Visual Arts

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts with a field of study in Visual Arts is a program of study that combines studio courses in art and design with a broad range of liberal arts courses. The two-year degree program prepares students for creative positions in the workforce, and provide skills, values, and knowledge in the liberal and creative arts. Additionally, students are prepared for transfer into university bachelor’s degree programs and are trained in exhibit and portfolio preparation.

If transferring to another college, check with an advisor to see specific program requirements for the Visual Arts requirement.


Field of Study - 18 credit hours
Fine Arts Foundation 1
ARTS 1311Design I3
ARTS 1312Design II3
ARTS 1316Drawing I3
ARTS 1317Drawing II3
ARTS 2389Academic Cooperative3
Fine Arts Elective 1
Select one of the following:3
Painting I
Painting II
Sculpture I
Printmaking I
Art Metals I
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Digital Art I
Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis)
Photography II (Fine Arts Emphasis)
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 2,342
Creative Arts Elective
Art History I
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective
Art History II
Total Credit Hours60

Additional materials and supplies will be required in all Fine Arts foundation and elective studio courses. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase these materials when needed.


In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ARTS 1311 Design I 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
ARTS 1317 Drawing II 3
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer Session I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
ARTS 1312 Design II 3
ARTS 1303 Art History I 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
ARTS 1304 Art History II 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Fine Arts Elective - Field of Study 1 3
ARTS 2389 Academic Cooperative 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Courses to be chosen from Field of Study