Studio Arts AFA

The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts prepares students to continue their studies in a baccalaureate art program. In addition to a general education core set of courses, students will take a Fine Arts core set of courses designed to transfer into B.F.A. and B.A. art programs at four-year institutions.

The Associate of Fine Arts in Studio Arts is designed to articulate to:

  • Concordia University B.A. in Studio Art
  • Metropolitan State University B.A. in Studio Arts
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead B.A. in Art with emphasis in Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Ceramics or Sculpture degree

 

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2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Photography I      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introduction to the fundamentals of black and white photography. Both technical and creative skills are developed in the use of the camera, exposing and developing film, enlarging and finishing the black and white photograph. Class critiques help articulate individual visual growth while artist presentations and field trips to galleries and museums help acquaint students with significant photographers. Students use film-based cameras with adjustable shutter speed and f-stop. A limited number of cameras are available for rental.
    Photography IView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1301
    Course Title:Two Dimensional Design I      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces a visual vocabulary and tools essential for all flat design and space, and investigates basic principles related to composition, pattern making, illusory space, and self expression. Various techniques and materials are explored including paint, pencil, pen, brush, and pastels. This course also introduces students to artists and design elements from a variety of cultures. Strongly recommend taking Drawing I before this course.
    Two Dimensional Design IView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1310
    Course Title:Three Dimensional Design      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:As an introduction to the basic language of three-dimensional design, this course includes constructive, additive, subtractive and substitution techniques using traditional and contemporary media. Various methods of presentation are explored ranging from small freestanding works to site-specific models and proposals.
    Three Dimensional DesignView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1340
    Course Title:Fundamentals of Color      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:The course teaches fundamental color theory by introducing the physical, perceptual, and artistic aspects of color. The dimensions of color are explored through theory and practice using paint and colored papers. Students also are introduced to the theories of the physiology and the psychology of color reception, cultural taste and preferences as they relate to color choices, and the color usage of well known artists, of art movements, and of different world cultures. Strongly recommend taking Drawing I before this course.
    Fundamentals of ColorView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1401
    Course Title:Drawing I      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces basic drawing concepts such as line, value, gesture, proportion, composition, and space; and techniques using traditional and contemporary drawing media. A variety of subjects from still life, architectural forms, nature and the human figure are used as inspiration for the student's drawings. Students will also be introduced to the art of important artists who have used drawing successfully in their work.
    Drawing IView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1402
    Course Title:Drawing II      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course continues the study of drawing concepts using various media to explore color, the human figure, and representational as well as non-representational subject matter. Personal expression is emphasized. Students will examine the art of important artists who have used drawing successfully in their work. Prerequisite: Art 1401
    Drawing IIView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2180
    Course Title:Art History: Pre-History to the Age of Cathedrals      Goal Areas:06,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines painting, sculpture and architecture of cultures from prehistory to the end of the 15th Century. While the emphasis is on developments in Western art, the course includes overviews of the arts of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Museum visits support the lectures and text.
    Art History: Pre-History to the Age of CathedralsView06,08 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2190
    Course Title:Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century Art      Goal Areas:06,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines painting, sculpture and architecture of cultures from the 16th century to the present, as well as new media of the modern era. While the emphasis is on developments in Europe and the United States, the course will include overviews of the arts of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Museum visits support the lectures and text.
    Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century ArtView06,08 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2611
    Course Title:Painting I      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the basic skills and techniques of painting. The study of paint and materials, the use of color in painting and the development of ideas are important elements in this class. Exploration of realism, abstraction and contemporary painting are all important aspects of Painting I. Recommended: Art 1340.
    Painting IView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2900
    Course Title:Studio Arts Capstone Practicum      Goal Areas:06       Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is intended for students who have completed a significant portion of coursework in the Studio Arts AFA program and are within a semester of completion. It is a capstone experience in which students will refine their skills in portfolio building, artistic presentation in the professional arts world, resume building, critique skills, exhibition preparation, and use of web resources for artists' representation. Students will work closely with faculty to integrate concepts learned throughout their program into a final portfolio of work in preparation for continued study or work. Prerequisites: Art 1301, Art 1310, Art 1340, and Art 1401
    Studio Arts Capstone PracticumView06 1
     
