Students completing a program of study in Art will:
- Work hard, in depth, and take risks in relation to new concepts, content, techniques, and processes.
- Produce a strong thematic body of work.
- Be able to extend investigative work on projects over a period of time.
- Display growth in the understanding of the visual language, issues, and concepts.
- Develop competence in the manipulation of materials and media (craft).
- Be able to discuss their own work and the work of others within the context of art discourse and visual literacy.
- Develop a critical way of seeing, understanding, and interpreting space.
- Understand the place and role of the artist in society and culture.
- Develop a level of critical thinking that will enable them to continue to develop their ideas.
- Develop a level of independence and self-motivation to continue working outside of the academic environment.
The level to which students develop in these areas will be determined by the art program they complete and individual commitment to that program of study.
Art programs providing a concentration within a specific medium (Visual Arts, Visual Arts MassTransfer Option) enable students to achieve a higher level of mastery in that medium. In addition, programs including study in the Liberal Arts (Liberal Arts - Art, Visual Arts, Visual Arts MassTransfer Option) provide students with a set of experiences designed to strengthen their general education abilities.
Which program is right for you?
The Visual Arts and Visual Arts MassTransfer Option AS degree programs provide concentrations in Computer Arts, Painting & Drawing, Photography, and Video. Students complete a shared arts foundation and then go on to complete the coursework in one of the concentrations listed above. While the MassTransfer Option is primarily designed for transfer to Umass, the regular Visual Arts degree program is designed to transfer to any art school across the country. Schools we frequently transfer students to are listed on our Transfer Optionspage.
The Digital Media Certificate Program is designed for students with an interest in digital video, photography, and computer arts to gain experience working within these mediums. Because this program does not provide general education experiences it is typically not suitable for transfer to a BFA program of study (though many of the individual courses may be credited towards a four-year degree).
The Liberal Arts - Art AA degree program is designed for students requiring a liberal arts education and an emphasis in art-making. Students seeking entry into an arts education, curatorship, or museums program, or who are uncertain about their next step, should consider this program option.
Interested in a different program of study?
Students seeking transfer into an architecture, design, fashion, illustration, or sculpture program should consider the Liberal Arts - Art degree and take ART 132 Drawing II, ART 235 Figure Drawing, and three additional art studio courses (selected through advising). In most cases, due to the nature of these transfer programs, it will serve students better to transfer after their second or third semester at GCC. It is critical that students research the degree requirements at schools they are planning to apply to before taking too many courses within their major at GCC.
Students with an interest in game design/development should start in the Computer Arts concentration of the Visual Arts degree or the Digital Media certificate program. NOTE: Most game design programs begin team-based learning after the freshman year and, as a result, do not permit transfer beyond the sophomore level.