Your Curriculum

Art

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Basic Design, Digital Art, Survey of Visual Arts
Mary Girsch:
503-491-7416
Room VA30A
Mary.Girsch@mhcc.edu

Painting, Drawing, New Media
Lori Lorion:
503-491-6967
Room VA30C
Lori.Lorion@mhcc.edu

Ceramics
Joe Davis:
503-491-7149
Room VA30D
Joe.Davis@mhcc.edu

Art History, Printmaking
Georganne Watters:
503-491-6947
Room VA30B
Georganne.Watters@mhcc.edu

Sculpture, 3-D Basic Design
Nathan Orosco:
503-491-6968
Room VA30E
Nathan.Orosco@mhcc.edu

Nestled in the foothills of old growth forests with views of Mount Hood, the department of Visual Arts provides a broad foundation of study in multiple art disciplines: studio art, art history and new media. Encouraged to experiment and push beyond obvious solutions, students learn to think holistically and critically and to produce meaningful work by expressing their ideas in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. Our award-winning faculty maintain active professional careers and represent a richly diverse ecosystem of philosophies and practices. As dedicated mentors and advisers, they prepare students to expand their artistic horizons, be agile in a fast-moving world and pursue a wide-range of goals beyond the community college setting designed to inspire a lifelong passion in creative engagement.

For students seeking an associate or transfer degree, visual art classes can be applied to fulfill the Humanities requirement (see one of the degree options on pages 10-17). Also note that the digital art classes fulfill the general education Computer Literacy requirement.

This two-year course of study is designed to meet transfer requirements for the General Fine Arts degree program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Interested students should contact your department advisor to individualize and prepare an educational plan.

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit competence in visual language through the creative art practice
  • Apply rational and critical thinking skills when developing a project from concept to form
  • Identify the historical, multicultural and contemporary context they are working in
  • Articulate ideas expressed in artwork by integrating oral, written and visual communication skills

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a degree in fine arts at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-17.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

First Quarter (Fall)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ART115 Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional1
4
ART204 History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine1
4
ART231 Drawing I1
4
WR121 English Composition
4
   
16

Second Quarter (Winter)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory1 or ART117 Basic Design III: Three-Dimensional1
4
ART205 History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance1
4
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D
4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking
4
   
16

Third Quarter (Spring)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern1
4
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D
4
  Oral Communication2
3-4
  Social Science requirement2
3-4
   
14-16

Fourth Quarter (Fall)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ART234 Life Drawing I
4
  Studio Course: Digital3 or 2-D
4
  Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D or Digital3
4
  Science requirement2, 4
3-5
   
15-17

Fifth Quarter (Winter)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ART117 Basic Design III: Three-Dimensional1 or  
  ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory1
4
  Studio Course: Digital3 or 3-D
4
  Studio Course: 2-D or 3-D
4
  Science requirement2, 4
3-4
  Social Science requirement2
3-4
   
18-20

Sixth Quarter (Spring)

Course Number Course Title Credits
  Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D or Digital
4
  Studio Course: 2-D, 3-D or Digital
4
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life
3
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elem Functions
4-5
   
15-16

1 Required art course.
2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, page 16.
3 Computer Literacy is a requirement in this Associate of Science degree. A digital art course from ART225, ART226, ART227, ART228 or ART229 fulfills your general education Computer Literacy requirement.
4 BI121 would be beneficial to all art majors. CH104 would be beneficial to ceramics majors.

2-D Studio Courses

Course Title
ART115/116/117* Basic Design I, II, III
ART214 Digital Art: Page Layout
ART219A/B/C Calligraphy
ART225/226/227** Digital Art I, II, Introduction to 3D Modeling, Animation and Special FX
ART228 Digital Art: Web Design
ART229 Experimental Animation Video
ART231*/232/233*** Drawing I, II, III
ART234*/235/236 Life Drawing I, II, III
ART240/241 Drawing: Cartooning I, II
ART271/272/273 Printmaking I, II, III
ART281/282/283 Painting I, II, III
Watercolor I, II, III

3-D Studio Courses

Course Title
ART254/255/256 Ceramics I, II, III
ART257/258/259 Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing I, II, III
ART291/292/293 Sculpture I, II, III

* Course is included as a requirement.
** Select from the following: ART214, ART225, ART226, ART227, ART228 or ART229 as a required course for majors. This will also fulfill your general education Computer Literacy requirement for an Associate of Science degree.
*** ART232, 233: It is highly recommended that the entire drawing sequence be completed before transfer.

Transfer Schools' Web Links

School Link
Oregon State University oregonstate.edu/dept/arts/
Portland State University pdx.edu/the-arts/
Southern Oregon University sou.edu/art/
University of Oregon art-uo.uoregon.edu/
Marylhurst University marylhurst.edu/art/bfa-art.php
Pacific Northwest College of Art pnca.edu/programs/bfa/majors/
An articulation agreement exists with PNCA’s GFA degree program. Please see an adviser for details.
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts ocac.edu
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