The Associate of Arts in Studio/Fine Arts is based on the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway in Studio/Fine Arts.  It is recommended for students planning to start at Tri-C and transfer to a four-year institution to major in Studio/Fine Arts.

The Art program at Tri-C connects students with top-notch faculty and working professional artists who can help them achieve their creative goals and grow as artists.

There are a variety of art-related careers in commercial, nonprofit and government settings. Some of the many potential careers in the Arts include: Fine Artist (Ceramicist, Painter, Printmaker, Photographer, etc.), Art Teacher, Art Historian, Art Curator, Art Preparator/Handler, Art Therapist, Arts Administrator, Art Director, Art Critic/Writer, Museum Technician, Textile/Fabric Artist or Designer, Muralist, and many more!

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Related Degrees and Certificates

Ohio Transfer 36, Certificate of Proficiency

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competency working with foundational skills in drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.
  2. Use foundational concepts to visually demonstrate an understanding of the processes and materials involved in the creation of artwork in a variety of media.
  3. Apply art making skills to solve visual problems, communicate concepts, and develop personal expression.
  4. Examine the visual arts within past and present historical contexts.
  5. Apply oral and written skills to critically evaluate and analyze artwork.
  6. Apply critical thinking skills to constructively evaluate one’s own artwork, the work of peers, and the artworks of historical and contemporary artists.
  7. Be prepared for transfer to four-year Bachelor of Arts program in Studio Fine Arts.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ART-1050 Drawing I 3
ART-1081 2D Design and Color 3
GEN-1070 First Year Success Seminar 1
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Requirement 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Natural Science Requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ART-1070 3D Foundations 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Requirement 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Natural Science Requirement (with Lab) 3-4
Select one of the following studio art electives: 3
Ceramics I 1
Painting I 1
Life Drawing I 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
 Credit Hours15-16
Third Semester
ART-2020 Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Arts and Humanities Requirement (must be selected from a discipline other than Art) 2 3
MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning (or Ohio Transfer 36 Approved Mathematics course) 3
Foreign Language (if needed) or Studio Art Elective 3-4
Select one of the following studio art electives: 3
Ceramics I 1
Painting I 1
Life Drawing I 1
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Semester
ART-2030 Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present 3
ART-2790 Portfolio Development 1
ART-XXXX 1000 or 2000 level Studio Art Elective (See below list) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
Foreign Language (if needed) or Studio Art Elective 3-4
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Elective 3
 Credit Hours16-17
 Total Credit Hours62-65

Course credit in ART-2050 Painting IART-1700 Ceramics I, and ART-2000 Life Drawing I can only be applied once to fulfill studio art elective requirements.


Students must take one 2000 level course to either meet the open Arts and Humanities requirement or the open Social and Behavioral Science requirement to meet the College's Advance Coursework requirement.

Studio Art Electives

ART-1100Sculpture I3
ART-1700Ceramics I3
ART-2000Life Drawing I3
ART-2050Painting I3
ART-2210Printmaking I3
VCPH-1261Photography I3

Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign language requirements at four-year institutions vary widely and may depend on how many foreign language courses you took at the high school level. For this reason, you should check with your intended transfer institution to determine how many foreign language credits are required for your intended transfer program and plan accordingly.   To fulfill foreign language requirements, you should select from the below Transfer Assurance Guide approved foreign language courses.  If your intended program of study doesn't require foreign language or you have fulfilled the requirement based on coursework taken in high school, you may select other appropriate Ohio Transfer 36 or Transfer Assurance Guide approved courses as electives, in place of the foreign language requirement.  See recommendations above for studio art elective selection.

Foreign Language Requirement
ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
FREN-1010Beginning French I4
FREN-1020Beginning French II4
FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
GER-1010Beginning German I4
ITAL-1010Beginning Italian Language and Culture I4
ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3

Cultural Sensitivity and Civic Responsibility Requirement

Students should select at least one designated cultural sensitivity course and at least one designated Civic Responsibility course to fulfill their Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Science requirements from the below lists.  View full list of courses that can be selected to fulfill Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences requirements here.

Recommended Cultural Sensitivity Electives

DANC-1100Dance Appreciation3
ENG-2310American Literature I3
ENG-2320American Literature II3
ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama 13
ENG-2510African-American Literature I 13
ENG-2520African-American Literature II 13
ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents 13
ENG-2700World Literature 13
ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology 13
HIST-2031Islam to the Modern Middle East3
HUM-1010Introduction to Humanities3
HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
MUS-1010Survey of European Classical Music3
MUS-1020Survey of Jazz3
MUS-1030Survey of Rock and Roll3
PHIL-2010Comparative World Religions3
REL-1010Introduction to Religious Studies3
THEA-1010Theatre Appreciation3
THEA-2210History of Theatre and Drama I3
THEA-2220History of Theatre & Drama II3
ANTH-1010Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-2010Peoples and Cultures of the World3
HIST-1010History of Civilization I3
HIST-101HHonors History of Civilization I3
HIST-1020History of Civilization II3
HIST-102HHonors History of Civilization II3
HIST-1510United States History to 18773
HIST-1700History of Africa3
HIST-2150African American History to 18773
HIST-2660Women in American History3
POL-2070International Relations3
PSY-1010General Psychology3
PSY-2020Life Span Development4
SOC-2100Aging and Society3
SOC-2410Sociology of Gender3
SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3
UST-1010Introduction to Urban Studies3

 Recommended Civic Responsibility Electives

HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
HUM-2020Community Engagement Through the Humanities3
PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
GEOG-2030Environmental Geography3
HIST-1510United States History to 18773
HIST-151HHonors United States History to 18773
HIST-1520United States History Since 18773
HIST-152HHonors United States History since 18773
POL-1010American National Government3
POL-101HHonors American National Government3
POL-1020State & Local Government3
POL-2030Comparative Politics3
POL-2070International Relations3
UST-1010Introduction to Urban Studies3
WGS-2120Women and Politics3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.