variety of instructional formats provide opportunities for both full and part-time students to develop the skills that meet the changing demands of this profession. Small classes enhance the educational environment and enable the student to develop technical proficiency as well as personal style. The uniqueness of each individual is stressed. Prospective students are eligible for scholarships based on a portfolio review prior to registration.

Students who wish to be a candidate for the Associate in Arts degree and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in art will submit a portfolio of their work which meets the approval of the Art Faculty. The portfolio must include a complete representation of the student’s period of study at Black Hawk College.

Art majors may enter careers such as illustrator, graphic designer, media designer, animator, fine artist, or teacher.

Black Hawk College reserves the right to exhibit and reproduce any work submitted by students for credit in art courses.

Art Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1002
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
ART 101 — 2-Dimensional Design  or  (3)
ART 111 — 3-Dimensional Design
ART 121 — Drawing and Drawing Theory (3)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)
Physical Science Elective (3)

Second Semester
ART 101 — 2-Dimensional Design  or  (3)
ART 111 — 3-Dimensional Design
ART 122 — Drawing and Drawing Theory (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Non-Western Studies Elective (3)
Life Science Elective (4)

Third Semester
ART 281 — History of Art (3)
ART 201 — Life Drawing (3)
Mathematics Elective (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
ART 282 — History of Art (3)
Art Studio Elective (3)
Art Studio Elective (3)
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)
Mathematics  or  Computer Science Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64*)

* The sequence of courses listed above will lead to the Associate in Arts degree at Black Hawk College. All transfer art students should take one additional studio elective to complete preparation for transfer. Please consult a member of the art faculty for additional information. Summer courses and online offerings may be an alternative to completing this curriculum.

Courses for this program include: »

ART 101 2-Dimensional Design
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Open to all students. Fundamentals of two-dimensional design. Students learn basic elements and principles of visual design through the completion of a wide variety of two-dimensional projects. Emphasis on terminology, problem-solving and craftsmanship.

ART 111 3-Dimensional Design
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Open to all students. Fundamentals of three-dimensional design, utilizing a variety of materials. Projects examine these materials and probe the elements and principles of design as they relate to sculptural form. Emphasis on terminology, problem-solving and craftsmanship.

ART 121 Drawing and Drawing Theory
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Open to all students. Study of basic drawing techniques using traditional drawing media such as pencil, ink, charcoal and ink wash. Concentration on composition and craftsmanship.

ART 122 Drawing and Drawing Theory
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ART 121.
Emphasis on color and expressions in composition utilizing various drawing media such as pastels, colored pencils, ink, and other traditional drawing media.

ART 201 Life Drawing
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ART 121 or instructor consent.
Basic figure drawing skills with emphasis on various media and individual approaches. An appreciation of the human form through the study of human anatomy and structure.

ART 281 History of Art
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Open to all students. Survey of the great works of architecture, painting, and sculpture from the Ancient World to the Gothic Age. The historic development of Western art is emphasized. IAI: F2 901

ART 282 History of Art
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Open to all students. Survey of the great works of architecture, painting, and sculpture from the Renaissance into the twentieth century. The historical development of modern Western art traditions is emphasized. IAI: F2 902

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900