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Studio Art - AA

Do you spend your spare time doodling, taking photos, or making collages? Do you dream of becoming a professional artist? Grow your passion for creating art into a career with a degree in Studio Art. This program will allow you to explore different visual art mediums, including painting, sculpting, photography, graphic design, and digital art. You’ll develop your technique as you learn more about the use of color, space, line, and form. This program can be a path to self-employment as an independent artist who creates pieces on commission or a job at an art school, gallery, commercial art studio, or production company.

An associate program in Studio Art is a strong foundation for a career as an art director, graphic designer, animator, or gallery owner. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Art, Studio Art, Fine Arts, and Art and Design.

Students should work closely with their advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

The first year of a Studio Art program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses in your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences.

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of different art styles and mediums will grow and deepen. Coursework will include Art History, Visual Concepts, and Drawing. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees.

Studio Art - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (31 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
ENG 122/1022 English Composition II and a GT Pathways approved CO3 course
Mathematics 3 One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT 120/1240
Mathematics for Liberal Arts
Arts & Humanities  6 Two Arts & Humanities Elective Courses
History  3 One History Elective Course
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1,
Natural & Physical Sciences 7 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GTSC2); one must have the required laboratory (GT-SC1)


*Additional Required Courses (21 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
3 ART 111/1111 Art History: Ancient to Medieval
3 ART 112/1112 Art History: Renaissance to Modern
3 ART 121/1201 Drawing I
3 ART 131/1002 Visual Concepts 2-D Design
3 ART 132/1003 Visual Concepts 3-D Design
3 ART 221/1202 Drawing II OR ART 128/1203 Figure Drawing I
3 Any three-credit STUDIO ART course
Electives - 8 credit hours

*Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Studio Art AA degree from Otero College.

Adams State University
[B.A. Liberal Arts; Studio Arts emphasis]

Colorado Mesa University
[B.F.A. Art; Studio Art concentration]

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.A. Art; Integrated Visual Studies concentration]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.A. Art]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. Art; Art option

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. Art]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. Studio Arts]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.A. Visual & Performing Arts; Visual Art option]

University of Colorado Denver
[BA. Fine Arts; Studio Art emphasis]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.A. Art & Design; Art emphasis]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Art; Studio Art emphasis]