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Art History AA

Have you ever looked at a famous painting or sculpture and wondered about its creation? Have you thought about what historical factors may have influenced the artist’s style and point of view? If so, a degree in Art History will give you the knowledge and skills to observe works of art in a new and exciting way. You will develop visual and critical abilities to recognize social, political, philosophical, literary, and religious context of the time period in which they were created. This expertise can lead to a number of opportunities, working in galleries, museums, schools, or for an art publication.

An associate program in Art History is a first step toward a career as a curator, archivist, or art authenticator. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History, Fine Arts, and Visual and Performing Arts.

The first year of an Art History 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 Behavior 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 art history will grow and deepen. Coursework will include Art History: Ancient to Medieval, Art History: Renaissance to Modern, and Art History: 1900 to Present. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees. 

Art History - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (31-32 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 GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4) EXCEPT the courses listed in the Additional
Required Courses section below
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural & Physical Sciences 7 or 8 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GTSC2); one of these courses must have the required laboratory (GTSC1)
*Additional Required Courses (28-29 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 207/1113 Art History: 1900 to Present
**Electives - 10-11 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 towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

**Students planning to transfer to CSU-FC will be required to complete a 200-level foreign language for completion of the BA in Art – Art History. Students will be expected to be prepared upon completion of the associate’s degree to take an intermediate foreign language or be able to pass the CSU-FC Foreign Language placement exam at the sophomore level. It may not be possible to complete the BA in Art – Art History concentration in two years without this prior foreign language competency.

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 Art History AA degree from Otero College.

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

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.A. Art; Art History concentration]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.A. Art; Art History emphasis]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. Art History, Theory, & Criticism]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. Art History]

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

University of Colorado Denver
[B.A. Fine Arts; Art History emphasis]

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

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Art; Art History & Theory emphasis]