Fine & Performing Arts - Visual Arts

Fine & Performing Arts - Visual Arts

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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Visual Arts Concentration The Visual Arts concentration offers courses comparable to those taken during the first two years at typical professional art schools and in college or university art departments. The program's flexible design permits students to transfer to both kinds of institutions. There is a strong emphasis on foundation courses, and each student is encouraged in the development of a portfolio. Related majors at the baccalaureate level: art education, art history, art therapy, arts management, commercial art, fashion design, film making, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, painting, photography, sculpture, textile design. This is a Joint Admissions eligible program. Program Advisor: Lisa Yetz, ext. 4712.

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Graduation Requirements

Program Credits

FAS 111 Drawing I 3
FAS 120 Drawing II 3
FAS 123 Two-Dimensional Design I 3
FAS 124 Three-Dimensional Design I 3
FAS 125 Three-Dimensional Design II 3
FAS 163 Two-Dimensional Design II 3
FAS 210 Fundamentals of Painting 3
FAS 225 Figure Drawing OR 3
FAS 227 Figure Painting 3
FAS 240 Intermediate Painting 3
Specialized Elective (3) 3


General Education Credits

COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT Mathematics 3
HIS 113 Western Civilization I 3
HIS 114 Western Civilization II 3
ENG Literature 3
FAS Art History (1) 3
Natural or Physical Science (2) 8
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
Environmental Studies (2) 1


Total Credits 66

Additional Requirements

Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
Forum 12 Units
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages
(overall and area of specialization) 2.0

(1) Art History chosen from FAS 156, FAS 171, FAS 172, FAS 173.

(2) Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by two 4-credit laboratory science courses. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101, ENV 102, fulfills both the Natural or Physical Science and the Environmental Studies requirements.

(3) Specialized elective chosen from course designated FAS, MUS, or THR. Students planning to major in art at a baccalaureate institution should choose an art history course.