Art

Art

Transfer Pathway A.F.A.

The 60-credit Transfer Pathway A.F.A. in Art is a pre-professional program that offers you the powerful opportunity to complete an associate degree and transfer with junior-year status to a designated Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in art-related majors at five universities in the Minnesota State system.

The A.F.A. degree also gives you a head start if you’re aiming to make your way as a successful artist or specialist in the art job market. As a student in the A.F.A. degree program, you will complete Required Courses (19 credits), Restricted Art Electives (12 credits), Free Art Electives (6 credits), and the General Education Curriculum (23 credits) for a credit total of 60.

Full-time schedule recommendation

See how to schedule your classes each semester to complete your degree in two years.

 Full-Time Recommended Course of Study

Part-time schedule recommendation

Recommendations for a part-time schedule are included in the Art Program Planning Guide (see below).

2022-2023 Required Courses

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ART 1106
Art History I: From Cave Paintings to Gothic Cathedrals
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 08
Explores major works in painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from prehistory to 1400. Both the styles and methods employed in the creation of the works of art and the cultural, religious, economic, and political philosophies that influenced them will be studied.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 1107
Art History II: From Michelangelo to the Modern World
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 08
Explores major works in painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from the 15th century through the present. Both the styles and methods employed in the creation of the works of art and the cultural, religious, economic, and political philosophies that influenced them will be studied.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 1114
Foundation Drawing I
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Introduces basic drawing skills emphasizing direct observation. A variety of media and papers are explored as the student engages in studio drawing, critical evaluation of aesthetics, critique sessions, slide lectures. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 1120
Foundation 2D Design
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores basic two-dimensional perceptual and compositional theories, color theories and principles of design in the traditional art studio and in the digital studio. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2022

ART 1151
Foundation Digital Imaging
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Applies tools and techniques supported by digital media in the creation of digital art. Students will develop technical skills and apply principles of design utilizing raster and vector based software programs. Historical and contemporary art practice will guide and support the technical investigation of digital art tools in this course.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2022

ART 1196
Foundation 3D Design
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores principles and basic formulas to approaching three-dimensional organization of space. Projects are organized as individual and group assignments. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 2295
Portfolio Development
1

Course Outline
Credits: 1
Create your portfolio to earn your AFA or prepare for transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of your BFA degree. In addition to photographing the portfolio, you will build business skills including writing your art resume, preparing your artist statement, and learning how to apply for and install exhibitions. Prereq: Students should have taken most of their beginning art courses and 2 advanced level courses or permission from instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2022

Total Credits in Required Courses 19

Restricted Art Electives (choose four)

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ART 1115
Foundation Drawing II
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
This course builds on ideas and skills acquired in Drawing 1. Studio work in drawing includes a variety of materials including pencil, charcoal and color media. Subjects include life (models) as well as the non-visual. This class is conceptually based with an involvement and emphasis on structure, ideas and process. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee. Course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites:

  • ART 1114 Foundation Drawing I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 1131
Introduction to Digital Photography
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores the application of the digital camera, digital imaging software, and digital printing technology as means for individual creative expression in the fine arts. Students will engage in technological, aesthetic, conceptual aspects of digital photography using historical and contemporary practices in as a guide. Students are required to supply their own digital camera for this course. Students may not receive credit for this course if credit has been awarded for ART 1121.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 2100
Introduction to Sculpture
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores sculptural concepts, techniques, tools, materials, processes and vocabulary in order to develop skills and apply aesthetic exploration. Visits to galleries, museums, and sculpture parks may be included in this course. Studio projects may include additive process of modeling clay, subtractive process of carving plaster, constructive fabricating in wood, reproductive process of mold making, study of space as it applies to sculpture, and the history of traditional sculpture and contemporary sculpture. Lab Fee.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 2200
Introduction to Ceramics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores ceramic materials and processes. An aesthetic exploration of hand building, wheel throwing, decorating, glazing, and firing techniques to create sculptured and functional forms. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 2251
Introduction to Painting
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Introduces basics of acrylic and/or water soluble oil painting and basic color theory. Emphasis is on painting from observation. A variety of traditional and contemporary painting approaches are assigned including an opportunity for personal exploration. The studio course involves active hands-on participation by the student. Gallery and museums visits may be included in this course. Lab Fee

Prerequisites:

  • ART 1114 Drawing I
  • ART 1114 Foundation Drawing I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Restricted Art Electives (choose four) 12

Free Art Electives (choose two)

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ART 1132
Digital Photography II
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Expands on the exploration of digital camera function, digital image editing software and digital printing technology introduced in Art 1131. This course will emphasize student's development of individual artistic voice while engaging with technological, aesthetic, and conceptual issues in their work. Students are required to supply their own Digital SLR camera for this course. Students may not receive credit for this course if credit has been awarded for ART 1122. Course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites:

  • ART 1121 Digital Photography I (no lab)
  • ART 1131 Introduction to Digital Photography

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 2101
Sculpture II
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores advanced sculptural concepts, techniques, and materials with an emphasis on personal aesthetic. An historical overview with an emphasis on contemporary approaches to sculpture. Visits to galleries, museums, and sculpture parks may be included in this course. Topics and projects may include site specific sculpture, installation, plaster and/or poly resin mold making, kinetic sculpture, assemblage, form, figurative sculpture, history of traditional sculpture, contemporary sculpture, and form, scale, plane, texture and space as it relates to sculpture. Prereq: ART 2100.

Prerequisites:

  • ART 2100 Introduction to Sculpture

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ART 2201
Ceramics II
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores advanced studies in ceramics. Additional technical and aesthetic exploration and experimentation including functional and sculptural forms, slips, under glazes, clay bodies, Raku, wood, and salt kiln firings. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee. Prereq: ART 2200. Course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites:

  • ART 2200 Introduction to Ceramics

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ART 2207
Introduction to Glass
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Introduces glass working processes and techniques. An exploration of glass casting, stained glass, fusing and slumping flat glass, surface alteration, and flame work resulting in expressive forms. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ART 2217
Glass II
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Explores focused areas of various glass working processes and works on developing and refining techniques. Individualizes advanced projects in at least three skill areas covered in ART 2207. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab Fee. Prereq: ART 2207. Course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites:

  • ART 2207 Introduction to Glass

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ART 2252
Painting II
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Expands in depth upon the basic principles covered in Painting 1 including value, color theory, media, composition, technique, and personal approach. Focuses on personal creative development within the parameters of specific assignments. Gallery and museum visits may be included in this course. Lab fee. Course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites:

  • ART 2251 Introduction to Painting

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Free Art Electives (choose two) 6

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 1a)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 1b)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 1c)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3a)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3b)
3

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3a)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3b)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (Any MnTC Goal Area)
5



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 23
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.