Art

Associate of Arts Degrees

Center for Arts & Humanities
CCD.edu/Art

Community College of Denver currently offers two Associate of Arts degrees in art.

  

Art History Designation

Launch your way into a career that investigates the rich history of art and art making! Colorado’s diverse art and museum culture offers you a unique opportunity to focus your study of art and history towards a thriving career! The Associate of Arts degree with a designation in art history is designed for you to earn credit for the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts in art or art history and transfer to a four-year university to complete the bachelor’s degree. More specifically, this degree path invites you to explore hands-on the history of art.

As a student of art history, you will have the opportunity to research and analyze the way that art objects like painting, sculpture, architecture and photography have impacted society and changed over time. Many critical and creative thinkers from CCD have completed an art history degree with designation and transferred to prestigious four-year institutions to continue their education and launch successful careers. Career paths for art history degree holders include various positions within museums and galleries, including curation, exhibition design, restoration, preparation, registration and education. Other popular career paths include research assistants, art education, government or non-profit work and advanced university studies.

Course map

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ART 111 Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 2,3 3
MAT 120 Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 2 4
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 1,4 3
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
Logic: GT-AH3  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Film Art: GT-AH2  
World Religions-West: GT-AH3  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Music History Romantic Period to Present: GT-AH1  
Development of Theatre Greek to Renaissance: GT-AH1  
Music History Medieval thru Classical Period: GT-AH1  
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
ART 112 Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1 3
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3 3
ART 121 Drawing I 3
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
African American History: GT-HI1  
History of Latin America: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: Antiquity-1500: GT-HI1  
Women in World History: GT-HI1  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4
Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1  
 Subtotal16
Third Semester
ART 207 Art History 1900 to Present: GT-AH1 3
ART 131 Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1~GT-SC3) 4
Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
World Regional Geography: GT-SS2  
Choose One Elective 3-5
Spanish Language I  
French Language I  
Chinese Language I  
Introduction to Archaeology: GT-SS3  
Philosophy of Death and Dying: GT-AH3  
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal16-18
Fourth Semester
ART 132 Visual Concepts 3-D Design 3
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Ethics: GT-AH3  
Humanities: Medieval-Modern: GT-AH2  
Humanities: Modern World: GT-AH2  
World Religions-East: GT-AH3  
Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2  
Philosophy of Religion: GT-AH3  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 5 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3  
Choose One Elective 3-5
Spanish Language II  
French Language II  
Chinese Language II  
Drawing II  
Drawing I  
Painting I  
 Subtotal12-14
 Total Credits60-64
1

ART 110 can be counted as an GT-AH or as an elective class, if taken as a GT-AH class, student should chose another elective.

2

 Building Block Course

3

Students can take ENG 122 and an additional GT-CO3 course instead of ENG 121 and ENG 122.

4

6 total GT-AH credits must not be courses listed in the additional required courses.

5

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. 

  

Studio Art Designation

Draw, paint, or photograph your way to a career in the arts! Colorado’s diverse art culture provides many opportunities for visual artists who want to embrace their creativity and focus it towards a thriving career! The Associate of Arts degree with a designation in studio art is designed for you to earn credit for the first two-years of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts and transfer to a four-year university to complete the bachelor’s degree. More specifically, this degree path invites you to explore studio art-making techniques and the history of art making. 

As a student of studio art, you will have the opportunity to learn visual communication skills through drawing, design fundamentals in two- and three-dimensions, photography and more! Many talented artists from CCD have completed a studio art degree with designation and transferred to prestigious four-year institutions to continue their education and launch successful careers. Career paths for studio art degree holders include professional artist, various kinds of illustrators, art educator, art therapist, museum/gallery manager, street artist/muralist, art restorer, interior designer, fashion designer and body/theater artist.

Course map

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ART 111 Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1 3
ART 121 Drawing I 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 2,3 3
MAT 120 Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 2 4
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 1,4 3
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
Logic: GT-AH3  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Film Art: GT-AH2  
World Religions-West: GT-AH3  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3 3
ART 131 Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3
ART 112 Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1 3
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
African American History: GT-HI1  
History of Latin America: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: Antiquity-1500: GT-HI1  
Women in World History: GT-HI1  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4
Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1  
 Subtotal16
Third Semester
ART 221 Drawing II 3
ART 132 Visual Concepts 3-D Design 3
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art History 1900 to Present: GT-AH1  
Humanities: Medieval-Modern: GT-AH2  
Humanities: Modern World: GT-AH2  
World Religions-East: GT-AH3  
Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2  
Philosophy of Religion: GT-AH3  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1~GT-SC3) 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
World Regional Geography: GT-SS2  
Choose One Elective 3
Digital Photography I  
Visual Concepts 4-D Design  
Figure Drawing I  
Painting I  
Mural Painting I  
 Subtotal15
Fourth Semester
Choose One Elective 3
Digital Photography I  
Digital Photography II  
Visual Concepts 4-D Design  
Figure Drawing I  
Painting I  
Painting II  
Choose One Elective 3
Digital Photography II  
Visual Concepts 4-D Design  
Figure Drawing I  
Painting I  
Painting II  
Mural Painting I  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1~GT-SC2) 4
Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 5 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal13
 Total Credits60
1

 Building Block Course

2

Students can take ENG 122 and an additional GT-CO3 course instead of ENG 121 and ENG 122. 

3

 One Guaranteed Transfer Math course (GT-MA1), MAT 120 is recommended.

4

Students planning to transfer to CSU-FC for completion of the BA in Studio Art must complete two semesters of one foreign language for their electives 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 Studio Art in two years without this prior foreign language competency.