Mar 03, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
  
College Catalog 2023-2024

Studio Arts Option, A.S.


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The program offers foundation training for artists, photographers, media-creators, and studio designers by providing traditional and digital based art instruction and conceptual ideation towards individual expression. Gaining technical mastery over the foundational basic elements of art and principles of design provides them the flexibility to produce compelling artwork in any medium; skills with obvious, translatable commercial value. Graduates of this option may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer Pathways to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus.

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Total Credits: 15


Semester 1 Advising Note

  • New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.
  • Students, please consult with a VMA faculty member before registering.
  • VMA-100  and VMA-104  should be completed as soon as possible.
  • VMA-104  is pre-requisite for multiple courses.
  • Consider taking Gen. Ed. courses during Summer.

Semester 2


Total Credits: 15-16


Semester 2 Advising Note

  • Students, please consult with a VMA faculty member before registering.
  • Consider taking Gen. Ed. courses during Summer.

Semester 3


Total Credits: 15


Semester 3 Advising Note

  • Students, please consult with a VMA faculty member before registering.
  • Student should select electives based on their specialization in order to strengthen portfolio.
  • Consider taking Gen. Ed. courses during Summer.

Semester 4


Total Credits: 16


Semester 4 Advising Note

  • Students, please consult with a VMA faculty member before registering.
  • Student should select electives based on their specialization in order to strengthen portfolio.
  • Consider taking Gen. Ed. courses during Summer.

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:


  • Develop a portfolio in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Adapt the fundamental elements and principles of design to individual aesthetic.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Drawing, painting, and creating works in traditional as well as digital technologies and experimental forms.
  • Apply the basic principles of color theory.
  • Combine conceptual and critical thinking skills as applied to Studio Art

Career Outlook


 Graduates of this option qualify to transfer to bachelor’s degree-granting colleges or universities. Potential entry level careers in the visual arts, which vary according to the chosen major, may include: Fine Arts, Commercial Arts, Graphic/visual Design, Photography, Sculpture/3-D Designer, Illustration, Animation, Filmmaker, Videography, Architecture/Interior Architecture, Fashion Designer, Art Therapy, Art Education, Art Criticism and Theory, Art Historian, Art Critic, Curator, Gallerist/Art Dealer, Video Game Designer, Audio/Visual Artist, Audio Technician, Web Designer, Display Designer, Product Designer, and more. Students of all these tracks receive the same foundational curriculum within a typical four-year art college.

Transfer Options


MassTransfer A2B Map

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

MassTransfer A2B Link

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell

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