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Associate in Fine Arts

Last updated 4/2/2014

Associate in Fine Arts Code 1245

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

David Murray, 309-796-5471, murrayd@bhc.edu
Zaiga Thorson, 309-796-5469, thorsonz@bhc.edu
East Campus
John Hartman, 309-854-1814, hartmanj@bhc.edu


The Associate in Fine Arts in Art provides the lower division preparation for students planning to major in art at a four-year institution pursuing the BFA in Art. It is also appropriate for those who seek foundation-level training to work as a fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator, media designer, or animator. This degree requires a total of 62 semester hours including general education courses, successful completion of Art 200 Portfolio Development coursework, (required the semester prior to graduation), the satisfactory evaluation of a final graduation portfolio that is representative of Art program coursework at Black Hawk College. Students will meet with a program advisor to determine career/transfer objectives and assess portfolio needs/strengths. Additional coursework/internships may be advised to strengthen portfolio work or develop additional skills.

Each student who is awarded an Associate in Fine Arts degree by the College shall have completed:
1. A total of sixty-five (65) credit hours with a “C” (2.0) grade point average or above for all work completed at Black Hawk College.
2. Thirty-seven (37) credit hours of general education:

Associate in Fine Arts
Associate in Fine Arts Code 1245
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)
PSYC 101 — Intro to Psychology (3)

Second Semester
ART 101 — 2-Dimensional Design  or  (3)
ART 111 — 3-Dimensional Design
ART 122 — Drawing and Drawing Theory (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Life Science Elective (4)

Third Semester
ART 200 — Art Problems (1)
ART 213 — Digital Photography (3)
ART 201 — Life Drawing (3)
ART 281 — History of Art (3)
* ART 290 — Applications in Computer Art (3)
Mathematics Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
ART 282 — History of Art (3)
** Art Studio Elective (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
Humanities Elective (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (62)

* Required studio course

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 200 Art Problems
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction and practical experience with various art media and technical processes. Each “workshop” emphasizes a different medium. No more than 3 semesters hours of this course may be applied toward a degree.

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 213 Digital Photography
2-3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 4-6 lab hours per week.
This course offers students of all levels a working knowledge of digital photography. Students will develop an understanding of operating a digital camera and explore photographic methods as they relate to digital images, develop their creative expression through photography, use relevant software for image modifications, and learn to value the contributions of photography to our global society.

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

ART 290 Applications in Computer Art
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hour; 6 lab hours per week.
An introduction to computer applications in the visual arts. A computer software based approach to visual image manipulation and generation, including the integration of computer hardware, software, and peripheral devices as tools to create and combine traditional and contemporary visual ideas as applied to art and design.

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.)

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

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

Communications: 3 courses (9 semester credits), including a two-course sequence in writing (6 semester credits) and one course (3 semester credits) in oral communication. A grade of “C” or better in English 101 and English 102 is required for those courses to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.
ENG 101 — Composition I
ENG 102 — Composition II
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication

Mathematics: 1 course (3 semester credits) in mathematics required.
* MATH 110 Mathematics for General Education (recommended)

Physical & Life Sciences: 2 courses (7-8 semester credits) with one course selected from the life sciences and one course from the physical sciences and including at least one laboratory course, or both NSCI 101 and NSCI 102.

Physical Sciences:
ASTR 101 — Descriptive Astronomy
ASTR 102 — Descriptive Astronomy
CHEM 101 — General Chemistry I
CHEM 110 — Introduction to Chemistry
CHEM 111 — Principles of Organo-Biochemistry
GEOG 101 — Physical Geography
GEOG 102 — Physical Geography
GEOG 106 — Introductory Meteorology (no lab)
GEOL 101 — Physical Geology
GEOL 102 — Historical Geology
PHYS 101 — College Physics I
PHYS 110 — Introduction to Physics
PHYS 140 — Practical Physics (no lab)
PHYS 201 — General Physics
PS 101 — Introduction to Physical Science
PS 205 — Issues in Science, Technology, & Society

Life Sciences:
BIOL 100 — Introduction to Biology
BIOL 101 — General Human Biology
BIOL 105 — General Biology I
BIOL 108 — Principles of Biology I
BIOL 135 — Evolution of Microbes and Humans
BIOL 190 — General Zoology
BIOL 200 — Environmental Biology I (no lab)
BIOL 201 — Environmental Biology II (no lab)
BIOL 211 — General Botany
BIOL 250 — Genetics (no lab)

Interdisciplinary: Physical/Life Sciences
NSCI 101 — Environmental Science I
NSCI 102 — Environmental Science II

Humanities and Fine Arts: 4 courses (12 semester credits), with two courses selected from humanities and two courses from the fine arts.

Humanities:
ENG 190 — Introduction to Literature
ENG 206 — Minority American Literature
ENG 207 — Introduction to Women Writers
ENG 208 — Introductory to Poetry
ENG 210 — Introduction to Fiction
ENG 213 — American Literature I
ENG 214 — American Literature II
ENG 215 — Western Lit. in Translation I
ENG 216 — Western Lit. in Translation II
ENG 221 — British Literature I
ENG 222 — British Literature II
ENG 223 — Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 250 — Film as Literature
FREN 202 — Intermediate French II
FREN 253 — Advanced French I
FREN 254 — Advanced French II
GERM 202 — Intermediate German II
GERM 253 — Advanced German I
GERM 254 — Advanced German II
HIST 125 — Western Civilization I
HIST 127 — Western Civilization II
HUM 101 — Humanities I
HUM 102 — Humanities II
PHIL 100 — Logic
PHIL 101 — Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 103 — Ethics
PHIL 206 — Philosophy of Religion
SPAN 202 — Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 253 — Advanced Spanish I
SPAN 254 — Advanced Spanish II
Consult transfer institution to determine if foreign language is required.

Fine Arts:
ART 281 — History of Art
ART 282 — History of Art

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 2 courses (6 semester credits), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology

3. A grade of “C” or better in English 101 and English 102 is required for graduation. Students transferring courses equivalent to English 101 and 102 to Black Hawk College must have a grade of “C” or better in those courses in order to obtain transfer credit.
4. All general education courses are assigned an Illinois Articulation Initiative number. No more than one course with the same IAI number can be selected to satisfy the minimum requirements in each general education category.
5. Student must earn at least 24 credit hours, excluding Advanced Placement, CLEP, proficiency and military credit, at Black Hawk College.
a. Credit earned through the College Level Examination (CLEP) may apply toward the AFA degree.
b. No courses numbered below 100 will apply towards satisfying any AFA degree requirements.