Art Concentration (ARTS) – Community College of Rhode Island

Art Concentration (ARTS)

Associate in Fine Arts Degree (AFA_FINE)

art studentsThe Art program is designed for both students who plan to transfer to a four-year college, university or design school and students seeking an introduction to art. The curriculum at CCRI is the equivalent of the freshman and sophomore years in many four-year bachelor's degree programs in art or a foundation program at a design school. The art curriculum is structured as an introductory level for non-majors, the foundation level, specialized disciplines and intermediate level.

Students enrolled in the A.F.A. degree program should work closely (beginning in the first semester) with full-time faculty members from the Art Department in selecting and sequencing courses. Students should check the transfer requirements of the four-year program for which they are preparing and retain all of their work in a portfolio.

  • Students should take a balance of general education and major requirements each semester. Where possible, take courses in the order they are listed here starting with the 1000 level and moving up to the 2000 level.
  • Studio courses are demanding and require extended blocks of time. See course descriptions for details.
  • Complete major requirements before enrolling in any visual art elective courses.
  • Do not enroll in more than one art history course per semester.

Note: Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.

The Fine Arts Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)


Total General Education Requirements Credits 21

Major Education Requirements
ARTS 1010 Drawing I   3
ARTS 1020 Color   3
ARTS 1310 Two-Dimensional Design   3
ARTS 1410 Three-Dimensional Design   3
ARTS 1500 Art Seminar   3
ARTS 1510 Art History: Ancient to Medieval   3
ARTS 1520 Art History: Renaissance to Modern   3
One of the following Art History courses:
ARTS 1530
OR ARTS 1550

Art History: Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas
OR Art History: Modern through Contemporary
One of the following Digital Art courses:
ARTS 1840
OR ARTS 1845
OR ARTS 1850

Digital Art 1
OR Video Art
OR Digital Photography 1
Four (4) Visual Arts Electives Select four courses from: ARTS Electives
OR LIBA 1010

Total Major Education Requirements Credits 39

Total Program Credits: 60

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Last Updated: 4/14/20