Program Overview

The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Art degree offered by Northwest Vista College is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. The hybrid format refers to students having to take some courses in the online learning environment and others in the traditional, on campus and in class room environment. This program aims to equip students with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to matriculate into a four year senior institution like a college or university and pursue a Bachelor’s level program of study in Art. Through this program, students will not only acquire foundational competencies, but also lower division course requirements needed to matriculate as at least a sophomore into a four year degree program. This program focuses on Liberal Arts credits as well as beginner’s level and post-secondary introductory Art courses. Students who graduate with an Arts degree can go on to pursue careers in art-related positions, such as: independent studio artist, production artist, teacher, illustrator, photographer, museum or gallery employee, advertising artist, graphic designer, or arts administrator.

This program requires its students to take and complete at least 60 credits of courses in order to graduate with the Associate of Arts with a concentration in Art degree from Northwest Vista College. As aforementioned, there are some General Education requirements. Students must take General Education courses in order to help them acquire Liberal Arts skills such as critical thinking and the ability to analyze effectively. The General Education requirements include: Composition I and II, one Communication elective, one Mathematics elective, 2 courses in Natural Science, two courses in Humanities, one course in Visual and Performing Arts, two courses in History, two courses in Government, and one courses in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students must also take 18 hours of Art courses. The required courses include: Design I: 2 Dimensional, Design II: 3 Dimensional, and Drawing I. Students must take either Art History I or Art History II, as well as choose two additional Arts electives that range from Painting to Sculpture to printmaking to Ceramics to Digital Art to Photography.

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    Degree Level: Associate

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Northwest Vista College is one of five colleges within the Alamo Colleges system of Bexar County, Texas. Founded in 1995, Northwest Vista College is a public, two-year institution of higher education, with the school’s main campus located in the city of San Antonio, Texas.  Northwest Vista stands by their mission, which “creates opportunities for success by offering quality academic, technical and life-long learning experiences to its diverse communities in a collaborative, student-centered, data-informed and shared leadership environment."

    Students attending Northwest Vista College, in conjunction with Alamo Colleges, can enroll in blended eLearning and fully online degree programs, including associate’s degrees and specialized certificates. Through Alamo Online, students can complete a two-year transfer program to further academic goals, or complete workforce training degrees.

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