    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Program Electives - 14 credits
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1102
    Course Title:Photography II or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is for students with a basic background in camera operations and darkroom procedures. There is a greater emphasis on the photograph as a fine print, the student's personal growth and perceptions in the medium. Class time will include discussions, slide shows and guest lectures. Students must have a film-based camera with adjustable shutter speed and f-stop. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Art 1101
    Photography II orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1160
    Course Title:Digital Photography or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:A logical sequence to Art 1101 or 1140, this class emphasizes the computer as a digital darkroom to create photographic images through the traditional camera or a digital camera. ): Course content includes an overview of basic photographic techniques and a rigorous examination of Adobe Photoshop through assignments and personal exploration, class critiques and artist presentations, to help student understanding of photographic art. Students must have their own digital or analog camera.
    Digital Photography orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1270
    Course Title:Digital Video Production or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces basic video production concepts and techniques with an emphasis on using the elements of motion and sound as creative artistic tools. Students will critically analyze video in terms of genre, context, meaning, visual language and form and then produce and edit their own short projects that explore creative and experimental applications of the medium rather than the traditional mass communication form. Students are encouraged to use their own computer for editing if possible. Basic knowledge of the computer is helpful.
    Digital Video Production orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1302
    Course Title:Two Dimensional Design II or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course expands the study of flat design with emphasis on solving design problems. Students will be engaged in the more complicated tasks of integrating contrasting elements such as nonobjective and objective shapes, naturalism and idealism, shape and mass. Personal expression, design development and visual thinking as well as specialized techniques and materials are included. Design from different cultures and different artists will be discussed. Prerequisite: Art 1301
    Two Dimensional Design II orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1320
    Course Title:Introduction to Sculpture or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is a specialized study on an individual basis in wood, metals, plaster, clay, stone or mixed media. The student will work with the sculptural possibilities of these materials and refine their ability to work in one particular medium.
    Introduction to Sculpture orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1361
    Course Title:Ceramics I or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Ceramics is an introductory studio course that presents students with a fundamental understanding of the hand building and wheel throwing processes in clay. This course will focus on a creative and imaginative approach to solving visual problems in clay. Ceramics will introduce all methods of forming clay including pinch, throwing, coil and slab building.
    Ceramics I orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1362
    Course Title:Ceramics II or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Ceramics II is an advanced studio course that presents students with an in-depth understanding of the hand building and wheel throwing processes in clay. This course emphasizes student's development of a personal creative style taking an imaginative approach to solving visual problems in clay. Ceramics ll will introduce all methods of forming clay combining pinch, throwing, coil and slab building with comprehensive glazing techniques. Prerequisite: Art 1361
    Ceramics II orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:1770
    Course Title:Quilt Arts or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:This class explores the visual and expressive possibilities of quilting as a fine art. Students will solve design problems using fabric. Traditional and non-traditional quilting techniques will be used to enhance personal expression and to create innovative visual communications.
    Quilt Arts orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2612
    Course Title:Painting II or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:3

    Course Description:Using advanced painting techniques, this course emphasizes student's development of a personal style. Prerequisite: Art 2611
    Painting II orView06 3
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2740
    Course Title:Jewelry Workshop or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:1

    Course Description:This workshop is a basic introduction to rudimentary jewelry-making techniques which includes fabrication of metals through hand piercing, sawing, forging, soldering, riveting and forming raw materials such as silver, copper, brass and found objects. May be repeated for credit.
    Jewelry Workshop orView06 1
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2750
    Course Title:Ceramics Workshop or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:1

    Course Description:Ceramics Workshop is a basic studio course for art and non-art students which provides a fundamental understanding of the hand building and wheel throwing processes in clay. Ceramics Workshop will introduce all methods of forming clay including pinch, throwing, coil and slab building. This course is repeatable for credit.
    Ceramics Workshop orView06 1
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2781
    Course Title:Quiltmaking Workshop I or      Goal Areas:06       Credits:1

    Course Description:This is a basic workshop introducing the processes and technical skills of quilting along with an introduction to artistic principles such as color, texture, line, form, and composition. Students are also introduced to information about the history of quilting and the cultural connections quilting holds within our society.
    Quiltmaking Workshop I orView06 1
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2782
    Course Title:Quiltmaking Workshop II      Goal Areas:06       Credits:1

    Course Description:This is an advanced workshop which further develops the processes and technical skills of quilting along with artistic principles such as color, texture, line, form, and composition. This course may be repeated for credit.
    Quiltmaking Workshop IIView06 1
     
    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView01,07 3
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:01       Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site. Prerequisite: Engl 1200 or 1201 with a grade of C or higher
    College Writing IIView01 2
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView01 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView01 4
     
    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Natural Sciences or Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (Goal Area 3 or 4) - 3 credits: ANTH1020(3), BIOL1000(4), BIOL1001(4), BIOL1002(4), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1101(4), BIOL1102(4), BIOL1120(3), BIOL1130(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1350(3), BIOL1360(4), BIOL1610(1), BIOL1650(1), BIOL2020(4), BIOL2030(4), BIOL2100(4), BIOL2111(4), BIOL2112(4), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), CHEM1030(4), CHEM1061(4), CHEM1062(4), GEOG1010(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1110(4), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1130(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), MATH1010(3), MATH1031(3), MATH1032(3), MATH1080(3), MATH1090(4), MATH1130(3), MATH1140(3), MATH1150(3), MATH1160(4), MATH1170(4), MATH1180(5), MATH1190(5), MATH1200(3), MATH1221(5), MATH1222(5), MATH2010(3), MATH2220(5), MATH2300(3), MATH2400(3), NSCI1000(4), NSCI1010(1), NSCI1020(1), NSCI1030(1), NSCI1050(4), NSCI1060(3), NSCI1061(1), NSCI1070(3), NSCI1071(1), NSCI1110(4), NSCI1120(4), PHIL1050(3), PHYS1000(4), PHYS1030(4), PHYS1050(4), PHYS1070(3), PHYS1071(1), PHYS1120(4), PHYS1140(3), PHYS1201(5), PHYS1202(5), PHYS1400(3), PHYS1410(1), PHYS1450(3), PHYS1460(1), PHYS1601(5), PHYS1602(5)
    History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Goal Area 5) - 3 credits: ANTH1010(3), ANTH1130(3), ANTH1140(3), ECON1050(3), ECON1060(3), ECON1070(3), HIST1010(3), HIST1020(3), HIST1030(3), HIST1110(3), HIST1120(3), HIST1130(3), HIST1140(3), HIST1200(3), HIST1210(3), HIST1220(3), HIST1240(3), HIST1270(3), HIST1700(3), HIST1800(3), HIST1900(1), HIST2500(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), POLS1600(3), POLS1700(3), POLS2130(3), PSYC1110(3), PSYC1150(3), PSYC1160(4), PSYC1165(3), PSYC1170(3), PSYC1210(3), PSYC1220(3), PSYC1250(4), PSYC2110(3), PSYC2320(3), PSYC2330(3), PSYC2340(3), PSYC2350(3), SOC1110(3), SOC1710(3), SOC1750(3), SOC2110(3), SOC2200(3), SOC2210(3), SOC2410(3), SOC2730(3)
    People and the Environment (Goal Area 10) - 3 credits: ANTH1020(3), ANTH1130(3), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1600(1), BIOL1610(1), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), ENGL2340(3), GCST1030(3), GCST1040(3), GEOG1010(3), GEOG1190(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), INTD1030(3), INTD1040(3), NSCI1110(4), PHIL1200(3)
     
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
     
                                   Total Credit Required60

  • Program Outcomes

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    Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, natural worlds, and individual well-being including:



    • the study of creative accomplishments, in the context of other people and cultures, past and present, in a visual arts framework


    Develop intellectual and practical skills, including:



    • visual problem solving that employs technical skills and comprehension of art historical context with application for contemporary art work

    • oral and written ability to think critically and analyze contemporary and historical works of art from multiple cultures

    • general rules of visual literacy (two and three dimensional design principles, drawing from observation, color theory, digital and photographic technology, and ceramic methodologies)


    Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, including:



    • understanding forms and concepts associated with the history of art including western, non-western, modern and contemporary art

    • developing constructive, organized studio work habits

    • developing safe practices in the use of art materials and equipment

    • communicating issues of critical thinking skills via the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process


    Integrative Learning, including:



    • producing a portfolio of artworks

    • producing work for inclusion in the juried student art exhibition

    • participating in the capstone practicum course

    • having art works published in Under Construction, the literary art magazine

  • Career Opportunities

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    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

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    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

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    An Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete a program in a designated discipline in fine arts. The A.F.A. degree is designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree.


    Completion of an A.F.A. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Coursework
    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information
    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

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    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the: Higher Learning Commission 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504 1-800-621-7440

Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach Office
Educational Services Building
763-424-0724
admission@nhcc.edu